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Cleveland Climate Action Fund

2015

Cleveland, Ohio was awarded $60,000 through the Partners for Places program, to support the establishment of a model for developing and funding equitable neighborhood climate action projects, that will reduce carbon emissions and help build thriving and healthy communities. The Fund provides free educational climate action workshops and competitive grant opportunities for projects that advance neighborhood priorities while also furthering Cleveland’s climate action goals.

Related Organizations: Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Foundation, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

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Partnerships for Resilience and Empowered Planning (PREP): Community Resilience Planning Handbook

2015

The Community Resilience Planning Handbook offers the building blocks for creating individual Community Resilience Plans by providing resources and best practices for resilience planning. The handbook is designed to help communities assess their vulnerability to climate change, evaluate social sensitivity and risks, determine current adaptive strengths, engage in scenario planning around identified vulnerabilities, and prioritize vulnerability focus areas for resource allocation.

Related Organizations: Southeast Sustainability Directors’ Network, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, University of Arkansas, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Delaware Valley Indicators of Potential Disadvantage Tool

2014

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley nine county, two state region. In 2001, DVRPC developed the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) - an Environmental Justice (EJ) technical assessment to identify direct and disparate impacts of its plans, programs, and planning process on defined population groups in the Delaware Valley region. DVRPC describes that the Commission is committed to making federal Title VI and environmental justice a part of their planning process, integrated in all programs and plans, and a guide for public participation efforts.

Related Organizations: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit

2015

The Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit provides adaptation resources that communities can use to address climate impacts on coastal Louisiana. This toolkit highlights adaptation strategies, and offers guidance on how to use certain practices or policy strategies in concert with the natural environment of Louisiana’s coast to foster adaptation. In addition, the toolkit contains links to resources on each of the coastal impacts covered in this document, and funding options to implement these adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: The Water Institute of the Gulf

Authors or Affiliated Users: Garrett C. Wolf, Craig E. Colten

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New Hampshire Coastal Viewer

2015

The New Hampshire Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool with coastal resources spatial data, hazards-related spatial data, and other spatial data sets for New Hampshire's 42 coastal watershed communities. Launched in 2015, this tool provides users the ability to access more than 150 spatial data sets, and to make and share their own customized maps.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, University of New Hampshire

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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A RainReady Nation: Protecting American Homes and Businesses in a Changing Climate

January 2015

With more intense storm and rain events putting stress on inadequate drainage systems in the U. S. , this report assesses urban flooding risks and describes why current efforts to respond are inadequate. It also outlines a climate change resilience strategy for addressing flood risks designed by The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) called RainReady. Urban flooding is defined as “the inundation of property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rain overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems, such as storm sewers.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Preparation Frame: A Guide to Building Understanding of Climate Impacts and Engagement in Solutions

March 2015

The Preparation Frame offers guidance on climate change communication methods and strategies, and focuses on helping communities to prepare for and reduce the risks of climate disruption. The guide describes how to strategically frame the climate conversation, and effectively convey vulnerabilities and the need to plan for and reduce associated impacts. The report presents guiding principles for solutions-based messaging around both the challenges and opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Climate Access

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cara Pike, Sutton Eaves, Meredith Herr, Amy Huva, David Minkow

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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New York State Prize - Community Microgrid Competition (NY Prize)

2015

The “NY Prize” competition is administered by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to support New York State communities innovation in electricity grid planning and development. Microgrids are stand-alone energy systems that can separate from the larger electrical grid to operate independently in the event of a power outage. During extreme weather events or emergencies, microgrids can provide power to individual customers and critical public services such as hospitals, first responders, and water treatment facilities.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

2015

This report argues that Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) are uniquely poised to support resilience planning by taking actions such as bridging governmental and functional boundaries, identifying funding opportunities, supporting planning, providing technical expertise, and helping to communicate key messages. It also makes the case that regional organizations have a pivotal role in rural landscapes where formal government capacity is weak. The report synthesizes the literature on resilience, describes the role of RDOs, and presents the latest developments around measuring resilience.

Related Organizations: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment Website: PIRCA.org

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) website provides information and resources about climate change in Hawai'i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands, including tools, reports, case studies, and fact sheets.

Related Organizations: Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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