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Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

August 2012

This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens. It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Options for Adaptation and Loss and Damage in a 2015 Climate Agreement

November 2014

The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) is a consortium of the world’s top climate experts from developing and developed countries that have come together to "catalyze discussion and build momentum toward reaching a global climate agreement at the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in 2015. " This report shares ACT 2015’s research on key elements of the 2015 climate agreement. The paper explores some of the primary issues relating to climate adaptation, incorporating loss and damage (L&D), and outlines options for addressing them in the 2015 agreement.

Related Organizations: Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chukwumerije Okereke, Prajwal Baral, Yamide Dagnet

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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San Francisco Climate and Health Profile

November 2014

The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s (SFDPH) Climate and Health Program works to address the public health consequences of climate change at the local level and improve climate change preparedness and resilience in San Francisco, California. The SFDPH's Climate and Health Profile is an assessment and educational resource that links climate change impacts with their associated health outcomes, and identifies populations and locations most vulnerable to these health outcomes. 

Related Organizations: San Francisco Department of Public Health, City and County of San Francisco, California

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Climate Adaptation Plan

October 31, 2014

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Federal agencies released their agency Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans on October 31, 2014. The agencies were directed to assess their vulnerabilities to climate change impacts in these plans, and to outline how they will protect Federal programs, assets and investments. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Climate Adaptation Plan commits HHS to preparing for the challenges posed by climate change by leading the way on implementation of sustainable operations, promoting climate-resilient health and human services, supporting scientific research focused on the effects of climate change on human health and well-being, as well as developing effective risk reduction and adaptation measures.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan

October 31, 2014

On October 31, 2014, EPA released the final versions of its Agency-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the 17 Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans produced by the Program and Regional Offices. The EPA Adaptation Plan identifies vulnerabilities to EPA’s mission and goals from climate change, and presents priority actions the Agency will take to incorporate considerations of climate change into its programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure they are effective under future climatic conditions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 13, 2014

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment to identify the state’s vulnerabilities to climate change, especially as related to the public health impacts of extreme heat events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, flooding and drought.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk (New York City)

October 8, 2014

‘Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk,’ from the New York City Department of City Planning, is a comprehensive guide for New York City homeowners living in new and existing flood zones. Along with a thorough assessment of applicable federal, state and city regulations relating to flood risk, the report provides retrofitting strategies that will enable property owners to adapt buildings for flood resiliency. 

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap

October 2014

The Department of Defense (Department, DoD) recognizes that climate change will affect their ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security, and has developed the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap representing the Department’s climate adaptation activities and strategies in response to these impacts. The 2014 report builds upon and updates the original 2012 DoD Adaptation Roadmap. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Urban Implications of Living with Water (Boston, Massachusetts)

October 1, 2014

From the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Boston/New England, this report examines the threats of climate change in Boston - specifically, sea level rise and its related impacts. The report also provides short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions, which the real estate community and public sector can adopt to improve preparedness and response to the effects of rising seas.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Developing a Local Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for Virginia Beach

October 2014

This report documents the results of work by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the City of Virginia Beach on developing local sea level rise adaptation strategies. The overall goal of the report is to provide a roadmap for Virginia Beach’s efforts to incorporate sea level rise planning and adaptation into its projects, policies, and regulations. While it focuses on Virginia Beach, this planning guidance builds on previous regional studies and is intended to serve as a model or guide for action by other communities in Hampton Roads and other regions.

Related Organizations: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality , City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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