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Microsoft Climate Data Initiative

July 2014

In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Microsoft offers the Climate Data Initiative (CDI) Award program. This program supports the CDI’s goals of preparedness for and resilience to climate change impacts.The Microsoft Azure for Research program granted 12 months of free cloud computing resources to 20 awardees selected. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Microsoft

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Virginia EO 19: Convening the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

July 1, 2014

Under Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, this July 2014 executive order creates a new Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission to conduct an assessment of the recommendations from the state’s 2008 Climate Change Action Plan.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

July 2014

In 2014, marking the centennial anniversary of its founding, the Rockefeller Foundation announced the launch of a $100 million challenge to help one hundred cities build greater resilience. As of May 2016, the 100 Resilient Cities network has reached 100 members and is no longer accepting applications.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation

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Protecting Our Capital: How Climate Adaptation in Cities Creates a Resilient Place for Business

July 2014

This report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) focuses on climate change adaptation activities reported globally by over 200 cities and more than 4,500 large companies to illustrate how action by city governments creates a resilient place for business. 

Related Organizations: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), Carbon Disclosure Project

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Interior, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy to form a Green Infrastructure Collaborative to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities

June 2014

This report was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to support the integration of community level climate resiliency solutions into State Revolving Fund (SRF) policies. NRDC describes how to incorporate water efficiency, green infrastructure, and flood risk reduction into SRFs, and provides examples of states and municipalities already experiencing successes with these approaches.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Severe Weather and Manufacturing in America: Comparing the cost of drought, storms, and extreme temperatures with the cost of new EPA standards

June 2014

This analysis compares the cost of the new EPA mandated reforms on energy standards intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 30% by 2030, with the costs manufacturers ultimately face from the impacts of severe weather. The Business Forward Foundation puts these numbers into perspective by examining automotive manufacturing - the largest industrial sector in the U.S.

Related Organizations: Business Forward Foundation

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Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners, and the Public

May 21, 2014

From the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, this report reviews the legal tools available for sea level rise adaptation in the State of Delaware, and analyzes the legal issues related to the use of each tool. The report also discusses the current status of the tools under Delaware law, and provides recommendations for changes needed in Delaware law to make them more effective.

Related Organizations: Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kenneth T. Kristl, Harry Cook, Rebecca Drowos, William Eppler, Joshua Grajewski, Kari Hassett, Jay Patel, Adam Wojewodzki, Justin Forcier

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Baltimore, Maryland Growing Green Initiative

May 14, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched the Growing Green Initiative (GGI) on May 14, 2014. This City effort repurposes vacant lots to advance community priorities, including open space, growing fresh food, managing stormwater with green infrastructure, recreational space, and social resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Baltimore, Maryland

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Oxford, Maryland Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection Fund, Ordinance 1403

May 13, 2014

On May 13, 2014 the town of Oxford, Maryland adopted a pioneering ordinance to create a Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection (SMSP) Fund. Oxford commissioners unanimously agreed to increase the town’s property tax rate in order to collect fees for the maintenance, enhancement, improvement and repair of the Town’s stormwater management and shoreline protection improvements, facilities and systems. The fund will raise approximately $100,000 per year to help mitigate ongoing and increasing impacts from flooding throughout the community.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, EPA Environmental Finance Centers

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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