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Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar

December 14, 2013

The Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar, created by the EPA in collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), discusses the benefits of robust decision-making, an analytical framework meant to address decisions that are plagued with high-levels of uncertainty.  This webinar is a part of the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative.  The webinar aims to demonstrate how drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities can use robust decision-making for climate change related planning.

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

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Washington D.C. DDOT Green Infrastructure Standards

May 1, 2014

In 2014, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) released design requirement standards for Green Infrastructure (GI) design, construction and maintenance in the public right-of-way. The intent is to provide stormwater retention to meet the regulatory requirements, along with the infrastructure requirements within the public right-of-way. The standards were developed for Low Impact Development techniques including bio-retention, permeable pavement, and street tree space design.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Green Values - National Stormwater Management Calculator

The National Stormwater Management Calculator is one tool found in the “Green Values” Stormwater Toolbox developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The National Green Values Calculator (GVC) is focused on stormwater run-off reduction, and is a tool for comparing the performance, costs, and benefits of green infrastructure, or Low Impact Development (LID), to conventional stormwater practices. The GVC is meant for a single site, or a campus of buildings contained on a single site.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Assessing the Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies in the Cities of Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New York

2014

The research summarized in this report quantifies the impact that typical urban heat island mitigation strategies - such as reflective roofs, cool pavements, and vegetation - have on ambient conditions and mortality during extreme heat events. The study estimated reductions in heat-related mortality in three cities: Baltimore, Maryland; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York. The findings of this paper can help urban planners and city officials looking to further quantify the health and life-saving benefits of reducing summer urban heat islands (UHI) with cool surfaces and increased vegetation strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jennifer Vanos, Laurence Kalkstein, David Sailor, Kurt Shickman, Scott Sheridan

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Legal Issues in Floodplain Mapping to Reflect Climate Change

November 2013

This article addresses floodplain mapping to reflect climate change impacts such as flooding from sea level rise, reviews the legality of use of updated maps for land-use regulations, and cites court cases dealing with flood maps historically.  

Related Organizations: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)

Author or Affiliated User: John Kusler

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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FHWA Transportation, Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series

October 29, 2013

This webinar series from the Federal Highway Administration provides recordings and transcripts of four webinars devoted to climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments.  This webinar series was originally offered internally in May - June 2013, and is now available on FHWA’s website.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Resilience Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

October 16, 2013

The purpose of this study commissioned by the Post Carbon Institute, was to explore how cities in the U. S. that are already leading the way on sustainability are understanding and applying the concept of resilience in their policies and planning. The survey found that leading U. S. municipalities already have a much more sophisticated understanding of climate resilience involving economic, energy, and social challenges than previously believed - and that they are putting it into action through policies, regulations, and programs.

Related Organizations: Post Carbon Institute

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - Chapter 8: Adaptation

October 8, 2013

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with producing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change developed the plan in 2013, and included a chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation in Maryland.

Related Organizations: Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California AB 691 - State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise

October 5, 2013

California Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assembly member Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown October 5, 2013. Effective January 1, 2014, this law will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Water Plan 2013 Update

October 2013

A five year effort by the California Department of Water Resources, the California Water Plan 2013 Update presents the status and trends of California's water-dependent natural resources; water supplies; and agricultural, urban, and environmental water demands for a range of plausible future scenarios. The California Water Plan also evaluates different combinations of regional and statewide resource management strategies to reduce water demand, increase water supply, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and enhance environmental and resource stewardship.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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