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Building the Blue Economy: Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations in Stormwater Management

April 17, 2014

Using Buffalo, New York as a primary case study, this report explores  both the challenges and winning strategies for advocating for neighborhood-level green infrastructure solutions. It focuses on a project called “PUSH Blue,” supported by the non-profit People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo, to implement stormwater management intervention in Buffalo’s West Side. Especially for low-income communities, such projects can yield strong intersecting benefits for sustainability, neighborhood redevelopment, and job creation.

Related Organizations: People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), The Partnership for the Public Good

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sam Magavern, Tina Meyers, Jen Kaminsky, Sarah Maurer

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The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?

July 2014

The report explores the challenges of retrofitting New York City's multifamily housing stock against future climate threats. New York City is largely built out and most structures are multifamily buildings that cannot be retrofitted using existing guidance for single family homes. Even more, the city must find ways to protect its limited stock of affordable housing, and cannot trade units for resilience. This report details design solutions and offers policy recommendations for city officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may help remove barriers to achieving long-term resilience in this stock.

Related Organizations: NYU Furman Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kevin Findlan, Vrunda Vaghela, Max Weselcouch, Jessica Yager

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The Role of Buildings in Climate Adaptation

May 2014

With a focus on New Jersey, the report discusses considerations related to buildings that can be part of an adaptation strategy. Infrastructure vulnerability is discussed in terms of the social, economic, and environmental impacts that damaged buildings can create. The report describes the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the current state of preparedness, and makes a number of recommendations on how the state can improve building resilience.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

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Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

October 2014

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the threat of tidal flooding in the East Coast and Gulf regions and offers steps that communities can take to adapt. The report makes the case that tidal flooding, currently just considered a nuisance, could become a daily or weekly occurrence, redefining how and where people along the coast “live, work, play, and move through their daily lives. " Data was collected in 52 locations to provide projections for sea level rise and tidal flooding in the region until 2045.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Melanie Fitzpatrick, Kristina Dahl

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National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources

2014

A chapter of the National Climate Assessment, this report provides an overview of the challenges that indigenous peoples in the United States face due to climate change, as well as the opportunities they have to prepare. Climate change will undermine indigenous ways of life and, in many cases, tribal adaptation efforts will be “limited by poverty, lack of resources, or [. . . ] because there may be no land left to call their own. ” The assessment emphasizes the importance of leveraging traditional knowledge for adaptation planning efforts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding

May 2014

Investigating Cook County, Illinois as a case study, this report assesses the financial cost related to urban flooding between 2007-2011.  Urban flooding as described here can include overflow from rivers and streams, sewage pipe backups, water seepage through building walls and floors, and stormwater accumulation. Cook County is primarily urban and densely populated with the City of Chicago making up approximately 54% of the population. The study found that urban flooding is chronic and often repetitive in this county, costing a total of $773 million in insurance claims over five years.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

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Houston-Galveston, Texas: Observed Trends and Projected Future Conditions

October 2014

This brief report summarizes the vulnerabilities of the Houston-Galveston region of Texas to climate change. It was prepared after a 2-day workshop that looked at observed and projected impacts related to rising sea levels, storm surge, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. The report describes the unique characteristics of the region and these projected impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Sierra Climate Change Toolkit - 3rd Edition

2014

The Sierra Climate Change toolkit addresses climate change across the Sierra Nevada region of California, with localized strategies for emissions reductions and adaptation. The report describes climate change impacts in the Sierra, as well as recent regulations, policy directions, and incentives to reduce emissions and adapt. Adaptation strategies are outlined for water and watershed management, wildlife and habitats, forestry, wildfire, and City and County land-use planning. This 3rd edition from the Sierra Nevada Alliance expands its focus from previous versions with more strategic detail, case studies and further support for the development of an adaptation framework that works within existing planning processes throughout the Sierra.

Related Organizations: Sierra Nevada Alliance

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Metro Boston Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report

June 30, 2014

The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has developed this adaptation strategy in response to research on the current and projected climate change impacts for the 101 cities and towns of the Metro Boston area of Massachusetts. A Vulnerability Assessment was conducted in developing this strategy and finds that the region is expected to experience an increase in frequency and severity of rain and snow storms, and an increase in heat waves, and sea level rise as a result of climate change.

Related Organizations: Boston, Massachusetts Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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King County, Washington Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

November 2014

The King County, Washington Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan reflects a partnership between the County and 55 different cities, schools, fire districts, hospitals and utility districts throughout the County to identify and mitigate the impacts of disasters - including the impacts of climate change. In 2015, the final updated plan was approved by Washington State and FEMA. Federal compliance rules require this plan be updated every five years.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

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