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Tucson, Arizona Rebates for Curb Cuts to Harvest Rainwater

July 2015

In Tucson, curb cuts can reduce flooding on streets and capture water for irrigation in the arid region. Tucson began offering water harvesting rebates for the installation of curb cuts, openings created in the curb to allow stormwater from the street to flow into water-harvesting basins. Curb cuts are used to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing down the street, often diverting that water into basins to irrigate vegetation. The Tucson City Council voted in November 2014 to expand the city’s rainwater harvesting rebate program to provide rebates for curb cut installation.

Related Organizations: City of Tucson, Arizona, City of Tucson, Water Department, Tucson Water

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U.S. Department of Transportation's Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST)

2015

The U. S. Department of Transportation's Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) is an Excel-based tool* designed to help transportation planners conduct a quantitative, indicator-based screening of transportation system vulnerabilities to climate stressors. It is intended for use by state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other transportation organizations and agencies, to help these agencies efficiently assess vulnerabilities and prioritize assets.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan - Beach SAMP

July 15, 2018

Rhode Island developed the Beach SAMP guidance document to support the state's coastal communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Plan provides guidance and tools for coastal municipalities and state agencies to prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea level rise, the increased frequency and severity of coastal storm events, and associated impacts of erosion, saltwater intrusion, infrastructure damage, and more. The study area for this plan includes the entire coastal zone - over 420 miles - of Rhode Island and all 21 coastal communities.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

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Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action (GCC)

September 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Law University, Georgetown Climate Center

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PLAN Hermosa: City of Hermosa Beach, CA Integrated General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan

August 22, 2017

PLAN Hermosa, for the City of Hermosa Beach, California, sets the overall policies and priorities to manage its structural, environmental, social, and economic resources. Climate change is a priority issue addressed in the plan, with a focus on the impacts of sea level rise and extreme heat.

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PlaNYC 2030 - A Greener Greater New York

April 2011

First released in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented effort undertaken by New York City Mayor Bloomberg to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

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Portland Water Bureau Sustainability Action Plan, 2011 Update

2011

The Portland Water Bureau adopted a three-year Sustainability Action Plan in September 2007, with this update released in 2011. The plan, updated annually, includes specific action items and targets in the following sectors:

Related Organizations: Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland, Oregon

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Plan for the 21st Century - New Orleans 2030 (City of New Orleans, Louisiana Master Plan)

August 12, 2010

New Orleans, Louisiana’s “Plan for the 21st Century,” also referred to as the Master Plan, is a City Charter-mandated planning framework for New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental, and economic future. Sponsored by the City Planning Commission, the Master Plan is New Orleans' primary policy and planning document, intended to guide the city’s growth for the next 20 years. The Master Plan has proposed climate adaptation related measures represented across many sectors, and contains a chapter dedicated to Green Infrastructure, and another to Resilience.

Related Organizations: New Orleans City Planning Commission, City of New Orleans, Louisiana

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Monroe County, Florida Climate Action Plan

November 2013

The Monroe County Climate Action Plan outlines goals and recommendations for a coordinated climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy for the County government and local communities within the Florida Keys. The Keys are a series of small islands off the southern tip of Florida that are highly vulnerable to sea level rise, storms and extreme rainfall, among other climate impacts. The plan integrates mitigation and adaptation into existing policies and programs, as well as introduces new ideas based on best practices from around the country.

Related Organizations: Monroe County, Florida

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

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

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