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Wisconsin Climate and Health Toolkits

2019

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services created the Climate and Health Toolkits to offer guidance on health-related climate change preparedness and response to local governments, health departments, and the public. Nine toolkits focused on Extreme Heat, Flood, Winter Weather, Wildfire, Chemical Release, Harmful Algal Blooms, Drought, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes, and Vectorborne Disease are provided, each accompanied by a one-page fact sheet for general audiences. Each toolkit offers background information, climate trends, and health impacts associated with the topic, as well as preparedness strategies and guidance, best practice tips, communication tools for outreach, and additional resources.

Related Organizations: Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities

July 2015

This self-assessment tool from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency is a checklist of “smart growth” strategies for local governments and planners that can help inform the development of healthier and more resilient communities. This “yes”/“no” checklist is organized by eleven goal areas common to rural communities, each including examples of associated strategies from around the country with related resource links. The self-assessment allows rural communities to identify strengths and gaps in policies, plans, programs, codes, and zoning regulations which can help inform subsequent identification of high- and medium-priority strategies to address a community’s unique goals and needs.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. HHS 2017 Environmental Justice Implementation Progress Report

January 2017

This report summarizes the progress of activities outlined in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy, which complies with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (Clinton, 1994). The report identifies priority focus areas for HHS, one of which is climate change. The agency's accomplishments to advance the 2012 Strategy as of 2016 are detailed, including the progress status of 37 actions related to environmental justice that HHS committed to in 2012.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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A Linkage Network for the California Deserts

February 2012

From the Science and Collaboration for Connected Wildlands and Northern Arizona University, this report presents the findings of a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional habitat connectivity assessment for 44 focal species of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in southern California. This study aimed to identify “least-cost” land corridors and linkages essential to maintain or restore in order to promote the adaptive capacity of species movement and ecological processes under changing climatic conditions.

Related Organizations: Northern Arizona University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristeen Penrod, Paul Beier, Emily Garding, Clint Cabanero

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Sustainable Franklin County, Massachusetts

June 2013

Sustainable Franklin County is a comprehensive, regional sustainable development plan for rural Franklin County, Massachusetts. The plan provides recommendations and strategies for local governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals to build long-term sustainability and climate change resiliency throughout the county. The report is focused on Housing, Transportation, Economic Development, Energy, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Land Use and Infrastructure sectors, and integrates social equity and climate change adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Franklin County Regional Council of Governments

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peggy Sloan, Jessica Atwood, Ryan Clary, Alyssa Larose, Stacy Metzger, Mary Praus, Megan Rhodes

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State of California Executive Order N-19-19

September 20, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-19-19 on September 20, 2019 to require the redoubling of the state’s “efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while building a sustainable, inclusive economy.” The Executive Order (EO) includes four main directives:

Related Organizations: California Office of the Governor, State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The Climate Plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

November 2011

Developed cooperatively by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Legacy Fund, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, this handbook provides a framework for integrating the impacts of climate change into water resources management. Key decisions, resources, tools, and planning options are presented to guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate. The handbook uses CA DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning framework as a model into which analysis of climate change impacts and planning for adaptation and mitigation can be integrated at a regional scale.

Related Organizations: Resources Legacy Fund, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), California Department of Water Resources

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Staying Green: Strategies to Improve Operations and Management of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Staying Green discusses the barriers to and recommendations for effective operation and maintenance of green infrastructure practices for stormwater management. Green infrastructure (GI) requires proper maintenance to function effectively and continue to provide climate change adaptation benefits, such as urban heat island and flood mitigation. This report offers specific strategies, based on examples from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and the country, to improve the operations and maintenance of GI practices.

Related Organizations: American Rivers, Green For All

Author or Affiliated User: Stacey Detwiler

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York State Climate Smart Communities: Climate Smart Resiliency Planning Evaluation Tool

October 2014

Climate Smart Resiliency Planning is a non-regulatory self-assessment tool developed for local government decision makers in New York State to identify opportunities in municipal planning for climate change resilience. The tool is formatted as a “yes/no” questionnaire for local planners and managers to assess a community’s current plans, climate hazard risks, disaster preparedness, and public engagement. Results can be used to inform the development of integrated planning documents that incorporate adaptation strategies to address a community’s vulnerability to climate impacts such as flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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