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How State Governments Can Help Communities Invest in Climate Resilience

September 2020

In 2020, the Innovation Network for Communities, Climate Resilience Consulting, and The Summit Foundation released a report, How State Governments Can Help Communities Invest in Climate Resilience. The report presents recommendations for how states can better support climate resilience efforts at the local level. The report includes a framework for how states are already adapting to climate change (e. g. , governance structures, state plans), outlines six key recommendations for developing a state-local resilience financial system, and offers a state assessment checklist to help states implement those recommendations.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce E. Coffee, LEED AP, Peter Plastrik

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Citizen Science: Mapping Urban Heat Islands in Richmond, Virginia

The urban heat island mapping project in Richmond, Virginia is a collaborative project that brings community members together to collect temperature variation data in order to design community-scale adaptation plans. Richmond is a highly populated city that has encountered increased urban heat island effect in recent years. While current technology such as satellites can provide city-scale urban heat data, a more detailed, block-by-block examination of temperature variation in each community has to be studied to understand which communities are most vulnerable to the extreme heat. "Citizen-scientists" were gathered to help measure temperatures in their own city, and related human activities or land use. The citizen-scientists included students from the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University; the Virginia Academy of Science; the City of Richmond’s Sustainability Office; and Groundwork RVA, a nonprofit focused on empowering local young people in the communities.  

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Lac du Flambeau Climate Change Resilience Initiative

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians have developed the Climate Change Resilience Initiative incorporating traditional knowledge and western science to better understand how the land, waters, species and resources have been and will be affected by climate change. The Initiative is built around the greater goal of protecting minobimadiziiwin (culture and way of life) and the economy of the Waswagoning (Lac du Flambeau) community for the next seven generations. Four climate related plans were developed by the Lac du Flambeau including an Energy Reduction Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

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Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook

August 2019

To operationalize California’s statewide vision of honoring social equity in the climate adaptation planning and decision-making processes, the Greenlining Institute published Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook. The guidebook provides detailed step-by-step guidelines for policymakers to ensure social equity is embraced and implemented throughout the adaptation processes, from goal setting, to policy implementation, to outcome evaluation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sona Mohnot, Jordyn Bishop, Alvaro Sanchez

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A Perfect Storm: Extreme Weather as an Affordable Housing Crisis Multiplier

August 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019, the Center for American Progress published “A Perfect Storm,” a report which analyzes the relationship between the affordable housing and climate change crises, and presents 5 policy recommendations for building more resilient and prepared communities. The report explores the intersection of diminishing affordable housing and rising homelessness, as well as the disproportionate impacts extreme weather events have on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Authors of the report assert that local, state, and federal policymakers must take action to build strong, healthy, accessible, and affordable communities in the face of a changing climate.

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NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention

July 26, 2019

NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 2019 Hydrant Education Action Team (HEAT) program is a fire hydrant abuse prevention campaign that deploys teams of teens hired through the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to inform New Yorkers about the dangers of illegally opening fire hydrants. The program educates residents on how the hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Miami, Florida Resilient 305 Strategy

July 2019

This climate resilience plan was created collaboratively by Greater Miami and the Beaches (GM&B) - a unique partnership between Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and the City of Miami Beach. The unified adaptation strategy integrates climate change planning and preparedness for the low-lying coastal communities in southeast Florida (which share area code 305). The Resilient305 Strategy offers 59 action items that will help municipalities to better prepare for and respond to increasing occurrences of hurricanes, sunny day flooding, and sea level rise, as well as social and economic inequities.

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City of Punta Gorda Adaptation Plan Update

June 28, 2019

On June 28, 2019, the City of Punta Gorda released an Adaptation Plan update to assess public infrastructure vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise. An addendum to the update report to 2009 climate adaptation plan with a living shoreline element, the updated plan is the product of the NOAA’s 2018-2019 Florida Resilient Coastlines: Resiliency Planning grant, administered by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and in collaboration with Taylor Engineering, Inc.

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Santa Monica Sustainability Rights Ordinance

June 25, 2019

The Santa Monica Sustainability Rights Ordinance, adopted by the Santa Monica City Council in June 2019, declares a human right to a healthy environment and grants natural ecosystems a right of existence. The ordinance reaffirms the City’s commitment to protecting and modeling sustainability, including with regard to rights it recognizes but believes existing law fails to protect. The ordinance empowers citizens to bring suit to protect nature’s rights and their own related to the environment.

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A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

May 2019

This handbook was designed to support climate-smart meadow restoration projects in the mountain meadows of northern California. The report offers guidance on incorporating climate change impacts into a meadow vulnerability assessment, and adaptive measures into restoration planning and design. The report describes how to conduct a vulnerability assessment, and how to apply Point Blue’s climate-smart restoration principles to address those vulnerabilities with adaptation measures. The guide describes desired meadow restoration outcomes, climate projections for the Sierra Nevada region, and includes a summary of a climate vulnerability assessment for four riparian meadow restoration projects in the northern Sierra and southern Cascades.

Author or Affiliated User: Marian Vernon

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