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Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

September 2010

This report, published by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aims to encourage the implementation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) at publicly owned wastewater treatment works (POTWs) by providing accurate performance and cost/benefit information. The report’s focus is mainly on energy efficient equipment replacement, operational modifications, and process control enhancements that lead to improved energy efficiency and cost savings with reasonable payback periods (10 years or less).

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

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Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges

September 2010

Based upon freshwater forums in the proceeding year, The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit was held June 9, 2010, at which leaders from business, non-governmental organizations, agriculture, academia, government, foundations and communities convened to develop a set of consensus recommendations to address U.S. freshwater challenges.

Related Organizations: The Johnson Foundation

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A Study of Regional Partnerships and Collaborative Approaches for Enhanced Local Government Adaptation to Climate Change

June 7, 2010

Through exploration of regional partnerships and collaborative programs, this study identifies how the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change is being built into local government policy, planning and operations in the United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and the U.S.

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Rogers

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Climate Adaptation and Watershed Transboundary Governance Institutions

June 2010

Because the physical circumstances determining water quality and quantity occur on a watershed level, a watershed-wide approach has become all the more imperative when the myriad effects of climate change on water quantity and quality are added to the equation. This policy brief investigates Watershed Transboundary Governing Institutions (TGIs) in order to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different institutional approaches, governance designs and policies instruments they employ and to recommend which of these approaches, designs and practices should be incorporated in future efforts to manage watersheds.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

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Water, Climate Change, and Forests: Watershed Stewardship for a Changing Climate

June 2010

From the U. S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, this report describes the critical role of forests in protecting watersheds from the impacts of climate change. The report details the pressures on forests, including growing human populations and problems posed by climate change, from warmer temperatures to invasive species. Climate adaptation strategies are discussed for forest and watershed management, many in the context of hydrological impacts, engagement and collaboration, and ecosystem restoration.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael J. Furniss, Brian P. Staab, Sherry Hazelhurst, Caty F. Clifton, Ken B. Roby, Bonnie L. Ilhardt, Elizabeth B. Larry, Albert H. Todd, Leslie M. Reid, Sarah J. Hines, Karen A. Bennett, Charlie H. Luce, Pamela J. Edwards

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Promoting Innovative Climate Adaptation through Federalism

August 2010

This issue brief is one in a series from Resources for the Future addressing adaptation policy in the U. S. The paper is focused on the role that different institutions will play in establishing adaptation policy in the U. S. , suggesting that adaptation could require major changes from all types of social institutions - households, firms, nonprofits, and above all, governments. Key recommendations are centered on the role of the federal government to enable state and local action. Institutional mechanisms to support the federal role are discussed.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Winston Harrington

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EPA Green Infrastructure Case Studies: Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure

August 2010

This report by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes the benefits of green infrastructure, and the most common and influential green infrastructure policies. A brief background on how each approach works, and examples from relevant case studies including results, barriers and processes for implementation are provided.   This report is meant to serve as a policy guide for municipalities that wish to create local policies and programs to allow, require and encourage green infrastructure.

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

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Broadening Horizons: Climate Change and the U.S. Armed Forces

April 28, 2010

This report, published by the Center for a New American Security, explores the dual pressures of climate change and energy on each U.S. military service and combatant command, and offers suggestions to improve the country's ability to promote national security in the face of a changing climate.

Related Organizations: Center for New American Security

Authors or Affiliated Users: Commander Herbert E. Carmen, Christine Parthemore, Will Rogers

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Pre-Positioning Policy as a Public Adaptation to Climate Change

June 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from the second phase of a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: V. Kerry Smith

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Improving the Odds: Using Climate-Readiness to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem

October 2010

This National Wildlife Federation report documents the efforts of Great Lakes' cities, businesses, scientists and resource managers to adapt to climate change and protect people, wildlife and natural resources. The report calls for the widespread adoption of "climate-ready" strategies like those cited in a diverse set of case studies. The report features current climate-ready practices and policies that help build adaptive capacity in the region, and identifies tools and future opportunities for action.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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