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Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

May 2017

This report offers an analysis of 14 voluntary resilience standards by which buildings can be evaluated. The resilience standards addressed are based on guidelines and tools designed to help communities prepare for climate change and hazards - including certifications, benchmarking systems, planning frameworks, and design principles. Recognizing that the market for climate resilient infrastructure standards is nascent, the report discusses how existing programs can encourage medium-term and long-term planning, evaluating the programs using the following criteria: Target Audience - focuses on the type of facility, factors beyond those of the physical site, and the life cycle of the building Impact and Scope - considers social vulnerability and performance goals for certain situations including flooding, earthquakes, and high winds Standard Development Process - how community input was incorporated in the program design and the verification process The resilience standards analyzed were developed by various organizations including nonprofits, universities, U.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation, Barr Foundation, Energy Foundation, Meister Consultants Group

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100RC - Strengthening the National Flood Insurance Program

November 7, 2017

This 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) report recommends ways to enhance urban resilience with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The policy proposals offered here describe “how Congress could create a fiscally sound NFIP that provides affordable and actuarially responsible flood insurance and promotes proactive city-level actions to reduce flood losses.”

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

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Meat of the Matter: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing

December 7, 2017

The research behind this report suggests that shifting institutional food procurement away from meat and dairy products and towards plant-based options would significantly reduce GHG emissions, and is more sustainable. Eating more plant-based foods is considered essential to meeting climate change goals - as well as plant-based foods offer quantifiable health and environmental benefits. This guide offers tools, strategies, and guidance on how cities and counties can advance climate-friendly food procurement.

Related Organizations: Friends of the Earth

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Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

December 13, 2017

From the National Wildlife Federation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, this report outlines ecological or nature-based solutions to prepare for and adapt to hazards in New Jersey coastal communities. It describes measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, National Wildlife Federation

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Climate Chaos and Local Resiliency – Water Solutions in the American West 

December 2017

Carpe Diem West presents seven case studies of local water resilience/conservation initiatives across the western U.S. in this online resource.  The organization’s 10th year anniversary report is a presentation of successfully implemented solutions for adapting our water usage to the changing climate. These seven stories highlight strategies that are grounded on the principles of equity, collaboration and sustainability.

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Resilient By Design - Bay Area Challenge

May 31, 2017

Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco, California Bay area to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. The Resilient by Design - Bay Area Challenge was modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, a successful program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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2016 Resilient Cities Summit Report - Solutions for Sustainable Land Use

2017

The National League of Cities, Urban Land Institute, and U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hosted the second Resilient Cities Summit in 2016 which convened mayors, senior city officials, and experts in sustainable development, finance, land use, real estate, and infrastructure. Focused on how cities can be more resilient, the purpose of this summit was to offer participants access to land use tools and resources to advance resilience in their cities. The report includes many examples of resilient cities and offers related resources.

Related Organizations: National League of Cities, Urban Land Institute, U.S. Green Building Council

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Delaware Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project

June 30, 2017

As part of Delaware’s Climate-Ready Workforce Pilot Project, this report recommends strategies to address climate-related risks to indoor and outdoor workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures, storms, flooding, as well as indirect impacts related to air quality, vector-borne disease, and water-related illness. Written in response to the Climate Framework for Delaware, the report addresses concerns about climate-related threats to workers across state agencies, and offers recommendations related to policy development and implementation.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Delaware Office of Management and Budget

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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.   The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community.

Related Organizations: Abt Associates, The Kresge Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Joel B. Smith, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola

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GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

November 15, 2016

This Georgetown Climate Center report analyzes the six winning Rebuild by Design competition projects that were awarded funding after Hurricane Sandy to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding disaster-affected communities in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. This report includes detailed case studies of each of the six winning projects two years into their implementation, and the report summarizes the important lessons that are being learned by officials at all levels of government as they work to design and construct these cutting-edge infrastructure projects in ways that will deliver multiple community benefits and prepare these communities for future impacts from climate change.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuild by Design, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

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