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Elevated Floating Bridge on Washington State Route 520

Spring 2016

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is reconstructing the Evergreen Point floating bridge, which runs over Lake Washington along State Route 520 (SR 520) near Seattle, to better accommodate varying winds and storms. The new design will be elevated, which will better protect drivers and the road from waves and storms, and the pontoons that allow the bridge to float will be designed to withstand higher winds. In its climate impacts vulnerability assessment, WSDOT has recognized that high winds could increase as a result of climate change and more extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

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Virginia Climate Change and Resilience Commission Report to the Governor

December 21, 2015

In December 2015, the Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission issued its report and final recommendations to then Governor Terry McAuliffe. The report identifies the Commission's top five recommendations for climate action in the state, and includes recommendations for both preparing for climate impacts as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia, Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

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Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multi-Family Building Resilience

December 1, 2015

Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience is a compilation of strategies for retrofitting affordable housing buildings in order to make these properties more resilient against climate hazards and extreme weather events. Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) developed the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded resilience manual to provide guidance to affordable multifamily building owners on retrofit strategies that will help protect and adapt their properties to a variety of climate hazards typical to the Northeastern United States.

Related Organizations: Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

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Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans

November 24, 2015

ecoAmerica has developed market-tested messages about climate change solutions to engage Americans across political and demographic groups. This climate messaging platform employs research methods to test specific words, phrases, and narratives that link climate change to mainstream American values and concerns. ecoAmerica also created several thematic messages to tap into personal interests and affiliations including: Health, Faith, Business, Communities, and Higher Education.

Related Organizations: ecoAmerica

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Reimagining New Orleans Post Katrina - A Case Study in Using Disaster Recovery Funds to Rebuild More Resiliently

August 26, 2015

A decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, a new case study by the Georgetown Climate Center examines some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to use disaster relief funding to rebuild New Orleans' public schools and stormwater systems.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: James DeWeese

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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

Developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study discusses how the City of Austin, Texas agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a climate adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

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Louisiana: Addressing Sea-Level Rise

August 19, 2015

This case study, developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, examines state and local activities in Louisiana to reduce coastal vulnerability from sea level rise, extreme storms, and land subsidence.  It focuses on how the state is prioritizing and designing coastal flood protection and restoration projects in consideration of future sea-level rise through the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Vicki Arroyo, Myriam Alexander-Kearns

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Washington DC: Targeting Urban Heat Islands

August 2015

This case study discusses how Washington DC is preparing for the impacts of climate change including sea-level rise, increasing flood risks, and heat waves. The case study explores how District agencies integrated considerations of climate change when developing the city's Sustainable DC plan, which was developed through an interagency working group.  This effort spurred the development of a city-wide vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan.  The case study also explores the District’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands by making grants to pilot the use of cool roofs, implementing the Smart Roof Initiative to retrofit District-owned buildings, and adopting of a new Green Building Code.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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The Ethics of Traditional Knowledge Exchange in Climate Change Initiatives

July 31, 2015

This essay from the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW) makes the case that climate scientists, academics, policymakers, and others working with tribes to utilize traditional knowledges, need guidelines for ethical conduct for using this knowledge. The essay recognizes traditional knowledges as beneficial to climate change because of indigenous peoples’ unique knowledge of the environment but comments that there are opportunities for abuse.

Related Organizations: The Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Green Infrastructure Projects

2016

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is implementing multiple green infrastructure projects based on their Urban Watershed Assessment, which will identify green and grey sewer infrastructure improvements over the next twenty years.  The SFPUC recognizes that the sewer system, treating both sewage and stormwater runoff, was not built to withstand the impacts of climate change - such as intense rainstorms that overwhelm the system. The watershed-based planning process is being used to help plan the City’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar project to to upgrade aging infrastructure, and ensure the reliability and performance of the sewer system.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, City and County of San Francisco, California

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