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Climate Change, Resilience and Fairness - How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

April 2016

Utilizing case studies from extreme flooding events, this paper synthesizes lessons learned, hazard mitigation strategies, and best practices in adaptation. The focus is on nonstructural adaptation strategies such as disaster planning and mitigation, and property buyouts. The best practices for implementing nonstructural adaptation strategies are also discussed with respect to impacts on, and solutions for, vulnerable communities.  The paper is grounded in three case studies of flooding events that each caused widespread damage, occurred across a range of demographic and socio-economic conditions, and involved both structural and nonstructural post-disaster adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Center for Progressive Reform

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Case Study of the Atlanta BeltLine - Adaptation Aspects

2016

The Atlanta BeltLine project demonstrates how cities can reuse underutilized sites and facilities to enhance city resilience to future climate impacts. (However, the BeltLine project is not being designed explicitly as a climate change adaptation project.) With the BeltLine project, the city is converting 22 miles of disused railway beds surrounding the city into a biking and pedestrian loop and a streetcar line, which will include 1,300 acres of new and 700 acres of restored greenspace.

Related Organizations: City of Atlanta, Georgia

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GAO Report - A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information

November 2015

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) promotes a national system to provide climate information to U. S. decision makers in this report to Congress. The report examines the extent to which federal efforts meet the climate information needs of decision makers; how federal efforts could be improved; and the strengths and limitations of different systems to provide climate information. GAO reviewed government funded climate data sharing programs in three other countries - Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom - and describes their key characteristics.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Lessons from the Storm: Climate Displacement Three Years After Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2015

This report by the Center for American Progress assesses the recovery of New York’s and New Jersey’s middle- and low-income communities three years after Hurricane Sandy. The report analyzes the challenges encountered by state and city leaders to help reduce displacement of people in the days and years following the storm, as well as innovative policies that emerged to prevent future extreme weather and climate displacement. The Center also highlights the important role that community groups play as citizen first responders, liaisons to government officials, and in long-term housing and recovery efforts.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson

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C40 Good Practice Guide: Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities

March 1, 2016

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has developed a series of eleven Good Practice Guides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate vulnerabilities. Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities provides a review of successful approaches drawn from the experiences of cities engaged in C40’s Connecting Delta Cities Network, which are relevant for coastal river delta cities around the world.   The good practices shared in the report range from strategies to complete case studies from cities such as Jakarta, Copenhagen, London and New York.

Related Organizations: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

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In Deep: Helping Sandy-Affected Communities Address Vulnerability and Risk

October 2015

In Deep chronicles the Local Recovery Planning Manager (LRPM) program that was implemented by the non-profit organization New Jersey Future for selected Hurricane Sandy-affected coastal communities in greatest need. This report describes the program’s initial goals, successes and challenges, and lessons learned that can inform future disaster recovery initiatives both in New Jersey and across the country.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Future

Author or Affiliated User: David Kutner

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Promising Practices for Environmental Justice Methodologies in NEPA Reviews

March 2016

The Promising Practices report was developed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee and the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice as a compilation of best practices that federal agencies can consider for conducting environmental justice analyses for NEPA reviews. These promising practices offer a variety of methodological approaches that may be suitable across various NEPA activities. The report provides recommendations, but is not formal agency guidance, and does not establish new requirements for NEPA analysis.

Related Organizations: National Environmental Policy Act Committee, Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

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Our People, Our Planet, Our Power: Community Led Research in South Seattle

March 12, 2016

Our People, Our Planet, Our Power is a compilation of. ndings, stories, and recommendations from community discussions in South Seattle/King County, Washington, facilitated by Puget Sound Sage and Got Green’s Climate Justice Project. This project was run by a steering committing of people of color, who designed and implemented a survey to identify the perspectives of people of color living in South Seattle related to climate change.  Over nine months, the research team interviewed 175 people and 30 organizations to determine collective priorities and initiate a process of equitable planning.

Related Organizations: Puget Sound Sage, Got Green

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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

August 19. 2015

This report describes how climate-related extreme weather events exacerbate existing socioeconomic inequalities. In this case, the report highlights the disproportionate challenges experienced by frontline communities during the California drought that began in 2012, which includes communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and farming communities. The report discusses the following topics: the causes and severity of California’s drought; the drought’s impacts on the national food system; demographics, water rights, and drought impacts in agricultural communities; and policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

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Leveraging Catastrophe Bonds as a Mechanism for Resilient Infrastructure Project Finance

December 2015

From the re:focus partners RE. bound Program, this report offers a perspective on how cities and communities seeking to build resilience and mitigate disaster risk can monetize the benefits of resilient infrastructure through catastrophe models and other bond measures. The approach links catastrophe bonds and conventional project finance to support large-scale resilience projects. The report describes the RE. bound Program framework for catastrophe modeling, bond structuring, and bond sponsorship - while providing some key insights and lessons for extending the approach to a range of resilience applications.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Author or Affiliated User: Shalini Vajjhala

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