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Climate Change and the Energy Sector: DOE Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U. S. energy sector. The report provides step-wise guidance to building a vulnerability assessment framework and a subsequent resilience plan for electric utility assets and operations. The guide highlights a number of available tools, projections, sample metrics, and completed assessments to support planners in identifying risks, evaluating options, and developing effective plans.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Sandy Build It Back: Workers Rebuilding Their Own Communities

October 27, 2016

This white paper is focused on New York City’s Build it Back program following Hurricane Sandy, highlighting its commitment to equity in the rebuilding of residential neighborhoods. The Sandy Build it Back program set a precedent for local hiring resulting in career-track jobs for low-income Sandy-impacted residents. The paper relates the context and a vision for equity in recovery, describes Build it Back’s primary successes, and offers key lessons learned and areas of improvement.

Related Organizations: ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York

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USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry: Case Studies

May 2016

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry initiative is the Department's framework for helping farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners respond to climate change. The effort involves voluntary, incentive-based conservation, resilience planning, resource conservation, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. In this report USDA published the results of case studies that demonstrate exemplary climate smart agriculture and forestry practices for each of the ten “building blocks:” Soil Health Nitrogen Stewardship Livestock Partnerships Conservation of Sensitive Lands Grazing and Pasture Lands Private Forest Growth and Retention Stewardship of Federal Forests Promotion of Wood Products Urban Forests Energy Generation and Efficiency Each case study is a one page review describing the sustainability achievements and climate solutions implemented.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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FHWA Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) Study

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) study is designed to help identify best engineering practices for evaluating project-specific vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and extreme weather events, and for developing adaptation solutions to address those vulnerabilities. The study helps to address the challenges that engineers face in translating climate science into project-level design specifications, by developing solutions and methodologies that engineers across the country can apply when planning and designing projects in different project contexts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Greening Vacant Lots

October 11, 2016

In a 2016 book, Local Code – 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design and the Nature of Cities, the author, Nicholas de Monchaux, discusses how vacant lots can be a valuable resource for helping cities boost their climate resilience.  Monchaux, an architecture professor at the University of California- Berkeley, analyzed vacant lots in four cities (New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Venice). He highlighted the potential to use vacant lots for projects to mitigate urban heat islands and manage stormwater; he also discusses the equity aspects of adaptively reusing vacant properties. He suggests that cities invest more in greening unused spaces in underserved communities as a way to achieve greater environmental and social impact.  The book looks at  potential transformation of different types of lands and public spaces including abandoned public streets, lots, rights-of-way, and alleyways. 

Author or Affiliated User: Nicholas de Monchaux

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RainReady’s Residential Flood Assistance Program Case Study - Chicago, Illinois

2016

In 2015-2016, RainReady partnered with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development to provide free repairs and flood mitigation retrofits to select homeowners that experienced property damage during Chicago’s 2013 flood, through a unique program called the Residential Flood Assistance Program (RFAP). The program was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

Related Organizations: RainReady, City of Chicago, Illinois, Center for Neighborhood Technology

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Case Study: Boulder, Colorado’s Home Preparedness Assessment Program

2017

In early 2017, the City of Boulder and Boulder County used Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to launch a pilot home resilience retrofit program called the Home Preparedness Assessment program (HPA). HPA was open to city and county single-family and mobile-family homeowners impacted by floods that swept through the Boulder region in the fall of 2013. While the program primarily addressed flooding risks in homes, the program coordinators used the home assessments to have broader conversations with homeowners about other natural disaster risks and resilience.

Related Organizations: Boulder County, Colorado, City of Boulder, Colorado, APTIM

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Bridging the Adaptation Gap: Approaches to Measurement of Physical Climate Risk and Examples of Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience

November 2016

This report was prepared by the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI), a private investor-led initiative focused on climate adaptation and resilience investments. It describes existing approaches to measuring physical climate risks and examples of investments in adaptation and resilience. It also provides recommendations to help stakeholders - including governments, industry groups, think tanks, and investors and financiers - to address barriers to public and private sector investment in climate adaptation and resilience.

Related Organizations: Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group

Author or Affiliated User: Jay Koh

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A Post-Event Review of the October 2015 Floods in South Carolina: A Deep Dive into the Columbia and Charleston Event

October 11, 2016

Using the narrative of the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, this report focuses on how to better reduce risks, improve response activities, and be more strategic about planning for flood recovery. The report analyzes flooding in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, drawing on interviews with impacted people and hard data on economic and physical impacts. The report recognizes that climate change will be an ongoing stress in the region, and offers lessons about planning for flood resilience, but does not focus specifically on climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) - International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kanmani Venkateswaran, Karen MacClune, Michael Szoenyi, Sierra Gladfelter

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The Paris Agreement: What it means for business

2016

This report summarizes the key details of the 2016 UNFCCC Paris Agreement that affect the private sector, and outlines opportunities for businesses and investors to be a part of the global solution to address climate change. The report notes that the Paris Agreement will have both immediate and long term impacts for businesses. As States transition to a low carbon economy, businesses will be impacted by structural changes to energy, land use and urban systems. While pursuant to the Paris Agreement, States are taking action to build resilience and lower emissions in order to keep warming below 2°C, the report asserts that risks will remain and businesses will need to enhance their own climate resilience.

Related Organizations: We Mean Business Coalition

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