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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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Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

October 30, 2015

This report describes the stormwater management challenges that Southern Florida faces due to climate change and offers several recommendations for how these issues can be addressed. It discusses three basin scale strategies: Everglades restoration, adjusting regional water control practices, and small scale adaptation efforts. Local governments can also play a pivotal role by investing in green infrastructure and implementing financing strategies for stormwater management. This guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Institute for Sustainable Communities

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience

2015

This report details both the benefits of and barriers to responsible corporate adaptation. The report includes 17 case studies that provide examples of innovative solutions used by companies to overcome the most pressing challenges to responsible corporate adaptation such as information gaps, uncertain risk, planning challenges, and policy, regulatory and socio-cultural barriers (see an overview of the case studies on pages 25 – 27). The report includes recommendations for businesses and policymakers to enhance “responsible corporate adaptation, strengthen collaboration and incentivize the development of adaptation solutions.

Related Organizations: United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

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Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Flood Damage to State Assets: A Guide for Delaware State Agencies

March 2016

Prepared by Delaware’s Flood Avoidance Workgroup, this report outlines a set of principles and instructions for ensuring that existing and future flood risks are considered during site selection and project design, as required by Executive Order 41.  

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Policy Platform of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance - Federal Policy Opportunities

February 2016

This Policy Platform outlines actionable strategies for federal agencies that can be implemented immediately to protect and restore the watersheds of the western U. S. The policy recommendations were developed by Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance, offering near-term policy solutions for the long-term resilience of forested headwaters for water supply. Forested watershed and source water protection is critical for climate resiliency. Watersheds filter pollutants, control erosion, regulate temperature, attenuate floods, and buffer human activities from drinking water resources.

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Living With Climate Change

October 20, 2015

Living with Climate Change: How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate describes the strategies cities are taking to protect themselves from climate change, to reduce their vulnerability, and to adapt and become more resilient. The book also examines obstacles to local, state, and national action on climate change, includes case studies to illustrate smart, effective policies and practices that have already been put in place, and defines how these actions benefit the economy, the environment, and public health.

Related Organizations: American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jane A. Bullock, George Haddow, Kim Haddow, Damon Coppola

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Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

October 14, 2015

This report from the Clean Energy Group uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. , to examine the financial case for installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems (“solar+storage”) to support multifamily affordable housing. With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return, on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. They can also help make affordable housing energy resilient by guaranteeing power for common area lighting, water, and communications.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders, Seth Mullendore

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