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Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

May 2015

From the Center for American Progress, this report discusses the role that social cohesion plays in preparedness and response to climate change induced extreme weather events, with a focus on the vulnerability of low-income communities. Methods to integrate community resilience into climate resilience, and specific recommendations to foster climate and social resilience are provided. In addition to the value of social cohesion in climate resilience, the report details how addressing the unique housing, economic and health vulnerabilities of low-income groups will in turn have benefits for the community at large.

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

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Clean Water Optimization Tool - Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

April 27, 2015

The Clean Water Optimization Tool is a planning tool for Maryland Eastern Shore communities to develop more cost-effective strategies for reducing stormwater pollution to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

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Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks

April 27, 2015

From North Carolina Sea Grant, this publication is designed for local government officials considering social vulnerability in coastal communities dealing with extreme weather events and increased flooding. Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks outlines available data sets for social vulnerability, their current and potential use, and the associated legal risks in using that information for climate adaptation planning.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Schiavinato, Heather Payne

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Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

April, 2015

This report, developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents a guide for successfully implementing a Community-Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) model for addressing stormwater pollution in communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  CBP3s are partnerships between a government and a private entity designed to leverage additional capacity and financing for delivery of infrastructure projects, while also increasing stakeholder engagement in project delivery.

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DC Water Green Infrastructure, Clean Rivers Project (District of Columbia/Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland)

May 2015

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the District of Columbia, the U. S. Department of Justice and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have established an agreement which allows DC Water to pursue an integrated green/gray infrastructure approach to reduce combined sewer overflows into rivers and to capture rainwater. The agreement addresses water quality and supply issues in the Rock Creek and Potomac watersheds which traverse Maryland, Virginia, and the District.

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Bounce Forward – Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change

May 2015

Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project in 2013, with support from The Kresge Foundation. An output of the project, this report proposes a framework for planning and taking action on urban resilience - drawing on a literature review and a series of consultations of organizers, researchers, planners, and others actively involved.

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Tracking Coastal Adaptation: Implementing California’s Innovative Sea Level Rise Planning Database

May 2015

Tracking Coastal Adaptation is a policy brief from the UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment regarding A. B. 2516, a 2014 law that requires California to develop a publicly accessible online database of sea-level rise planning actions taken by state agencies and selected other entities.  This policy brief provides recommendations to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and California Legislature regarding how to harness A. B. 2516 to enhance coastal climate change preparedness in California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan M. Herzog, Susanne C. Moser, Sarah Newkirk

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Cleveland Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit

March 16, 2015

The Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit is intended to help residents of Cleveland, Ohio work in neighborhoods to take actions to advance their goals of sustainability and climate resilience, while also furthering the City’s climate action goals.

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

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Catalog of Adaptation Techniques for Coastal and Waterfront Businesses: Options to Help Heal with the Impacts of Storms and Sea Level Rise

May 2015

The Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) is a partnership between state agencies and the University of Rhode Island to prepare for climate change in coastal communities. Developed by the Beach SAMP team, this catalog provides guidance to business owners to understand exposure to climate change and safeguard buildings from damage. Tips range from reinforcing roofs and raising utility structures, to installing flood gates and utilizing green infrastructure for stormwater management.

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