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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.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Sea Grant

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Schiavinato, Heather Payne

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View from the Coast: Local Perspectives and Policy Recommendations on Flood-Risk Reduction in South Louisiana

July 2015

From the Center for Planning for Excellence (CPEX), “The View from the Coast” examines local perspectives and projects from across coastal Louisiana related to nonstructural flood risk reduction. The report discusses federal, state and local level decision making and policy implementation, while documenting community-level risk-reduction perspectives towards nonstructural efforts to build resiliency against coastal impacts such as recurrent flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.

Related Organizations: Center for Planning Excellence

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camille Manning-Broome, Pamela Jenkins, Jeannette Dubinin

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Progress Report: Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

July 2015

The Obama Administration released a progress report detailing the federal agency initiatives that are being implemented in response to recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report describes more than one hundred completed and ongoing initiatives that federal agencies have taken to support efforts, at all levels of government, to prepare for changing climate conditions. 

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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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.

Related Organizations: City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland, Ohio

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Climate Change Risk Information Disclosure, Insurance, the Private Sector, and the Role of Government

June 2015

This white paper makes recommendations about how risks disclosures can be used by regulators to ensure that insurance is priced to consider future climate risks, and that insurance is sending accurate price signals about the need to adapt.

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina School of Law Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR), University of North Carolina, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Victor B. Flatt

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New Jersey Wastewater Infrastructure Restoration and Resiliency - Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, Union Beach project

May 18, 2015

Facilities are being redesigned and restored for extreme weather resiliency at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach, New Jersey. This project is part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to provide resiliency to the state’s water and wastewater infrastructure directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as developed under his 2013 water infrastructure resiliency funding initiative. The $28 million project at Union Beach will incorporate reconstruction with added resiliency of the authority’s main incinerator, pump stations and other buildings.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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The Great American Adaptation Roadtrip: Lessons learned about how hometowns across the United States are building their resilience to climate change

January 2015

After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in this report released by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Allie Goldstein, Kirsten Howard

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Primary Care: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate (HHS)

December 15, 2014

Primary Care: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate, from the U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), assesses the current climate and weather related risks for health care infrastructure, and proposes some best practices for building resilience to climate change. The HHS climate resilience guide is intended to address a wide range of health care facility vulnerabilities. It spans risks related to buildings, utilities and infrastructure, including IT infrastructure, supply chain issues, the needs of staff, and the role of the healthcare facility in the broader community.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Tucson, Arizona Rebates for Curb Cuts to Harvest Rainwater

July 2015

In Tucson, curb cuts can reduce flooding on streets and capture water for irrigation in the arid region. Tucson began offering water harvesting rebates for the installation of curb cuts, openings created in the curb to allow stormwater from the street to flow into water-harvesting basins. Curb cuts are used to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing down the street, often diverting that water into basins to irrigate vegetation. The Tucson City Council voted in November 2014 to expand the city’s rainwater harvesting rebate program to provide rebates for curb cut installation.

Related Organizations: City of Tucson, Arizona, City of Tucson, Water Department, Tucson Water

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Toward Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document

January 2015

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guide, “Toward Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document,” synthesizes current knowledge on pavement system sustainability, including the effects that pavement has on climate-related considerations such as stormwater runoff and the urban heat island effect. The guide includes information and extensive synopses of current research on how pavement materials, design, construction, maintenance, and other use considerations can affect and enhance sustainability.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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