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Boston Complete Streets: Design Guidelines

2013

The Boston Transportation Department and other Boston city agencies have developed Complete Streets guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure components such as permeable pavements and street trees to address impacts of climate change including increased heat and precipitation. “Complete streets” are designed to create more sustainable transportation networks by encouraging multi-modal travel options and enhancing the natural environment within the public right-of-way.  By promoting the use of green infrastructure, the City can help reduce the urban heat island effect and mitigate flooding.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Transportation Department

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FEMA: Mitigation Ideas - A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards

January 2013

This document provides information for communities and local decision-makers to identify and evaluate a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters. The mitigation actions are categorized into four types for each of the hazards discussed:

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Case Study: Scottsdale, Arizona’s Cool Roofs Workshop

February 23, 2017

In 2015, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona hosted a Cool Roof workshop series, to promote the use of cool roofs as a strategy for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing urban heat islands.  Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and urban heat islands. Cool roofs also reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. [ref title=""]US Environmental Protection Agency, Using Cool Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands, available at https://www.

Related Organizations: Scottsdale, Arizona

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How Baltimore is using the Sustainable Development Goals to make a more just city

March 9, 2017

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2015 to create collaborative partnerships across and between countries and communities to achieve objectives around economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. In 2015, as part of the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) program, the City of Baltimore, Maryland was selected as one of three U.S. cities to pilot the implementation of the 17 UN SDGs.

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New York City Build it Back Program

June 2013

The Build It Back Program assists homeowners, landlords, and tenants affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 within all five boroughs of New York City, New York by rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by the hurricane.  The City’s goal is to invest and create resilient neighborhoods through sustainable design, such as requiring new homes to be elevated above projected sea-level rise and flood heights. Registration for the program was announced on June 3, 2013, and as of the closing date for registration (October 31, 2013), the program received applications for more than 20,000 single‐family buildings; of which approximately 16,000 applicants completed the initial eligibility review.

Related Organizations: New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), City of New York, New York

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EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 4, 2010

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance

December 2009

This paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), is focused on flooding impacts in the U. S. as a result of climate change, and in particular, the increases in severity and frequency of hurricanes. The authors examine potential issues that may arise from climate change given the rising population density in coastal regions and the expected volatility of weather patterns. The report also provides an overview of the risks and impediments to effective insurance markets in the face of climate change and outlines the need for and advantages of long-term insurance planning.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan

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Confusion Hill Bypass in Mendocino County, California

2009

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) completed the Confusion Hill Bypass project to reduce the vulnerability of Highway 101 in Northern California to landslides. Between 1996 and 2003, Caltrans spent a total of $14 million repairing and maintaining a 2-mile stretch of the highway. In the winter of 2002/2003, Highway 101 was closed 10 times due to landslides. Caltrans identified landslides and flooding as constant challenges in Caltrans District 1, which includes Confusion Hill in Mendocino County.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Related Organizations: Sustainable South Bronx

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

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A Climate of Extreme Weather Events: U.S. Impacts and Vulnerability

June 2011

This white paper, from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions "C2ES"), provides an easy-to-understand overview of flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and drought. Past and projected frequency, details of impacts, some location specific vulnerability and potential risks are provided for each of the four types of extreme events.

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

 

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