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FHWA Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience Project

2016 - 2017

In spring 2016, the Federal Highway Administration launched the "Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience" project to explore innovative ways that transportation agencies can use green infrastructure or nature-based solutions to make highways more resilient to coastal hazards, including storm surges and sea-level rise. Through the program, FHWA funded five pilot projects across different coastal states to evaluate different green infrastructure approaches and develop lessons-learned.

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Seattle, Washington Equity and Environment Agenda

April 22, 2016

The City of Seattle, Washington released an Equity and Environment Agenda in 2016 - a plan that lays out policy goals and strategies for addressing race and social justice in environmental programs and ensuring benefits are shared by all residents equally.

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Local Solutions Report: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change

October 2016

This report analyzes feedback from over 600 respondents from 48 states and 19 countries working on climate adaptation at the local level. The report makes the case that climate adaptation at the local level is vital, but that local practitioners need additional support. Data collected by Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience was used to the determine the issues that local communities face when adapting to climate change and offers recommendations to better meet those needs.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Abigail Abrash Walton, Christa Daniels, Michael Simpson, Jason Rhoades

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Pittsburgh P4 Initiative and Performance Measures Project

October 2016

In 2015 the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched the P4 Initiative - based on a central unifying framework of: People, Planet, Place, and Performance. The initiative was established to create a set of performance measures to help guide new development through the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. P4 aims to establish Pittsburgh as a “city of the future,” with a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. This model and the related performance metrics represent a comprehensive planning approach for climate adaptation and resilience - that other cities could find useful to adopt also.

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Resilience AmeriCorps

July 2015

Resilience AmeriCorps recruits and trains AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members to serve low-income communities across the country by developing plans and implementing projects that increase resilience-building capacity. The initiative was originally announced in 2015 in response to recommendations from President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Current Resilience AmeriCorps projects are addressing a wide range of resilience needs, including climate change, extreme weather, financial instability, and food insecurity through long-term planning, risk communication, community loan programs, and urban food production.

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Connecticut DOT - Walk Bridge Replacement Project

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is replacing the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge (Walk Bridge) to address the current structure’s vulnerability to climate hazards such as storm damage and heat. The 118-year old Walk Bridge already experiences frequent and costly service failures, including closure failures due to extreme heat. CTDOT expects that heat-related operational failures will increase as the number of high-heat days increase with climate change.   The Walk Bridge is a “swing bridge” spanning the Norwalk River in the Southeast part of the state.

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Minnesota DOT Flood Mitigation Program

The state of Minnesota created a $50 million Minnesota Department of Transportation (“MnDOT”) Flood Mitigation Program (“Program”) to increase the resilience of transportation system after severe spring floods in 2010 caused over $64 million in damages in the state. The Flood Mitigation Program will fund repairs, elevations, and realignments to road and bridges, as well as improvements to drainage structures. Although the program documents do not explicitly cite to climate change, MnDOT lists the Flood Mitigation Program as an adaptation action that the agency is taking to prepare for climate change.

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Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

April 2016

Developed by the Center for American Progress, Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate provides users with guidance on how to concurrently address climate change and equity issues by implementing climate change resiliency measures in low-income areas.  The report showcases  existing initiatives employed in 5 Midwestern cities, and draws out recommendations for further action.  This report is primarily geared towards decision makers of Midwestern cities, but the lessons learned and recommendations apply to a much wider audience.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Erin Auel, Philine Qian, Gwynne Taraska

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Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas

2017

From the American Planning Association (APA), this report discusses strategies for using local subdivision ordinances and the site plan review process to enhance flood resilience. Recommendations are given for creating standards that protect natural floodplain function. The report discusses how climate change is increasing flood risks in communities.

Author or Affiliated User: James Schwab

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The Kresge Foundation Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative

2017

Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) consists of 24 nonprofits - Kresge Foundation grantees - who are building solutions for low-income communities in U. S. cities to adapt to climate enhanced storm and flood impacts. CREWS programs are transforming urban stormwater and wastewater systems with climate resilient integrated water-management practices and socially equitable solutions. CREWS is an initiative of the Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program, focused on climate resilience through adaptation, mitigation, and social justice.

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