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The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate

September 16, 2014

This study from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that governments and businesses can reduce their carbon emissions and improve economic growth. ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ describes how rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to mitigate climate change while improving economic performance.

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Risks & Resilience: Considering the Integration of Climate Readiness into Financial Analyses of Drinking Water & Wastewater Utilities

September 2014

“Risks & Resilience: Considering the Integration of Climate Readiness into Financial Analyses of Drinking Water & Wastewater Utilities”, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, examines the risks posed by climate change facing drinking water and wastewater utilities.  This paper relates risks to both water utilities and investors who purchase utilities debt obligations.

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Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines - Georgetown Climate Center

July 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years.  The report includes a number of short case studies highlighting successful efforts and barriers to change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Vicki Arroyo, Sara Hoverter

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

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Resilient America Roundtable

September 5, 2014

The Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences is collaborating with communities across the country to build “cultures of resilience” - helping selected local communities by engaging decision makers and citizens to better understand risk and build resilience.

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Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action (GCC)

September 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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Protecting Our Capital: How Climate Adaptation in Cities Creates a Resilient Place for Business

July 2014

This report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) focuses on climate change adaptation activities reported globally by over 200 cities and more than 4,500 large companies to illustrate how action by city governments creates a resilient place for business. 

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An Analysis of NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Coastal Recommendations Relative to Recent Programs and Legislation for Climate Adaptation in Delaware, Maryland, and New York

July 2014

This analysis from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) identifies adaptation programs and policies of states in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on coastal resources and risks. The report compares enacted legislative and administrative changes to agency programs in order to account for coastal impacts from climate change - that are consistent with one or more of the individual recommendations proposed by the NJCAA in Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: Policy Considerations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

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The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?

July 2014

The report explores the challenges of retrofitting New York City's multifamily housing stock against future climate threats. New York City is largely built out and most structures are multifamily buildings that cannot be retrofitted using existing guidance for single family homes. Even more, the city must find ways to protect its limited stock of affordable housing, and cannot trade units for resilience. This report details design solutions and offers policy recommendations for city officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may help remove barriers to achieving long-term resilience in this stock.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kevin Findlan, Vrunda Vaghela, Max Weselcouch, Jessica Yager

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Rebuild by Design: New Meadowlands -- Transportation Elements

June 2014

The New Meadowlands project was proposed as part of the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design competition and involves the integration of flood protection structures with transportation assets.   The proposal includes two components: (1) “Meadowpark,”a series of green berms integrated with a large natural reserve of tidal wetlands and freshwater basins designed to provide flood protection; and (2) the “Meadowband,” a berm covered by a street designed to integrate a Bus Rapid Transit line and provide multi-modal transportation options to the region.

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