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Elevating Roads in Norfolk, Virginia

February 2014

The Norfolk, Virginia Department of Public Works invested $2. 4 million in 2013-2014 to improve two waterfront streets, Brambleton and Colley Avenues, and reduce flood impacts.   To reduce tidal flooding of the roadway the city elevated and widened a section of Brambleton Avenue and rebuilt the intersection of Brambleton and Colley Avenues. Brambleton Avenue is a principal artery in downtown Norfolk that runs along the Elizabeth River and crosses over an inlet called the Hague.   The project was implemented to address recurrent flooding that was already occurring in the area, which had caused frequent road closures.

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Building the Blue Economy: Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations in Stormwater Management

April 17, 2014

Using Buffalo, New York as a primary case study, this report explores  both the challenges and winning strategies for advocating for neighborhood-level green infrastructure solutions. It focuses on a project called “PUSH Blue,” supported by the non-profit People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo, to implement stormwater management intervention in Buffalo’s West Side. Especially for low-income communities, such projects can yield strong intersecting benefits for sustainability, neighborhood redevelopment, and job creation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sam Magavern, Tina Meyers, Jen Kaminsky, Sarah Maurer

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Climate Leaders Summit Report

March 2014

On November 8, 2013, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Regional Office convened an invitational Climate Leaders Summit at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. The 140 attendees from government agencies, businesses and regional and non-profit organizations discussed how the regional climate leaders could launch collaborative actions to achieve a more climate-resilient New England. In particular, the Summit was focused on what the climate leaders can do to assist New England municipalities in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

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Bay Area Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Nine County-level Snapshots - Projects, Plans, Structures and Needs

March 2014

This report provides “snapshots” or summaries of the climate adaptation and resilience initiatives and needs in each of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties in California. The Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Project (BACERP), a project of the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (now known as the Bay Area Regional Collaborative), produced this report with funding support from the Kresge Foundation.

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CCAP Meeting Summary: Green Resilience Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

April 2014

The purpose of this report is to capture best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation and mitigation. These best practice and lessons learned are from the “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and workshop sessions held at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference held in Washington, DC From January 28-30, 2014.

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Floods in Boulder: A Study of Resilience

April 2014

This research examines a potentially catastrophic flooding event in Boulder, Colorado in September 2013. Though the scale of flooding was unprecedented, “only” 10 lives were lost, most infrastructure was maintained, and the recovery has been considered successful. In this study, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) examines Boulder’s demonstrated flood resilience, and how the physical and human systems, as well as legal and cultural norms played into Boulder's flood response.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karen MacClune, Chris Allan, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Lea Sabbag

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NWF Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Guide to Community Planning for Climate Change

April 2014

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Green Works guide is a primer on nature-based approaches that communities can use to respond and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The report highlights some common examples of nature-based adaptation, green projects that communities have implemented, and strategies that communities can use to apply nature-based approaches.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kara Reeve, Ryan Kingston

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City Resilience Framework

April 2014 (Updated December 2015)

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and developed by Arup’s International Development team, the City Resilience Framework is a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding city resilience to inform urban planning and investment decisions. The Rockefeller Foundation is using the framework to create resilience-building agendas at city-level with current members of their 100 Resilient Cities Network. Presenting an inclusive method for articulating city resilience, the framework underpins and reinforces the City Resilience Index's full suite of indicators and variables.

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The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

February 2014

This case study analyzes the Green Infrastructure Plan released by Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2011 and estimates quantified benefits for the Plan over a 25-year scenario.The study finds that green infrastructure provides $2.8 million in energy, air quality, and climate related benefits annually, reduced gray infrastructure capital costs by $120 million, and reduced wastewater pumping and treatment costs by $661,000 a year, easily exceeding the costs of implementing green infrastructure.

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New Jersey Resiliency Network

February 2014

In February 2014, Sustainable Jersey launched the New Jersey Resiliency Network, a program that helps communities access technical and financial resources to address long-term recovery and resiliency issues for post-Sandy municipalities in New Jersey. The Network was formed in response to heavily-impacted towns requesting hands-on guidance and support for recovery and resiliency.

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