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Delivering Urban Resilience: Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces

2018

This report quantifies the benefits and costs of smart surface technologies and finds that the risks from extreme heat and weather can be offset by these technologies. It draws on  Washington D. C. , Philadelphia, and El Paso as case studies and considers five smart surface technologies: cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, reflective pavements, and urban trees. The authors find that adopting these technologies can generate millions (or even billions) of dollars in net financial benefits at the city level and can generate half a trillion dollars in net financial benefits nationwide.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

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California Climate Change and Health Equity Program

The California Climate Change and Health Equity Program (CCHEP) - of the Office of Health Equity at the California Department of Public Health - “embeds health and equity in California climate change planning, and embeds climate change and equity in public health planning. ” The CCHEP is working to increase climate resilience by improving the public health and living conditions of vulnerable populations. The CCHEP also provides public health and social equity input into state agency plans and programs that affect climate vulnerability, such as transportation and land use planning.

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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

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Safeguarding California in Action: Climate Change Adaptation Examples from State Agencies

January 30, 2018

Safeguarding California in Action provides an overview of the state agency action case studies that were included in the Safeguarding California Plan - the state's climate change adaptation plan. This supplementary document provides 33 examples of actions funded by the state, that state agencies are implementing to make communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment more resilient to climate change. 

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Trees and Stormwater Toolkit

March 2018

The Trees and Stormwater Tool can help communities better understand the benefits of tree-based green infrastructure and to incorporate trees into stormwater management plans. Use of this guidance can help inform local decision makers in communities across the U.S. of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies to improve community resilience.

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Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE)

2018

The Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) planning process is aimed at climate adaptation and resilience planning for coastal communities in Louisiana. The strategy supports mitigating risks and increasing resilience to coastal impacts - especially flooding. The LA SAFE initiative was first funded through a HUD long-term disaster recovery grant, for six parishes most impacted by Hurricane Isaac in 2012.  Guided by the state of Louisiana, and a network of regional non-profits focused on coastal restoration and resilience, it is a goal of the LA SAFE program to expand the program statewide in the future.

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Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program

The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks.

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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

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Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

November 20, 2017

This report summarizes a workshop entitled “Taking Action on Green Resilience”at the 2017 ICLEI Canada Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, British Columbia, and provides recommendations on capacity building, research and public policies needed to advance green resilience practices. “Green Resilience” strategies are described as those that address both climate mitigation and adaptation - by simultaneously reducing GHG emissions and enhancing climate resilience.  The report was produced by Green Resilience Strategies and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Winkelman, Edward Nichol, Deborah Harford

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Built to Last: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in California

November 2017

This white paper from the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) presents key principles, barriers, and high-level recommendations for achieving climate-smart infrastructure in California. The focus is on state-level actions that can accelerate broad-scale implementation of replacing or retrofitting existing public infrastructure with resilient infrastructure built to face climate impacts. Agency staff and policymakers can use the information and policy recommendations to inform equitable and climate-smart considerations throughout the infrastructure life cycle.

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