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Effectively Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation for the Energy Gulf Coast

October 2010

This presentation provides a synthesis of the analysis conducted on the economic impacts of climate change on the Gulf Coast. The research provides current and projected costs of storm surges, sea level rise, and wind related damage over the next 20 years. The risks, across numerous asset types, such as on-shore and off-shore oil and gas structures, and geographic areas are evaluated. Potential costs and benefits of numerous possible adaptation measures are presented. .

Related Organizations: America's Energy Coast, America's WETLAND Foundation, Entergy Corp.

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Climate Change in Park City, Utah: An Assessment of Climate, Snowpack, and Economic Impacts

September 29, 2009

This study examines how the snowpack at the Park City ski area, in the Wasatch Mountains of north central Utah, may be impacted by climate change, and how the regional economy could subsequently be impacted because of changes in winter tourism. The research and analysis was provided by Stratus Consulting for the Park City Foundation - a community foundation that promotes philanthropy, and partners with the nonprofit community to strengthen the greater Park City region.

Related Organizations: The Park City Foundation, Stratus Consulting

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Weathering the Next Storm: A Closer Look at Business Resilience

September 2015

Weathering the Next Storm from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is a comprehensive overview of the state of climate risk assessment and resilience planning within the business community, and provides business resilience strategies for climate change vulnerabilities. The report identifies various approaches companies are using to address climate risks, examines challenges in managing and reporting those risks, and offers strategies for climate risk management within the private sector.

Related Organizations: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet Peace, Katy Maher

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Framework for Engaging Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in Maryland on Climate Resilience

May 2017

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), this Framework provides guidance to state and local governments on how to engage with and assist small- to medium-sized businesses interested in enhancing their resilience to climate change. The report offers recommendations on how governments can address the resources and information needs of these businesses, and highlights four key recommendations for engaging small business on climate resilience. C2ES asserts that assisting small and medium businesses in resilience planning protects local economies and is mutually beneficial for the public and private sectors.

Related Organizations: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Maher, Janet Peace

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Impact Investing for Coastal Conservation: Bridging the Gap

This paper provides a framework for conservation financing in coastal areas that could leverage private sector interests with conservation needs. A few examples of successfully implemented private investments in conservation initiatives are included. Conservation investing is a subset of impact investing, and is defined as “investments in companies, funds, and organizations with the goal of generating a financial return and beneficial environmental impact. ” The paper describes the opportunities and challenges surrounding using private investment capital for natural and nature-based shoreline management approaches such as habitat restoration, conservation, and coastal resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

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Adaptive Finance to Support Post-Disaster Recovery

October 2017

This report looks at the reasons for the gap between needed and available funding after disasters - and provides guidance on an adaptive approach to post-disaster financing.  This report is primarily intended for those stakeholders who participate directly in decision-making processes surrounding post-disaster financing, and financiers as well as other practitioners who are looking to creatively support resiliency initiatives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Mixter, Laura Hammett

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One City, Rebuilding Together: A Report on the City of New York's Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Path Forward

April 2014

This report reviews New York City’s housing recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy through the “Build It Back” program. The report highlights actions already taken by the City to address existing concerns with the program and makes extensive recommendations for other changes, representing a major overhaul of currently active recovery programs. The city’s broader efforts around resiliency management and planning are described, as well as an updated strategy to improve New York’s recovery programs is provided.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Study on The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Sacramento-capital region of California.  This case study describes how the CRC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Author or Affiliated User: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Safer and Stronger Cities: Strategies for Advocating for Federal Resilience Policy

March 14, 2018

In March 2018, the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative released the "Safer and Stronger Cities" report with a series of policy recommendations on how the federal government could help support urban resilience initiatives. Five chapters focus on strategies for enhancing resilience through infrastructure, housing, economic development, and public safety. Each chapter provides a background discussion of the resilience challenges for cities; the opportunities to enhance resilience in these focal areas including climate adaptation strategies; and case study examples of local, state, and federal actions to advance resilience in each sector.

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Rebuild by Design, Georgetown Climate Center

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