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This tab includes guides to help practitioners assess risks to and develop adaptation plans with consideration of the vulnerabilities of local businesses. It also includes guides for working with businesses to help them prepare for climate change impacts.

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Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments

September 2007

This guidebook was developed by the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and King County, Washington, in association with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. The purpose of the guide is to help decision-makers in a local, regional, or state government prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.

Related Organizations: Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES), King County, Washington, University of Washington, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines

January 2015

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued revised guidelines in 2015 that outline the federal requirements and guidance for writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The CEDS guidelines now require regional economic development agencies to consider how climate change will affect economic development and to include strategies for increasing economic resilience. The guidelines acknowledge that a region’s long-term economic resilience will be defined by its ability to quickly recover from economic shocks and that climate change will increasingly cause economic disruptions.

Related Organizations: Economic Development Administration

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Physical Risks from Climate Change: A guide for companies and investors on disclosure and management of climate impacts

May 2012

This report was published by Oxfam America, Calvert Investments, and Ceres, to provide publicly-traded companies with detailed guidance on physical climate risk disclosure and risk management steps, and to provide investors with guidance on the types of information they should expect of companies to manage portfolio risks related to physical climate impacts. 

Related Organizations: Ceres, Oxfam America, Calvert Investments

Author or Affiliated User: Dave Grossman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

2010

This volume in the America's Climate Choices series describes activities, strategies, and tools for informing decision makers about climate change and helping them plan and execute effective responses.  The report describes the different types of climate change-related decisions and actions being taken at various levels and in different sectors and regions; and it develops a framework, tools, and practical advice for ensuring that the best available technical knowledge about climate change is used to inform these decisions and actions.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adapting to Climate Change Using Your Business Continuity Management System

2014

This report provides guidance to businesses on how to incorporate climate change preparedness into their business continuity management system (BCMS). A BCMS is a framework for dealing with potential and actual disruptive events that may impact all areas of a business. Through business continuity management, businesses can identify and mitigate risks and minimize disruption to standard business operations. The report identifies 13 tasks that businesses should undertake to integrate climate preparedness into their BCMS.

Related Organizations: BSI Group

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US EPA Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

April 2016

This framework developed by US EPA is designed to help local governments build climate-resilient economies by helping them prepare for and quickly recovery from climate impacts. The purpose of the framework is to help communities assess potential impacts to local business and their overall economic vulnerabilities to climate change.  The framework can be used to help communities integrate economic resilience into existing plans, such as comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, economic development plans, capital improvement plans, transportation plans, etc.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Value Chain Climate Resilience: A guide to managing climate impacts in companies and communities

July 6, 2012

This guide has been developed by companies and organizations engaged in the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP) - a pilot partnership formed to address the risks and opportunities that climate change impacts pose to businesses and the communities on which they depend. The diverse group of companies involved in this report include Starbucks, Swiss Re, Levi Strauss, Calvert Investments, Earth Networks, Entergy and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters who worked with consulting firms including Acclimatise, Oxfam America and BSR.

Related Organizations: Oxfam America, Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jean-Christophe Amado, Peter Adams, Heather Coleman, Ryan Schuchard

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

Related Organizations: Arup, The Rockefeller Foundation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Capital Region Business Resiliency Initiative and Toolkit (Sacramento, California)

The Business Resiliency Initiative (BRI) was launched in the Sacramento Capital Region of California to increase awareness and preparedness for continuity risks faced by small and medium businesses. The Initiative aims to minimize the impacts of an economic crisis potentially caused by unforeseen disaster - recognizing the increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events and climate change related impacts such as fire, flood, drought and storms. The project is built around designing an effective regional resiliency framework that can be replicated across the country.

Related Organizations: Valley Vision

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Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

2015

This report argues that Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) are uniquely poised to support resilience planning by taking actions such as bridging governmental and functional boundaries, identifying funding opportunities, supporting planning, providing technical expertise, and helping to communicate key messages. It also makes the case that regional organizations have a pivotal role in rural landscapes where formal government capacity is weak. The report synthesizes the literature on resilience, describes the role of RDOs, and presents the latest developments around measuring resilience.

Related Organizations: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

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