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Boston Architectural College Green Alley Initiative

October 2013

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) installed a green alley demonstration project on its campus located in the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River.   The green alley used permeable pavement to allow stormwater to percolate through the road bed to recharge groundwater and filter pollutants.   The project was designed to be replicable and to help with public education on the benefits and design of green infrastructure. The purpose of the green alley is to reduce polluted runoff by filtering and redirecting rainfall to the groundwater table.

Related Organizations: Boston Architectural College, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Boulder County, Colorado Climate Change Preparedness Plan

May 3, 2012

The Boulder County Climate Change Preparedness Plan was prepared by Stratus Consulting for Boulder County Commissioner’s Sustainability Office. The plan is aimed at improving the resilience of the county and its municipalities to the vulnerabilities of climate change. The report identifies the potential impacts of climate change, explores the implications of these changes in the context of resource management institutions, and outlines opportunities for adaptation planning efforts.

Related Organizations: Boulder County, Colorado, Stratus Consulting

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Boulder, Colorado Greenways Master Plan

2011

The City of Boulder's 2011 Greenways Master Plan creates a stewardship plan for the city's riparian areas along Boulder Creek and its 14 tributaries. Although the plan does not explicitly consider climate change, it provides a useful example for how cities can coordinate management of natural resources and recreational amenities across city agencies and using multiple sources of funding. The purpose of Greenways was to integrate multiple management objectives for riparian areas including protecting habitat, managing water quality, managing flooding and stormwater, and creating and enhancing trails and recreational amenities.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado

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Bridgeport, Connecticut Climate Preparedness Workshops - Summary of Findings

August 2012

In 2011 a partnership formed between the City of Bridgeport, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, The Nature Conservancy, Clean Air Cool Planet, and the Regional Plan Association to address climate impacts in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The partnership's focus was on increasing awareness of risks associated with extreme weather and natural and climate-related hazards, and assessing the risks, strength and vulnerabilities within the City of Bridgeport. This focus was achieved through a series of Climate Preparedness Workshops in 2012.

Related Organizations: Clean Air Cool Planet (CA-CP), Regional Plan Association, Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut Regional Council, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Broward County, Florida Climate Change Action Plan

May 4, 2010

Developed by the Broward County Climate Change Task Force, the Climate Change Action Plan is a set of 126 recommended short, medium and long-term actions, that combined, form a coordinated countywide strategy for both mitigating and adapting to climate change. The recommendations include information on planning horizon, status of action, likely responsible County entity, potential community partners, estimated resources required, and recommended performance measures.

Related Organizations: Broward County Climate Change Task Force

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Broward County, Florida Comprehensive Plan - Climate Change Element

February 12, 2013

The Broward County Climate Change Element contains policies that are an extension of the 126 recommendations detailed in “Broward’s Climate Change Action Plan - Addressing our Changing Climate,” as developed by the Broward County Climate Change Task Force in 2010. The Broward County Climate Change Element provisions passed in February 2013 - designed to provide a framework for integrating the economic, environmental, and social factors of climate change for this coastal county of Southeast Florida.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Broward County Climate Change Task Force

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Buffalo, New York, Green Code Unified Development Ordinance, Article 7.3.4 Best Management Practice

October 2015

The City of Buffalo, New York’s Unified Development Ordinance now includes a Green Code that requires use of green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) wherever practical to achieve the Code’s performance-based stormwater retention standards. The ordinance, at Article 7. 3. 4 of Section 7 on Stormwater, specifies infiltration on-site using bioswales, rain gardens, and other strategies; or stormwater capture and reuse through cisterns, green roofs, and other strategies. The ordinance clarifies the order of preference for stormwater management facilities utilizing BMPs, prioritizing conservation of natural areas before on-site infiltration practices, and on-site infiltration practices before capture and reuse practices.

Related Organizations: City of Buffalo, New York

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

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Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia (YouTube video)

December 20, 2010

In 2010, EPA's Office of Water produced this 11-minute video which highlights innovative efforts by green builders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who are helping protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city.

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

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Building Gulf Coast Resilience - Lessons from the Hurricane Sandy Recovery

August 1, 2018

This report on Hurricane Sandy Recovery is part of a series of case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to inform efforts to implement innovative restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The synthesis report, Building Gulf Coast Resilience: Opportunities After Deep Water Horizon, and accompanying case studies present lessons for improving coordination among state and federal decisionmakers, expediting environmental review and permitting, and accounting for climate impacts in the design and management of restoration projects.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

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