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This tab features case studies that describe examples of how adaptation has been incorporated in energy planning and policy.

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices

March 2011

This report presents a series of case studies describing the approaches currently (as of 2011) being taken by four water utilities in the United States to assess their vulnerability to climate change. The report is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of assessment approaches or utilities conducting vulnerability assessments. Rather, its purpose is to illustrate a range of issues and current approaches taken by selected utilities that are proactive in climate adaptation to understand and respond to climate risk.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Corporate Risk Case Study: City of Chicago Climate Change Task Force

July 2008

This 2008 report, commissioned by the City of Chicago, models potential economic impacts of climate change for the city.  The study focused on city infrastructure, key departments, and budgets of the city of Chicago.  The analysis was designed to assist city leadership in adaptation and mitigation planning.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Author or Affiliated User: Oliver Wyman

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Case Study on The King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the King County region of Washington state.  This case study explores how the K4C was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to reduce emissions in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hillary Neger, Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Mitigating New York City's Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs, and Light Surfaces

January 30, 2006

This study uses a regional climate model (MM5) in combination with observed meteorological, satellite, and GIS data to determine the impact of mitigation strategies including urban forestry, living/green roofs, and light surfaces on surface and near-surface air temperature in the New York Metropolitan Region over space and time. The effects of localized changes in landsurface cover in six case study areas are evaluated in the context of regional atmospheric mixing. .

Related Organizations: Columbia University, Hunter College, City of New York, New York

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cynthia Rosenzweig, William Solecki, Lily Parshall, Stuart Gaffin, Barry Lynn, Richard Goldberg, Jennifer Cox, Sara Hodges

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Minneapolis Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

May 2013

Created as part of a capstone project in Sustainability Planning at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Minneapolis Sustainability Office, this report depicts climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adaptation goals are presented with recommended strategies, best practices, and case studies of these strategies implemented in other localities.

Related Organizations: University of Minnesota

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Cool Surfaces and Shade Trees to Reduce Energy Use and Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

2001

This article, published in Elsevier in 2002, outlines how cool surfaces (cool roofs and cool pavements) and urban trees can have a substantial effect on urban air temperature and, hence, can reduce cooling-energy use and smog. Using a dozen metropolitan cities as case studies, this paper demonstrates an estimate of about 20% of the national cooling demand can be avoided through a large-scale implementation of heat-island mitigation measures. This amounts to 40 TWh/ year savings, worth over $4B per year by 2015, in cooling-electricity savings alone.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Authors or Affiliated Users: H. Akbari, M. Pomerantz, H. Taha

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water

2010

This report, a collaborative effort by Western Resource Advocates and the Environmental Defense Fund, illustrates the key connections between climate change, energy, and water in the West. The report focuses on the states of the interior West — Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund, Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Related Organizations: Sustainable South Bronx

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. DOE: Climate Change and the Energy Sector - Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U. S. energy sector. The report provides step-wise guidance to building a vulnerability assessment framework and a subsequent resilience plan for electric utility assets and operations. The guide highlights a number of available tools, projections, sample metrics, and completed assessments to support planners in identifying risks, evaluating options, and developing effective plans.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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