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Pittsburgh P4 Initiative and Performance Measures Project

October 2016

In 2015 the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched the P4 Initiative - based on a central unifying framework of: People, Planet, Place, and Performance. The initiative was established to create a set of performance measures to help guide new development through the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. P4 aims to establish Pittsburgh as a “city of the future,” with a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. This model and the related performance metrics represent a comprehensive planning approach for climate adaptation and resilience - that other cities could find useful to adopt also.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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ClimateCARE Resiliency Work Plan

September 28, 2016

This proposal, which was funded in 2016, maps out the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)’s Climate: Community Action for Resilience through Engagement (ClimateCARE) program in East Boston. ClimateCARE seeks to a) strengthen community engagement, b) partner with the City of Boston to advance its Climate Action Plan, and c) convene agency stakeholders in an Adaptation Planning Working Group which will facilitate coordinated, actionable climate resilience plans. In addition to detailing these initiatives, the report describes the climate-related risks in East Boston and their workplan for 2016-2018.

Related Organizations: Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and the Energy Sector: DOE 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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San Antonio Tomorrow - City of San Antonio, Texas Sustainability Plan

August 11, 2016

The Sustainability Plan for San Antonio, Texas (SA Tomorrow) addresses the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social -  and offers a roadmap for both the community and the municipal government to achieving sustainability in San Antonio. SA Tomorrow includes seven “Focus Areas” that were assessed for current conditions and vulnerabilities: Energy, Food System, Green Buildings and Infrastructure, Land Use and Transportation, Natural Resources, Public Health, and Solid Waste Resources.

Related Organizations: City of San Antonio, Texas

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016

August 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to climate change.   The indicators are developed to better understand changes observed from long-term records related to the causes and effects of climate change, the significance of these changes, and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society. EPA currently presents 37 indicators and five features that each highlight a specific region, data record, or area of interest.

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

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Sonoma County, California Climate Readiness Plan - Climate Action 2020 and Beyond

July 11, 2016

Sonoma County, California developed their Climate Action 2020 and Beyond plan primarily to address greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities for the county, but also to initiate adaptation planning. A chapter of the report focused on climate change adaptation is offered as the Climate Readiness Plan. This plan provides a vulnerability assessment that evaluates climate impacts on three key community resource areas - people and social systems, built systems, and natural and working lands. This chapter also discusses adaptation solutions already underway in Sonoma, and provides general adaptation goals and strategies as a starting point for the County to respond to the impacts identified through the vulnerability assessment.

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Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: DOE Guide for Assessing Vulnerabilities and Developing Resilience Solutions to Sea Level Rise

July 2016

This report was prepared by the U. S Department of Energy (DOE) to provide guidance for evaluating how sea level rise and storm surge hazards may affect electricity services, and for identifying solutions to enhance resilience to these climate impacts. It includes examples of climate resilience issues and opportunities related to generation, transmission, and distribution assets; and includes generalized methods on how to estimate the costs and benefits of various sea level rise (SLR) resilience measures.

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

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FEMA, NOAA Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures

June 2016

The Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures paper seeks to identify a common framework for communities to assess their resilience using federal data. Published by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) - a federal workgroup led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - the report provides indicators aimed at helping local communities to gauge their own resilience capacity and federal agencies to determine the effectiveness of their actions.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Del Mar, California Climate Action Plan

June 6, 2016

The City of Del Mar, California adopted a Climate Action Plan in June 2016.  The plan focuses on how the city is going to reach a goal of 100% renewable power by 2035, the plan also includes a chapter on adaptation (Chapter 4). The Adaptation Chapter lays out climate change projections that the city can anticipate: warmer temperatures, increased droughts, and more extreme weather events.  It then lays out specific adaptation strategies by sector and impact, including the following examples: Public health - restore natural areas to improve air and water quality; facilitate access to cooling centers; reduce urban heat islands with cool pavements and by increasing urban tree canopy; design buildings to reduce reliance on mechanical cooling and energy (e.

Related Organizations: City of Del Mar, California

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New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse: Tools to Help Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather

May 6, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse - a website for climate-related information including flood maps, data on sea level and temperature changes, and other information to aid in planning for future extreme weather events. Developed by New York State in partnership with federal, university and public-private organizations, the Clearinghouse provides access to more than 1,000 maps, data sets, and documents that show the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources, ecosystems, agriculture and public health.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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