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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

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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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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Los Angeles Clean Up Green Up Ordinance

April, 2016

In April 2016, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking ordinance to address environmental justice concerns within three distinct neighborhoods: Boyle Heights, Pacoima-Sun Valley, and Wilmington. For decades, these three communities – comprised primarily of low-income, Latinx individuals and families – suffered a wide range of health effects, due mostly to the high concentration of polluting industrial sites within their neighborhoods. To address these inequalities, LA City Council passed and implemented the Clean Up Green Up Ordinance with a three-pronged goal in mind: (1) to reduce pollution in the most toxic, hotspot areas; (2) to prevent additional pollution; and (3) to revitalize these neighborhoods through supporting local businesses and economic development.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles City Council

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Resilient San Francisco - Stronger Today. Stronger Tomorrow.

April 18, 2016

San Francisco’s Resilience Strategy is built around four goals which address six key challenges that face the City including earthquakes, climate change, sea level rise, aging infrastructure, social inequity, and “unaffordability.”

Related Organizations: City and County of San Francisco, California, 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USGCRP: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

April 3, 2016

The U. S. Global Climate Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment delineates climate-related health impacts in the United States - building on the USGCRP’s 2014 National Climate Assessment.  The report/online interactive website provides a comprehensive assessment of observed and projected health impacts from climate change, discusses the climate causal pathways while providing explicit scientific support, identifies emerging issues, and recognizes particular impacts on vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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