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Adaptation Strategies for Rural and Small Communities

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Lessons in Regional Resilience: Case Studies on Regional Climate Collaboratives

January 19, 2017

The Georgetown Climate Center report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which are bringing together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level. This synthesis report shares lessons from each of the collaboratives in individual case studies, and offers insight to their goals, planning processes, and funding sources. The report is intended to help local governments consider models for coordinating at the regional level to facilitate planning and action to prepare for the impacts of climate change and draws on examples from six regional collaboratives from around the country.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Great American Adaptation Roadtrip: Lessons learned about how hometowns across the United States are building their resilience to climate change

January 2015

After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in this report released by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Allie Goldstein, Kirsten Howard

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change

January 2017

This report focuses on ways that local governments can prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies. The report focuses on smart growth strategies that offer multiple benefits beyond climate preparedness including cost-savings, energy efficiency, increasing transportation options, and building economic opportunities. The strategies presented in the report are categorized as modest adjustments, major modifications, and wholesale changes, in order to help local governments determine which options are most appropriate for their own community.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Higher Standards: Opportunities for Enhancing Flood Resilience in the Eastern Shore of Maryland

January 2019

Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) prepared this report to help the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership (ESCAP) identify strategies for adapting to increasing sea-level rise and flood risk in the Eastern Shore region of Maryland. This publication is a part of a series of reports assessing the sea-level rise vulnerability of communities in Maryland's Eastern Shore, as well as potential adaptation responses. ESCAP worked with the Eastern Shore Regional GIS cooperative to assess sea-level rise vulnerabilities in the six counties and two municipalities that participate in ESCAP.

Related Organizations: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Katie Spidalieri, Jennifer Li

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

August 19. 2015

This report describes how climate-related extreme weather events exacerbate existing socioeconomic inequalities. In this case, the report highlights the disproportionate challenges experienced by frontline communities during the California drought that began in 2012, which includes communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and farming communities. The report discusses the following topics: the causes and severity of California’s drought; the drought’s impacts on the national food system; demographics, water rights, and drought impacts in agricultural communities; and policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Local Solutions Report: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change

October 2016

This report analyzes feedback from over 600 respondents from 48 states and 19 countries working on climate adaptation at the local level. The report makes the case that climate adaptation at the local level is vital, but that local practitioners need additional support. Data collected by Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience was used to the determine the issues that local communities face when adapting to climate change and offers recommendations to better meet those needs.

Related Organizations: Antioch University Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

Authors or Affiliated Users: Abigail Abrash Walton, Christa Daniels, Michael Simpson, Jason Rhoades

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Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission 2008 Final Report

March 17, 2008

In May 2006, the Alaska Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 30, creating an Alaska Climate Impact Commission. The Commission was charged with assessing the impacts and costs of climate change to Alaska and developing recommendations for preventative measures potentially implemented by Alaskan communities and governments. The eleven-member commission released their final report in March 2008

Related Organizations: Joint Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission

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Arizona Water Meter - A Comparison of Water Conservation Programs in 15 Arizona Communities

October 2010

In response to climate change and other factors that increase competition and reduce availability of water in Arizona, Western Resource Advocates' Arizona Water Meter report highlights the water conservation programs of 15 diverse Arizona communities and evaluates their programs by seven important water conservation criteria: 1) minimizing per capita water use; 2) water rate structures that encourage wise water use; 3) community-based water conservation programs; 4) conservation ordinances; 5) funding for conservation programs; 6) stemming system water loss; and 7) effluent reuse.

Related Organizations: Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry: Case Studies

May 2016

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry initiative is the Department's framework for helping farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners respond to climate change. The effort involves voluntary, incentive-based conservation, resilience planning, resource conservation, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. In this report USDA published the results of case studies that demonstrate exemplary climate smart agriculture and forestry practices for each of the ten “building blocks:” Soil Health Nitrogen Stewardship Livestock Partnerships Conservation of Sensitive Lands Grazing and Pasture Lands Private Forest Growth and Retention Stewardship of Federal Forests Promotion of Wood Products Urban Forests Energy Generation and Efficiency Each case study is a one page review describing the sustainability achievements and climate solutions implemented.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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