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Rural and Small Community Adaptation Case Studies

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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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Case Study on The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

January 18, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) explores how local governments in the 22-county rural Sierra-Nevada region of California are coordinating across jurisdictional boundaries to prepare for climate change.  This case study describes how Sierra CAMP was formed and has organized its decision-making, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the Sierra-Nevada region, how the collaborative is influencing state decisionmaking and broadening connections between rural and urban adaptation efforts, and how the collaborative is funding its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Annie Bennett, Hillary Neger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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Case Study: Community Engagement in Austin, Minnesota

2016

In the summer of 2016, the City of Austin, MN surveyed minority, immigrant and refugee people to determine their knowledge of climate change and how it impacted them personally. Surveys were completed over a two-week period at a local non-profit called the Welcome Center, which helps new residents and immigrants transition into the city, find economic opportunities, and become part of Austin's multicultural community. Following the survey, the City compiled the results and convened a focus group with Karen women, primarily from southern and southeastern Myanmar.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Minnesota, Great Plains Institute, The Welcome Center

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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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Implementing Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons Learned From Ten Examples

February 2012

This report presents case studies of ten communities with experiences planning for and implementing climate change adaptation. The objective was to determine how the plans came to fruition, to learn how communities utilized these plans, and to extract pertinent lessons - with the intention of informing and inspiring other communities in their efforts to advance climate adaptation. Each highlights the key lessons learned in the process of moving from planning to implementation on climate adaptation.

Related Organizations: Headwaters Economics

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Preparing for Climate Change in Groton, Connecticut: A Model Process for Communities in the Northeast

April 2011

Through the Long Island Sound Study, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) partnered with Groton, Connecticut to conduct an analysis of how and if federal, state, and local stakeholders could collaborate to enhance resilience towards climate change at the local level. The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) is a National Estuary Program and is eligible for EPA grants under the climate change initiative Climate Ready Estuaries.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Authors or Affiliated Users: Missy Stults, Jennifer Pagach

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NADO Resilient Regions report

July 2011

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Resilient Regions report describes how regional planning and development organizations are helping local governments to re-build resiliently after natural disasters.  The report offers detailed case studies from Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. The strategies described demonstrate how land use planning can be adopted as a hazard mitigation tool to reduce vulnerability, promote economic growth, ensure natural resource protection, and adapt to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The City of Keene, New Hampshire’s Adaptation Planning Activities – Transportation Elements

September 13, 2010

This case study details efforts in Keene, New Hampshire to assess the vulnerability of transportation assets to future climate impacts and to recommend adaptive responses in city land-use and transportation plans. Keene’s 2007 Climate Adaptation Plan identified transportation infrastructure vulnerable to climate impacts and suggested strategies to improve its resiliency. In 2010, Keene incorporated recommendations from the Adaptation Plan into the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, which provides the general template for future zoning and land-use regulations in the City, including decisions about the city road system.

Related Organizations: City of Keene, New Hampshire

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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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