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Rural and Small Community Resources by Region or State

This tab includes all resources relevant to adaptation in rural areas and small communities. The map can be used to explore resources specific to rural areas and small communities. Alternatively, the filters can be applied to view resources for a particular region or state. 

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California AB 2722: Transformative Climate Communities Program

September 14, 2016

California AB 2722 creates the Transformative Climate Communities Program, and requires the CA Strategic Growth Council to award competitive grants to specified eligible entities for the development of “transformative” climate community plans. Priority is to be given to projects that implement the community plans, improve air and water quality, contribute to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases and demonstrate potential climate, economic, workforce, health, and environmental benefits in disadvantaged communities.

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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Kent County, Maryland Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report

September 2016

This report summarizes the climate change impacts occurring in Kent County, Maryland, and recommends adaptation actions for increasing the resilience of residents, county facilities, and operations.  The report includes a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Kent County which finds that climate change is increasing the risk of localized natural hazards. The assessment describes current and projected climate change impacts including heat, precipitation, sea level rise, and flooding in the region.

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York State Environmental Protection Fund – Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

On an annual basis, the Department of State solicits grant applications from local governments for 50/50 matching grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund's (EPF) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP provides technical assistance, and matching grants on a reimbursement basis (under Title 11 of the EPF) to villages, towns, cities, and counties located along New York’s coasts or designated inland waterways, to prepare or implement strategies for community and waterfront revitalization.

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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.

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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.

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Eastern Shore of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016

This Hazard Mitigation Plan profiles the counties and towns of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, including current and projected localized natural hazards and adaptation strategies for managing these impacts. The vulnerability of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to sea level rise, recurrent flooding and storm surge is discussed in detail throughout the report, along with information specific to each town as it is impacted by sea level rise. 

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City of Tybee Island, Georgia, Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

April 17, 2016

Tybee Island is a barrier island located 18 miles away from Savannah, Georgia - accessible only by a single causeway. The Tybee Island Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan identifies how more frequent coastal flooding and sea-level rise could impact low-lying infrastructure on the island; and provides a synthesis of the public engagement processes, technical research, and sea-level rise adaptation strategies.  The City of Tybee Island partnered with Georgia Sea Grant, the University of Georgia, and Stetson University to develop this sea-level rise adaptation plan.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Evans, Jill Gambill, Robin J. McDowell, P. Warwick Prichard, Charles S. Hopkinson

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