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Atlanta, Georgia Environmental Impact Bond for Green Infrastructure

The City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Watershed Management is issuing an environmental impact bond (EIB), which will finance green infrastructure to address water quality, reduce flooding and improve stormwater management in Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed neighborhoods.  The $14 million EIB – the first to be offered on public markets – was the result of a partnership between the City of Atlanta, Quantified Ventures, the Rockefeller Foundation, and broker-dealer Neighborly. Supporting the expansion of EIBs into public markets, the Rockefeller Foundation will cover the costs of structuring a public bond with a grant to Atlanta – chosen from applicants of its 100 Resilient Cities network.

Resilient Chicago: A Plan for Inclusive Growth and a Connected City

The City of Chicago, Illinois has joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program and developed an urban Resilience Strategy. Resilient Chicago outlines 50 actions within three primary “Resilience Pillars” of Strong Neighborhoods, Robust Infrastructure, and Prepared Communities. The report also provides a number of case studies on Chicago’s existing resilient programs and initiatives, and details specific Calls to Action that residents can take to help build the city’s resilience.

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Health Equity Report for the District of Columbia 2018

The Health Equity Report for the District of Columbia 2018 from DC Health takes a comprehensive look at social and structural determinants of health in Washington D.C. and presents the extent of health disparities aligning with differences in income, race, and geography. The report recognizes that climate change poses long-term risks to human health, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable, and that climate adaptation is critical to reduce negative impacts on all people.

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Mexico Beach, Florida – Floodplain Ordinance 712

Mexico Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico in Bay County, Florida and faces climate enhanced hurricanes, coastal storm surge, sea level rise and flooding impacts. In October 2018, Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in Mexico Beach demolishing 70% of the town’s homes. The coastal community has amended the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zones maps to reflect storm surge flood levels and high risk floodplain areas as implicated by Hurricane Michael flooding.  An ordinance has been adopted in which new construction in Mexico Beach must be elevated at least a foot and a half higher than FEMA’s base-level flood predictions in both the region’s 100-year and 500-year floodplains.

Minnepolis 2040 – Minneapolis, Minnesota Comprehensive Plan

Minneapolis 2040 is the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Comprehensive Plan –  that will guide policy and decision making in the city in terms of the built, natural and economic environment for the next ten years. The document includes 14 Goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 that articulate the plan’s intent. One of the plan’s primary goals is for the city to become climate resilient by 2040, which includes a number of adaptation policies and actions for near-term implementation. The Comprehensive Plan includes 100 Policies, each of which supports one or more of the primary goals.

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C2ES Maximizing Benefits: Strategies for Community Resilience

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) developed this set of briefs on resilience strategies for extreme climate events, primarily to support local government officials in adaptation planning. Key climate resilience strategies are discussed including the co-benefits they provide, and quantitative assessments of the costs and benefits of each strategy. Each brief includes a case study of a model city that has successfully employed a number of climate resilience strategies. The five briefs of the compendium focus on:

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Minneapolis 2040 – Minneapolis, Minnesota Comprehensive Plan

Minneapolis 2040 is the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Comprehensive Plan –  that will guide policy and decision making in the city in terms of the built, natural and economic environment for the next ten years. The document includes 14 Goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 that articulate the plan’s intent. One of the plan’s primary goals is for the city to become climate resilient by 2040, which includes a number of adaptation policies and actions for near-term implementation. The Comprehensive Plan includes 100 Policies, each of which supports one or more of the primary goals.

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California Heat Assessment Tool (CHAT)

The California Heat Assessment Tool (CHAT) was developed to help state and local public health officials understand how heat vulnerability will change with increasing temperatures due to climate change. The tool helps users identify heat vulnerable areas based upon changes in high heat days under different climate scenarios and social, health and environmental vulnerability factors. The study defines “Heat Health Events” (HHEs) as heat events that cause negative public health impacts – and the study found that vulnerable groups may be more sensitive to high-heat days by as much as 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit as compared to the general population.

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NYSERDA Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Environmental Research Program includes a focal Research Area of Climate Change Adaptation. This document focuses on the climate change adaptation component of the program’s comprehensive research plan. NYSERDA’s adaptation research aims to provide “a scientific foundation for formulating effective, equitable, energy-related environmental policies and resource management practices that can guide strategies to prepare for a changing climate.

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