Trees are the cornerstone of Savannah, GA’s  green infrastructure system. With increases in population and overall city growth, the number of trees and tree canopy cover has  drastically decreased. In an effort to restore Savannah’s green canopy, renew several marginalized communities, and reduce stormwater runoff and flooding events, Savannah’s Office of Sustainability and their partners launched a…

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Home to the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico are experiencing a warmer, drier climate and an increase in extreme weather events. In the face of a changing climate, the Tribe is building capacity—and climate resilience—through forestry management, habitat protection, and an innovative approach to healthy eating. Read this case study…

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Earlier this year, a Judge in Virginia Beach, VA confirmed the City Council could use research on sea level rise to make decisions on zoning and new construction, even if it was not previously built into City codes and regulations. This ruling was the result of a developer suing the City for denying a zoning amendment who…

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New funding approaches to building climate resilience through green stormwater infrastructure are emerging. In 2019, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District planned a public-private partnership (P3), known as Community Based Green Infrastructure (CBGI). The RFP sought a single partner to create a capture capacity of a minimum of 20 million gallons. Along with reducing capture costs,…

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In Lindsay Heights, an African American neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI. Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is building community resilience through their program, Blue Skies Landscaping. Specializing in green infrastructure projects, Blue Skies focuses on beautifying vacant lots, residential, and commercial properties while reducing storm water pollution. Walnut Way employs community members, leading to economic opportunity in…

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In April 2019, Washington D. C. released its Resilient DC Plan as part of its participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative. The Resilient DC plan presents strategies to help the District address three-main drivers of change: economic and population growth, climate change, and technological transformations.  It is designed to help the District manage threats from…

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