The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is an interactive database within a visual platform to support city leaders in decisionmaking related to climate adaptation and resilience. The tool utilizes data from over 270 cities within the United States, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico, whose populations are above 100,000. The UAA is free, open source data – in a user friendly tool to help prioritize climate strategies and mechanisms for sustained urban climate resilience. For each city, indicators of climate vulnerabilities in the built environment, and indicators of social vulnerability are established and mapped at a sub-city or census tract level.
The City of Los Angeles, California – in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – released its first citywide Resilience Strategy. The plan describes nearly 100 adaptive actions for extreme events, disaster preparedness and resilient infrastructure, as well as pervasive issues such as social inequities, and climate change. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti signed an executive directive in conjunction with the Strategy, that requires City departments to appoint Chief Resilience Officers, who will play a significant role in furthering the implementation of the 100 RC strategy.
The Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual describes building resilience to climate change in Upper Manhattan and greater New York City. The manual was designed to complement the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan produced in 2015, and further connects climate change resiliency, preparedness, and addressing social inequality in New York City.
Developed by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a non-profit dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to climate change and other compounding stressors (e. g. high unemployment, aging infrastructure, social inequality). This report describes seven projects that exemplify urban resilience strategies supported by 100RC, and highlights 33 additional projects across 25 more member cities worldwide which are working on similar resilience challenges.
Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable – and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.
New York City Mayor de Blasio launched Cool Neighborhoods NYC in June 2017. This $106 million program is designed to minimize the effects of extreme heat on the city by implementing projects such as cool roofs, city-wide tree plantings, and climate risk training for home health aides, among others. The comprehensive resilience program aims to reduce heat-related health impacts by lowering temperatures in heat-vulnerable neighborhoods and strengthening social networks as well. Cool Neighborhoods NYC is led by the Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency and will be implemented in partnerships with NYC Parks, the Health Department, Small Business Services, Emergency Management, and members of the private sector.
Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco, California Bay area to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. The Resilient by Design – Bay Area Challenge was modeled on New York’s Rebuild by Design, a successful program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This report provides a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. The study was conducted by an international team of economists looking at the combined impact of global and local climate change on urban economies, with a focus on urban heat. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the analysis of 1,692 cities shows that the total economic costs of climate change for cities this century could be 2.
The Innovation Network for Communities’ Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation report provides a review of the promising practices in urban adaptation, a summary of recent advances in the field, and a roadmap for communities to continue advancing adaptation practices.
This RAND study examined how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would affect the affordability of insurance for homeowners and business in New York City. New floodplain maps in the city are expanding the number of homes and businesses that must carry flood insurance and increasing the rate of insurance for many structures. Legal changes to the NFIP are also phasing in rate hikes for many insureds. Using flood vulnerable areas in New York City as the study area, this study examined how these changes in the NFIP would affect the affordability of flood insurance.