Helping Communities Prepare for Climate Change

Georgetown Climate Center Launches Adaptation Clearinghouse 2.0

Georgetown Climate Center Launches Adaptation Clearinghouse 2.0

The Georgetown Climate Center recently launched the new and improved Adaptation Clearinghouse to help communities find the resources they need to prepare for climate change. The new system features an improved search interface, greater content curation, and new tools for partner organizations and websites. 

 
Working with Leaders to Implement Equitable Solutions that Make Communities More Resilient

Working with Leaders to Implement Equitable Solutions that Make Communities More Resilient

The Center works with cities, states, and neighborhood leaders to develop policies that help communities prepare for climate change impacts, such as sea-level rise, flooding, drought, and urban heat. The Center also works to ensure that solutions are applied in a fair and equitable manner.

 
 

With the planet warming and extreme weather becoming the new normal, states and communities are seeking out resources to help them anticipate climate impacts and protect residents, homes, businesses, and public infrastructure.  Now is the time to begin taking steps to build stronger and safer communities and prepare for rising seas, heat, drought, wildfires, extreme weather, and other climate impacts on the way.

See below for tools developed in conjunction with the Georgetown Climate Center to asssist communities in preparing for climate change.

 
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Developing and Maintaining the Adaptation Clearinghouse

The Adaptation Clearinghouse is an online database and networking site that seeks to assist state policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. The Clearinghouse contains more than 2,000 resources. 

The Center regularly partners with organizations, such as the EPA, the Urban Sustainability Directors Netork, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and other organizations working on resilience and adaptation issues through the Clearinghouse.   

Supporting Adaptation that is Equitable and Just

Recognizing that vulnerability to climate change is social as much as it is physical, Georgetown Climate Center supports policy options that address social inequities and climate exposure together. The center is collecting resources that showcase and provide guidance on equitable adaptation in our Adaptation Clearinghouse and is partnering with U.S. cities to explore policy options, such as techniques to encourage more affordable resilient housing, targeting green infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods, and creating local hire programs to ensure resilience investments bring economic benefits.

Preparing for Urban Heat Impacts

The Georgetown Climate Center works with state and local governments to develop “heat-smart” communities that are well prepared to cope with rising temperatures — to both help them identify the adaptation choices available and navigate through the legal obstacles they may face in trying to implement different options. Learn more about the Center's law, policy, and on-the-ground work in this area.

Preparing for Sea-Level Rise and Flooding Impacts

Global sea levels could rise three to six feet over the next century. The Center is working with state and local governments to help them become “coast-smart” — that is, better prepared to cope with the threats posed by rising sea levels and higher storm surges. We convene dialogs between states, local governments, and federal agencies to ensure that lessons learned are shared widely to inform future policy actions.

Preparing for Climate Change Impacts in the Transportation Sector

Every year, taxpayers pay hundreds of billions of dollars for transportation and related infrastructure—infrastructure that is becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding and damage from extreme heat as a result of climate change. The Georgetown Climate Center regularly works with communities, states, and the federal government to address climate change impacts in the transportation sector.

Working with Citites to Improve Green Infrastructure

In order to ensure effective adaptation, communities need help identifying and implementing the most appropriate policies. The Georgetown Climate Center is working with a group of local partners to identify the best green infrastructure practices that cities are beginning to experiment with and to translate these lessons into a toolkit in order to share the best practices with communities across the country.

 

Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut
August 2, 2012

This article examines two adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-­?level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-­?level approach modeled after cutting-­?edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

 

Analysis of the Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law (2012)
August 1, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis recently released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which includes several reforms that could assist state and local governments looking to implement policies to adapt to sea-level rise and other flood impacts from climate changes.

 

Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the West
May 1, 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change.

 

Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use
November 1, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

 

Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States
October 31, 2011

This report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

 

Virginia Case Study: Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks
May 1, 2010

This case study analyzes the authority of Virginia local governments to use existing land use regulations to adapt to sea level rise impacts. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in the Virginia’s Climate Action Plan.

 

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey Bills
November 6, 2009

This document provides a side-by-side comparison of all adaptation provisions in Kerry Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

 

Climate Change and Public Health
November 1, 2009

In this presentation, Sara Hoverter with the Harrison Institute for Public Law outlines the public health impacts of climate change and what states and localities are doing to prepare and implement adaptation plans.

 

Coastal Adaptation in the U.S.
November 1, 2009

In this presentation, Executive Director Vicki Arroyo outlines emerging state and federal adaptation proposals.

 

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454)
June 5, 2009

Comparisons of adaption provisions in the committee-passed and House-passed versions of Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

 

National Climate Assessment Report Released
January 14, 2013

On January 11, 2013, the National Climate Assessment Draft Advisory Committee (NCADAC) released a draft of the third National Climate Assessment Report.  The report reinforces previous assessments that our...

 

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Signs Executive Order to Help State Prepare for Climate Change and Extreme Weather
January 2, 2013

On Dec. 28, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the "Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order" to increase Maryland’s long term resiliency to flooding and sea-level...

 

Floodplain Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing for Climate Changes (Webinar)
December 13, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted an important webinar about how communities can become more resilient to extreme weather and prepare for climate change through floodplain regulations. The Dec. 6 webinar...

 
 

Sea-Level Rise and Property Rights
December 2, 2012

Peter Byrne, faculty director of the Georgetown Climate Center, dives into some of the land use, takings, and regulatory challenges facing local governments in the wake of rising sea levels in a new law review...

 

Vicki Arroyo's Pop Tech Talk: Lessons Learned from Extreme Storms
October 31, 2012

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, attention is rightly focused on helping the families affected by the storm and repairing the damage it caused.  The storm is one of the largest and most damaging to ever hit the...

 

Georgetown Climate Center Releases New Tool Kit to Help Local Governments Adapt to Record Heat
August 17, 2012

On the heels of the hottest month in U.S. history, the Georgetown Climate Center has released a new tool to help cities and counties better prepare for the public health and infrastructure challenges caused by rising...

 

How the New Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law Could Impact Adaptation Planning
August 4, 2012

Updated: August 14, 2012 The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis today released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which includes several reforms that could assist...

 

Innovative Approaches to Adapting to Water Variability in the West
May 1, 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change: 1) New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into place that allow for temporary water use...

 

Hawaii Puts Climate Center's Sea-Level Rise Toolkit to Good Use
February 23, 2012

In January, Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen introduced a bill to the state legislature proposing that state and county planning and permitting departments begin preparing for a 1-foot-by-2050 sea-level...

 

Georgetown Climate Center Staff and Students Discuss Their Work on Sea Level Rise
November 7, 2012

The Harrison Institute's clinical program and Professor Vicki Arroyo's experiential law course offer Georgetown Law students opportunities to work with communities on cutting-edge legal and policy questions regarding...

 

Adaptation Panel from 2011 State-Federal Workshop on Climate and Energy Policy
March 28, 2011

A panel discussion from the 2011 State-Federal Workshop on Climate and Energy Policy, hosted by the Georgetown Climate Center and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Moderator: Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Climate...