Reports, Presentations, and Documents

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Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities
February 2, 2017

This workshop summary describes the conversations and discussions of participants during the first day of a two-day workshop in April 2016 that brought together nearly 50 thought leaders on equity and climate adaptation. The workshop focused on city-level actions that would support social justice goals and better prepare communities for the effects of climate change.

Adaptation Policy Considerations for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change
February 2, 2017

This memorandum was developed to help the State of Maryland document the important work it is already doing to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to provide ideas for additional steps that the state could take to enhance state efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The report draws on best practice examples that other states have adopted to address climate impacts, including: establishing interagency committees, requiring consideration of climate impacts in state planning and investment decisions, developing tools and science to support decisionmaking, and supporting local action on climate change. In order to protect lives, health, property, economies, and natural systems, states need to adapt how they plan, regulate and make investments to incorporate projections of what future conditions will look like with a changing climate.

Lessons in Regional Resilience
January 19, 2017

The Georgetown Climate Center's report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives. These collaboratives help communities overcome the limited resources and technical capacity that many cities face and enables them to share resources, leverage expertise, and develop coordinated plans and policy solutions to foster resilience and reduce carbon pollution. 


Lessons in Regional Resilience: The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
January 18, 2017

This case study explores the ways that the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative has worked to facilitate climate action planning across the region and recently has been directing a regional “Resilient Coastlines Project” with federal funding to connect and coordinate local sea-level-rise initiatives in the region. The SDRCC also has been recognized for its work; it received a Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015 for its innovative partnership model.

Lessons in Resilience: The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
January 18, 2017

This case study explores how the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative has successfully brought attention to how climate change will to issues affect the capital region at local, regional, state and federal levels. The group works to bring stakeholders together to find regional solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Lessons in Resilience: The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership
January 18, 2017

This case study explores how the Sierra Nevada Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership has worked to strengthen urban-rural partnerships to build support for investment in forest and watershed health. It also discusses how some of the collaborative’s members work to engage with state agencies on climate policy affecting Sierra communities and natural resources, by providing analysis and comment letters on proposed plans, policies, and legislation. 

Lessons in Regional Resilience: The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
January 18, 2017

This case study explores the work that the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative is doing to develop regional framework to support coordinated decisionmaking, identify regional goals for adaptation and mitigation, and develop best practices and policies for achieving them, all informed by downscaled climate science for the region.


Lessons in Regional Resilience: The King County - Cities Climate Collaboration
January 18, 2017

This case study explores how the efforts of the King County-Cities Climate Collaborative – which have primarily focused on cutting carbon pollution – have resulted in the adoption of shared countywide greenhouse gas reduction targets. It also explores how the collaborative has helped to produce policy recommendations that local governments in the region could adopt to meet emission reduction goals in specific areas, like electric vehicle usage and commercial energy benchmarking.

Lessons in Regional Resilience: The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
January 18, 2017

This case study explores how the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact formally established its membership consisting of the four counties themselves, and the Compact counties work to create close partnerships with municipalities and other partners in the region. It also discusses some of the Compact’s key successes including developing a Regional Climate Action Plan, providing guidance and technical support to help municipalities implement the plan, and getting municipalities in the region to sign on to Compact through the “Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge” stating support for the Compact and its regional action plan.

Ten Key Lessons From the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy
November 15, 2016

The six winning Hurricane Sandy Design Competition projects were selected to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. Two years into implementation, these projects are providing important lessons about how officials at all levels of government can design and construct infrastructure projects that deliver multiple community benefits.