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Rebuilding with Resilience: Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy
November 14, 2016

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Obama administration, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, launched the innovative Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition, which sought to inspire affected communities to rebuild differently in ways that would enhance their physical, economic, social, and environmental resilience. This report aims to capture and share lessons learned from the innovative process for developing the RBD proposals and the novel projects that were generated through this competition.

Reimagining New Orleans Post-Katrina
August 26, 2015

A decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the Georgetown Climate Center examines some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to use disaster relief funding to rebuild New Orleans’ public schools and stormwater systems to be more resilient and sustainable.

Louisiana: Addressing Sea-Level Rise
August 19, 2015

This case study examines state and local activities to reduce coastal vulnerability from sea level rise, extreme storms, and land subsidence.  It focuses on how the state is prioritizing and designing coastal flood protection and restoration projects in consideration of future sea-level rise through the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, and discusses local efforts to consider climate change in land-use plans including the Lafourche Parish Comprehensive Resiliency Plan and the City of New Orleans Master Plan.

Shanghai: Targeting Flood Management
August 19, 2015

This case study examines how Shanghai is addressing flooding and storm impacts by building a levee system along the Huangpu River Levee, expanding seawalls along the coast, and upgrading the city’s urban drainage system to include green infrastructure.

Austin, TX: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought
August 19, 2015

This case study discusses how Austin city agencies are developing a city adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.

Beijing: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought
August 19, 2015

This case study examines how Beijing is responding to reduced water supply by converting farmland to forest to reduce water needs, expanding water recycling programs, and promoting more efficient irrigation technology.  The case study also examines how a large national water diversion project may reduce the city’s vulnerability to long-term water shortages.

Washington, DC: Targeting Urban Heat Islands
August 19, 2015

This case study discusses the District’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands by making grants to pilot the use of cool roofs, implementing the Smart Roof Initiative to retrofit District-owned buildings, and adopting of a new Green Building Code.

Hong Kong: Improving Coastal Resilience and Managing Urban Heat
August 19, 2015

This case study examines how Hong Kong is responding to urban heat islands and increased flooding by expanding the urban tree canopy, deploying an extreme heat warning system, building sea walls with sea-level rise in mind, and using vegetation to prevent landslides. 

From Planning to Action: Implementation of State Climate Change Adaptation Plans
April 1, 2015

Georgetown Climate Center published this article in the Michigan Journal of Sustainability (Vol. 3, Spring 2015) summarizing what can be learned about the progress states are making in implementing their comprehensive state-wide adaptation plans.  In 2014, the Center launched an online tool that helps users track adaptation efforts at the state level and the progress states are making in implementing their adaptation plans.  The Center's Aaron Ray and Jessica Grannis published this article to provide an empirical assessment of state progress based upon the Center's research developing this tool.

Understanding Virginia's Vulnerability to Climate Change
February 17, 2015

Communities across Virginia are increasingly vulnerable to severe weather influenced by changes in our climate. Population centers near the coast and tidal rivers are experiencing more flooding, farmers are increasingly contending with drought risks, and health problems are likely to be exacerbated by extreme heat and polluted air. Solutions to manage these risks exist, and implementing them will make our communities more resilient to the new conditions and challenges of our changing climate.