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The Great American Adaptation Road Trip
January 26, 2015

After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising authors identify 6 big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in this report by the Georgetown Climate Center. The lessons in the “The Great American Adaptation Road Trip,” explain why these communities have had success implementing their projects and what is needed to prompt climate change preparation in more places across the country.  Authors Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard distilled the lessons learned on their trip after meeting with more than 150 individuals who were driving adaptation projects forward in their communities, from shellfish farmers on the Olympic Peninsula to city planners in Baltimore.

Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation Plans
December 2, 2014

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014.  The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of adaptation plans released in 2013.  For the first time, the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

The Georgetown Climate Center has developed this detailed summary of federal agency adaptation plans.  Many of the actions identified by the federal agencies in their adaptation plans also echo recommendations identified by the Climate Center in its recent report, Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action.

Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action
September 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations today to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The new report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

The report draws from a series of workshops with leading federal, state and local officials and builds upon lessons learned post-disaster in New Orleans (following Hurricane Katrina), New York (following Hurricane Sandy) and Vermont (after Hurricane Irene). The report identifies more than 30 federal programs, initiatives and laws that can be used to prepare for extreme events such as storms, floods and heat waves as well as rising seas.

Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines
July 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years and includes a number of short case studies highlighting successful efforts and barriers to change.

20 Good Ideas for Promoting Climate Resilience
June 20, 2014

The 20 ideas contained in this document represent a collection of planning, funding, regulatory, and investment efforts already taking place in different U.S. states and localities to prepare for and reduce the risks of climate change. These ideas offer insights and lessons for all communities to learn from and build upon in developing their own responses to a changing climate.

Understanding New Jersey's Vulnerability to Climate Change
February 5, 2014

New Jersey residents are no strangers to the escalating impacts of climate change.  Rising sea levels mean future hurricanes will produce more severe damage, such as the damage produced by Hurricane Sandy.  More frequent extreme weather events, heat waves, and inland flooding from heavier rains also present a growing challenge to the region's economy, environment, and everyday way of life.

Lessons Learned from Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief, and Barriers to Adaptive Reconstruction
December 20, 2013

This case study examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities in trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation
December 20, 2013

This compendium collects and analyzes federal programs with potential to pay for state and local government adaptation to urban heat islands.

Case Studies in Floodplain Regulation
May 30, 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights the efforts of two communities to strengthen regulations after catastrophic flood events: Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Waveland, Mississippi. These case studies discuss the regulatory reforms the communities implemented and the lessons that can be learned from their experience.

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)
May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through disaster relief appropriations, such as the Sandy Relief Act, provide administering agencies with enough authority to prepare for climate changes during the rebuilding process. 

As part of a Georgetown Climate Center analysis of the Sandy Relief Act, the Center has identified the opportunities below to use direct disaster relief funds for adaptive projects that help communities prepare for future climate change impacts.