Tag Archives: Resilience

Naturally Resilient Communities

​Nature offers a powerful set of tools for addressing hazards like flooding and erosion. Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. Communities across the country can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts. This guide of nature-based solutions and included case studies of successful projects from across the country to help communities learn... Read more

Why Commercial Real Estate Investors Are Looking to Resilience Rather than Yields

Over the next few decades, commercial real estate developers could be just as likely to base investment decisions on rising sea levels as on rising interest rates. As urbanization, climate change and social unrest exert increasing pressures on cities, traditional metrics for measuring investment risk cannot hope to capture the whole story. Instead, investors are turning their attention to resilience to guide capital allocation. Read more... Read more

Climate & Cultural Resilience Grants

Five grants of $100,000 each are available to local organizations around the country working to build more resilient communities. Enterprise Community Partners requests proposals that use creative placemaking strategies to strengthen the connection between cultural and climate resilience. Grantees will identify a local climate resilience challenge and propose projects in which residents, artists and other creative and cultural practitioners collaborate to address the challenge and other concerns such as equity, racial equity, economic disparities, health disparities and community engagement and... Read more

Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

EPA’s new publication, Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes to Prepare for Climate Change, can help local governments find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts while achieving other environmental, economic, health, and social benefits. Read report... Read more

Climate Smart Brownfields Manual

This EPA manual is a resource for communities that want to consider climate change as they assess, clean up, or redevelop brownfield sites. It provides guidance on best practices for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience at all stages of brownfields work, from planning to redevelopment. In addition, the manual contains case studies and links to additional resources that communities can use as they develop brownfields project plans. Learn manual... Read more

Coastal Resilience Grants

NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. Strengthening Coastal Communities activities will improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Habitat Restoration activities will restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Applications due March 15. Learn more... Read more

Cleveland’s Surprising Climate Buffers

In Cleveland, temperatures are rising three times faster than the national average. Researchers believe that paved surfaces and a shrinking tree canopy in the former “Forest City” are contributing to the increase. Rust Belt cities like Cleveland have one feature that newer cities don’t, though: Plenty of urban vacant land. A pilot project is using that space to increase the climate resilience of the city’s neighborhoods by using empty lots for rain gardens, food gardens, community gathering places, native plants,... Read more

Regional Collaboration for Resilience: How to Build Effective, Sustainable, Cross-Jurisdictional Climate Collaboratives

Participants in this webinar will learn how communities can collaborate at the regional scale to successfully advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Cross-jurisdictional collaboration among municipal, county, and regional administrators; emergency managers; planners; public works personnel; leaders of business, community-based, health, education, and philanthropic institutions; and other stakeholders can successfully strengthen resilience and avoid maladaptive responses. Register now... Read more

Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

Cultural resources are our record of the human experience. Collectively, these archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, museum collections, and historic buildings and structures connect one generation to the next. The National Park Service is charged with conserving cultural resources so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. Climate change is adding challenges to this role, and will continue to affect cultural resources in diverse ways. At the same time, through the tangible and intangible qualities they hold, cultural... Read more
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