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These 5 Neighborhood Maps Show Roots of Gentrification

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has introduced a new mapping tool that illuminates the consequences of the most important history underlying cities in the U.S. today: the history of redlining. The tool layers data on current income status and minority population on top of maps created using data from the historical redlining maps that were digitized earlier this year by researchers at the University of Richmond. Learn more... Read more

Metropolitan Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook

The purpose of this Federal Highway Administration handbook is to provide Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with practical information and examples as they consider pedestrian and bicycle transportation in their regional planning activities. Based on research including interviews with seven MPOs and critical evaluations of plans and associated documents from 11 other MPOs, this handbook covers integration of pedestrian and bicycle information into the metropolitan transportation planning process. Read more... Read more

EnviroAtlas

EPA’s EnviroAtlas provides users with interactive tools, geospatial data, and resources for exploring the benefits people receive from nature, also known as ecosystem goods and services. Such benefits are critically important to human health and well-being, but easy to overlook due to lack of information. Diverse EnviroAtlas resources, including a mapping application, an easy-to-use Eco-Health relationship browser, and over 300 GIS data layers help fill this information gap. With data at multiple scales and built-in analysis tools, EnviroAtlas was designed... Read more

GIWiz: Green Infrastructure At Your Fingertips

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz) is an interactive web application that connects communities to a wealth of tools and resources in order to help them better manage stormwater runoff. In just a few clicks of a mouse, users can draw from EPA’s scientific research on green infrastructure and stormwater management to identify resources and match solutions to the specific needs of their local environment. Learn more... Read more

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees. The U.S. Forest Service has developed two new tools to help plan for and manage a healthy urban forest: one that guides designers and tree managers to select tree species likely to survive in the built environment, and another to monitor tree health to ensure trees become an asset instead of a liability. Read more... Read more

Webinar: What Do Local Decision-Makers Need to Adapt to a Changing Climate: 2016 Local Solutions Report Findings

In this webinar, Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience will release findings from the 2016 Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change. The report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of sources to inform priorities for public policies, budget setting, private sector funding, investments, and action. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the report findings and discussion of multiple approaches to overcoming barriers, based on insights... Read more

EPA Webinar – Toolkit of Available EPA Green Infrastructure Modeling Software

This webinar will present a toolkit consisting of five EPA green infrastructure models and tools, along with communication material. This toolkit can be used as a teaching and quick reference resource for use by planners and developers when making green infrastructure implementation decisions. It can also be used for low impact development design competitions. Register now... Read more

The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

In the face of rising sea levels, more frequent and severe storms, and other climate change risks, flood-prone communities need to give greater consideration to strategic retreat through buyouts, a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable areas, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with the Regional Plan Association. Read more... Read more

ESRI Green Infrastructure Tools

Using ArcGIS to combine local and regional data with the Esri National Map of Green Infrastructure empowers communities big and small to create tailored, locally-relevant landscape conservation strategies and envision how they might connect to a national green infrastructure network. Use tools... Read more
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