Community Resilience Implementation Resources

Implementation resources that propose ways to finance resilience plans, measure performance, and create lasting change.

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Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

This white paper reviews case studies of nonstructural adaptation strategies implemented in response to disasters in flood-prone areas. This paper aims to discuss how to best serve vulnerable communities in their adaptation efforts for the impacts of a changing climate.

Date Published: April 2016

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate Resilient Coastal Regions

This report identifies a set of policies and administrative practices that federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, can adopt to help make coastal regions more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: April 2016

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

This report reviews and recommends disaster recovery practices and programs that facilitate community health development.

Date Published: September 2015

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Community Capacity Building

Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

This white paper reviews case studies of nonstructural adaptation strategies implemented in response to disasters in flood-prone areas. This paper aims to discuss how to best serve vulnerable communities in their adaptation efforts for the impacts of a changing climate.

Date Published: April 2016

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate Resilient Coastal Regions

This report identifies a set of policies and administrative practices that federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, can adopt to help make coastal regions more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: April 2016

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

This report reviews and recommends disaster recovery practices and programs that facilitate community health development.

Date Published: September 2015

Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

This program webpage details housing and community vulnerability due to earthquakes and sea level rise. It also provides strategies that reduce these vulnerabilities to help the San Francisco Bay Area meet its resilience and sustainability goals.

Date Published: March 2015

Financing Strategies

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual provides local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize their value and impact.

Date Published: January 2014

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Webpage

This webpage provides background and information about applying for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program. The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.

Date Published: January 2014

Issue Brief: Saving by Mitigating

This issue brief presents mechanisms for planning and financing hazard mitigation.

Date Published: September 2013

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Preserving Assets in At-Risk Municipalities

This brief provides information on anticipating and responding to coastal storms and flooding.

Date Published: July 2009

Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

This fact sheet provides information on how states and local governments can use "green bonds" to fund resilience projects and high-performance infrastructure.

Date Published: January 2008

Funding and Program Alignment

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

California Department of Food and Agriculture Drought Resources

This webpage provides drought resources for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers as well as local planners and community groups.

Date Published:  August 2014

NOAA Sea Grant Information Webpage

This wepage provides general information about Sea Grants. Sea Grants provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities through informed personal, policy and management decisions.

Date Published:  August 2014

Community Resilience Center of Excellence Competition

This webpage provides an overview of the Disaster Resilience Cneter of Excellence Competition. This competition is aimed at developing tools and standardized methods for localities that will reduce the impact of disasters.

Date Published: July 2014

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Webpage

This webpage provides background and information about applying for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program. The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.

Date Published: January 2014

STAR Communities Leadership Program

This webpage provides a general overview of the Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership STAR Community Program supports a cohort of cities, towns and counties as they get organized around the sustainability rating system then collect and report their data in order to receive a certified STAR Community Rating.

Date Published: January 2014

Issue Brief: Saving by Mitigating

This issue brief presents mechanisms for planning and financing hazard mitigation.

Date Published: September 2013

Leveraging and Working with Philanthropy

This brief provides information on engaging local and national philanthropy in grant making, researching, and planning activities.

Date Published: March 2013

EPA Brownfield Grant Programs

This webpage provides general information about the EPA's Brownfields Grant Programs. Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

Date Published: August 2012

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Permitting, Review, and Benefit Cost Analysis

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain

This document provides an analysis that demonstrates how communities can model estimated flood damage reduction benefits of green infrastructure, compare them to costs, and target investments.

Date Published: April 2013

Understanding the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis Process

This toolkit includes software, written materials, and training to support the effort and assist with estimating the expected future benefits over the useful life of a retrofit project.

Date Published: January 2012

The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

This document provides guidance for decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and how to value these potential benefits.

Date Published: January 2010

The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap

This report provides information on the inequalities of low-income and minority populations when facing the harmful effects of climate change.

Date Published: May 2009

Resilient Design Solutions

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study Report

This report provides communities information on changing flood risks associated with with climate change. It also provides tools to help communities prepare for future flood risks.

Date Published: January 2015

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain

This document provides an analysis that demonstrates how communities can model estimated flood damage reduction benefits of green infrastructure, compare them to costs, and target investments.

Date Published: April 2013

Understanding the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis Process

This toolkit includes software, written materials, and training to support the effort and assist with estimating the expected future benefits over the useful life of a retrofit project.

Date Published: January 2012

The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

This document provides guidance for decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and how to value these potential benefits.

Date Published: January 2010

The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap

This report provides information on the inequalities of low-income and minority populations when facing the harmful effects of climate change.

Date Published: May 2009

Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

This fact sheet provides information on how states and local governments can use "green bonds" to fund resilience projects and high-performance infrastructure.

Date Published: January 2008

Performance Measurement

Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

This framework helps communities assess their economic vulnerability to climate change and improve their economic resilience.

Date Published: April 2016

Quantification of Integrated Watershed System Resilience: A Tiered Method

This report provides a three-tiered approach to measure coastal resilience and to further provide guidance and resilient alternatives for planning and engineering design.

Date Published: June 2015

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Measuring Progress: A Practical Guide from the Developers of the Environmental Performance Index

This guide provides information on developing environmental performance indicators and constructing indices.

Date Published: July 2013

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Baseline Indicators for Disaster Resilient Communities

This document outlines a methodology for creating and measuring social, ecological, infrastructure, and institutional baseline resilience indicators.

Date Published: July 2009

Resilient Standards, Codes, and Land Use

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

Quantification of Integrated Watershed System Resilience: A Tiered Method

This report provides a three-tiered approach to measure coastal resilience and to further provide guidance and resilient alternatives for planning and engineering design.

Date Published: June 2015

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

This report provides a model for other regions and localities to create vulnerability assessments to make future development safer and resilient.

Date Published: April 2015

Disaster Resiliency and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards

This review of fire protection codes and standards for resilience building and identifies gaps in knowledge necessary to support integrating resilience into NFPA codes and standards.

Date Published: December 2014

EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

This checklist includes strategies to improve flood resilience, improve land and discourage development in river corridors, and protect communities in vulnerable settlements.

Date Published: July 2014

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resources on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Planning for Flood and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches

This document offers policy options to communities affected by flood to help them update and strengthen their policies and strategies to improve flood resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience

This webpage provides resources for Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

Issue Brief: Auditing Your Town's Development Code for Barriers to Sustainable Water Management

This issue brief is intended for town officials who want to understand how development regulations in their community affect local water resources.

Date Published: September 2013

Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

This report examines how California communities of color are fighting for climate justice and implementing effective responses with equity at the center in an effort to close the climate gap.

Date Published: October 2012

Climate Change Resource Directory

This resource list provides information to help local governments plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies, with an emphasis on water and stormwater management.

Date Published: July 2012

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

FORTIFIED Home Hurricane Standards

This document highlights standards created to minimize damage and loss resulting from hurricanes; improving, protecting, and strengthening design and construction.

Date Published: January 2012

Status of Building Codes in New Jersey and New York: The Future of Resilience in a Post-Sandy Environment

This document provides an examination of New York's and New Jersey's building codes and suggestions to help increase building resilience for future storms.

Date Published: January 2012

Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

This report summarizes current technical and scientific data on the impacts of climate change on the built environment and identifies strategies that will increase resilience and facilitate climate adaptation.

Date Published: January 2011

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning

This report outlines the value of planners in mitigation planning and how hazard mitigation efforts might successfully fit into local comprehensive plans.

Date Published: May 2010

Hazard and Resiliency Planning: Perceived Benefits Among Land Use Planners

This document provides information about a research project that makes final reccomendations on how to begin hazard mitigation planning in coastal regions.

Date Published: April 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010