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

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

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 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

Community Capacity Building

Building Cohesive Communities in an Era of Migration and Change

This resource is an update to the 2011 Receiving Communities Toolkit and explores the nature of today’s challenge, strategies to address divides, and recommendations for bringing social cohesion work to scale.

Date Published: November 2021

Creating Lasting Change through Community Leadership

This resource explores how Promise Neighborhoods are working with residents to weather crises and transform communities.

Date Published: December 2020

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

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 2014

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 2014

Financing Strategies

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: November 2021

Preserving Assets in At-Risk Municipalities

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

Date Published: May 2017

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

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

Date Published: July 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

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

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: November 2021

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: January 2018

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

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

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

Date Published: July 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

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 Cost-Benefit Resources

This resource provides information on how communities estimate the costs and benefits of their green infrastructure programs as and reviews tools that can be used in a cost-benefit analysis.

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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

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

Routes to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions Transportation Future

This resource examines the three routes to reducing green house gas emission from transportation: increasing the efficiency of vehicle technology, changing how we travel and transport goods, and using lower-carbon fuels.

Date Published: November 2021

Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Transportation

This resource provides access to the Federal Highway Administration tools and publications for improving resilience to extreme weather events and future environmental conditions.

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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

Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

This resource examines climate change and its impacts on transportation. It provides strategies to enable different and diverse sets of stakeholders to understand the benefits of reaching across institutional divides in order to work together to achieve common objectives. The audience for this resource includes Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners and supervisors involved in all operational aspects that are likely to be affected by climate change. 

Date Published: January 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

Guidance Document for Incorporating Resiliency Concepts into NFPA Codes and Standards

The purpose of this document is to assist National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees in understanding the concepts of Resilience, and how those concepts may apply to the scope of their committee documents. The guide’s scope addresses the contextual definition of resilience, explains the existing resiliency frameworks developed by federal agencies, and emphasizes the risk informed approach to applying resiliency concepts to NFPA documents.

Date Published: December 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

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

Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Resources

This resource provides information on how communities estimate the costs and benefits of their green infrastructure programs as and reviews tools that can be used in a cost-benefit analysis.

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 2014

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

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

Date Published: July 2014

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

Resilient Standards, Codes, and Land Use

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: November 2021

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

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

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

Routes to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions Transportation Future

This resource examines the three routes to reducing green house gas emission from transportation: increasing the efficiency of vehicle technology, changing how we travel and transport goods, and using lower-carbon fuels.

Date Published: November 2021

Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Transportation

This resource provides access to the Federal Highway Administration tools and publications for improving resilience to extreme weather events and future environmental conditions.

Date Published: November 2021

Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

This resource examines climate change and its impacts on transportation. It provides strategies to enable different and diverse sets of stakeholders to understand the benefits of reaching across institutional divides in order to work together to achieve common objectives. The audience for this resource includes Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners and supervisors involved in all operational aspects that are likely to be affected by climate change. 

Date Published: January 2016

Guidance Document for Incorporating Resiliency Concepts into NFPA Codes and Standards

The purpose of this document is to assist National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees in understanding the concepts of Resilience, and how those concepts may apply to the scope of their committee documents. The guide’s scope addresses the contextual definition of resilience, explains the existing resiliency frameworks developed by federal agencies, and emphasizes the risk informed approach to applying resiliency concepts to NFPA documents.

Date Published: December 2015