Tag Archives: Resiliency

New Jersey Advances Resiliency and Flood Protection Projects

On April 8, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced a $202 million resiliency project in Union Beach, located along Raritan Bay, one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The massive flood-control project ― funded by federal, state, and local contributions ― will include construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates, and pump stations. […]

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HUD Releases Green Infrastructure Report Within New Online Library

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library. HUD awarded the first Sustainable Community Initiative Grant in 2010, and the library will showcase products from the 143 communities that have received the grant since then. This new online library catalogs dozens of local and regional […]

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UN Designates Hoboken a Resiliency Role Model

On March 3, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction designated Hoboken, N.J., a role model for the Making Cities Resilient campaign due to its flood risk management practices. These practices include plans to retain more than a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure. This makes Hoboken one of 45 cities worldwide […]

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EPA Releases Climate Adjustment Tool

On Feb.13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for its Stormwater Management Model — a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool enables engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future such climate change projections as more frequent high-intensity […]

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Copenhagen Neighborhood Redesigned With Climate in Mind

In August 2011, St. Kjeld, a low-lying neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, experienced extreme flooding, with more than $1 billion in damages. However, the area will soon be home to a number of innovative green infrastructure and drainage projects, and is the first suburb in Denmark, if not the world, to be redesigned specifically for climate […]

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Alberta Considers Giving More Room to the River

In response to the 2013 floods in Alberta, the Canadian provincial government along with municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and others have identified, studied, and implemented various solutions for the Bow River Basin. Although the focus was primarily on large-scale gray infrastructure, the province is now piloting a new solution being used in the Netherlands to manage […]

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Department of the Interior Launches New Datasets to Improve Climate Resiliency

On December 9, the Department of the Interior announced the release of two new dataset hubs. Part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the datasets will help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Hundreds of datasets from […]

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EPA Offers Communities Climate Resilience Assistance

On Nov. 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of communities that will receive up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance. The goal is to help water utilities in more than 20 communities bolster their climate change resilience and readiness. Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities will participate in a multiyear program […]

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Natural Systems Can Improve Climate Resiliency, Report Says

In late October, the National Wildlife Federation, Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, LG, and Earth Economics released a report entitled “Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather.”  The report discusses nature-based approaches to reduce risks associated with climate change. These approaches can help safeguard people, […]

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EPA Announces Formation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The area covered under this program will include coastal […]

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