Climate Change

Long Island Solar Roadmap: Advancing Low-Impact Solar in Nassau & Suffolk Counties

Solar power offers Long Islanders a host of benefits — reductions in greenhouse gases and air pollution, healthier communities, affordable access to renewable energy, and good paying jobs. Solar can also play a significant role in helping address the climate crisis and meeting the goals of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Low-impact sites like rooftops, parking lots, and other land already impacted by development, such as capped landfills and remediated brownfields, are excellent locations for the development of commercial- and utility-scale arrays.

Urban Adaptation Assessment

Developed by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, the UAA provides data on vulnerability, risk, and readiness for 278 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, with populations of at least 100,000. The UAA measures a city’s risk and readiness on over 40 indicators divided into six categories (exposure, adaptive capacity, sensitivity, government, social and economic), along five climate hazards – extreme heat, extreme cold, drought, flooding and sea level rise.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Looking for climate data? Need to compile a Climate Vulnerability Assessment or Adaptation Plan? Check out the Climate Resilience Toolkit compiled by NOAA. The catalog of more than 200 digital tools can help you take steps to build resilience, from engaging a community to developing a climate action plan. Use this powerful tool to discover and document climate hazards, then develop workable solutions to lower climate-related risks.

Climate Smart Brownfields Manual

Brownfield revitalization can support community efforts to become more resilient to climate change impacts by incorporating adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process. This manual will help communities think about climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in the context of brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. 

Resilience Strategies for Communities at Risk

This resource from the Urban Land Institute includes 23 different reccomendations and strategies for communities that are at risk of being dangerously affected by climate change and need to become more resilient. The publication is broken down into four different sections; Land Use and Development, Infrastructure and Technology, Finance and
Insurance, and Leadership and Governance. 

CDC Policy on Climate Change and Public Health

There is widespread scientific consensus that the world’s climate is changing. Some of the effects of climate change are likely to include more variable weather, heat waves, heavy precipitation events, flooding, droughts, more intense storms such as hurricanes, sea level rise, and air pollution. Each of these changes has the potential to negatively affect health. While climate change is recognized as a global issue, the effects of climate change will vary across geographic regions and populations.

Tackling Sea-Level Rise | Urban Land Institute

In 2014, The Urban Land Institute of San Francisco (ULIsf) examined current sub regional resilience planning initiatives and resilience-related development entitlement conditions in the Bay Area.  ULI conducted two forums highlighting different aspects of planning, focusing on multijurisdictional, integrated initiatives and comparing several development projects, the conditions of their approval, and their entitlement process. The steering committee was composed of ULI members and actors in resilience activities in the Bay Area, including CCLR's Program Director - Ignacio Dayrit.