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OCT
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The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) recently awarded two regional infrastructure projects separate levels of distinction within the Envision rating system.  The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) of North Central Texas earned the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Silver award for their Line J, Section 1 Pipeline project. The Sun Valley Watershed Multi-Benefit Project in Los Angeles County, CA, has earned the system’s Platinum award which is the highest level attainable in the Envision system.

 

The Tarrant pipeline was designed by Freese and Nichols, Inc., a charter member of ISI. ISI President and CEO, William Bertera, presented the award to the Tarrant Regional Water District on September 23, 2014. The Envision Silver award-winning project is a two mile, 108-inch diameter pipeline delivering water from the Kennedale Balancing Reservoir directly to the Arlington Outlet, dedicating a significant amount of water demand from the existing pipelines, and allowing the District to meet future demands at the Rolling Hills Water  Treatment line, and locations further west.

 

The Sun Valley Watershed Project manages storm water for the Sun Valley Watershed in Los Angeles County. It provides flood protection, improves watershed health, increases open space and recreational opportunities, and improves wildlife habitat. The project received 67% of the Department’s applicable Envision credits; the most any project has received to date from the Envision infrastructure rating system. It consists of several completed components including Tuxford Green, Sun Valley Park Drain and Infiltration System, Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit, and the Elmer Avenue Paseo. Other components include the Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park and the Sun Valley Watershed Upper Storm Drain System and Recycled Water Line, which are in the final design stage. The Valley Steam Plant and the Whitnall Powerline Easement components are in the conceptual design stage.

 

For more information on the Tarrant Pipeline, click here. For more information on the Sun Valley Watershed Project, click here.

11
AUG
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How Will Eleven US Cities Receive Two Years of Salary for a CRO for Free? Learn About Opportunities for Your City in the Next Round of Applicants!

 

There’s a new person in town and it’s the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).  Who are they?   According to the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities program, they’re a great communicator, project manager, and someone who cuts across multiple disciplines.  Here’s how the 100 Resilient Cities project defines the CRO: 

 

“A Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) is a top-level advisor that reports directly to the city mayor. Their task is to establish a compelling resilience vision for his or her city, working across departments and with the local community to maximize innovation and minimize the impact of unforeseen events.”  Read more about the CRO and the skillset desired in a CRO here:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/what-is-a-chief-resilience-officer

 

Several of the eleven US cities, including Boulder, CO, that were chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program have already hired their CRO. The CRO’s salary for the first two years is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.  To read more about Boulder’s new Chief Resilience Officer

https://bouldercolorado.gov/newsroom/aug-7-2014-boulder-hires-first-ever-chief-resilience-officer-2

10 other US Cities were chosen as part of the inaugural group of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program. More cities are to be chosen in 2014.  The deadline to apply is September 10, 2014

Your city can apply for the next round of eligible cities at:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/pages/100-resilient-cities-challenge

 

100 Resilient Cities Challenge Incentives

“The Finalists identified during the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge will be eligible to receive:

  • Funding in the form of a grant to hire a Chief Resilience Officer;
  • Technical support to develop a holistic resilience strategy that reflects each city’s distinct needs;
  • Access to an innovative platform of services to support strategy development and implementation. Platform partners come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and will offer tools in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use, and community and social resilience;
  • Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to share knowledge and practices with other member cities.

The actual form and amount of awards will be determined at the discretion of 100 Resilient Cities.”

Source:  100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Compiled by Gail Ann Clark, Center for Sustainability Staff

08
AUG
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On July 16, the White House released plans for several initiatives funded by federal agencies that will support state, local, and tribal governments’ efforts to become resilient against the effects of climate change.  These initiatives include:

  • National Disaster Resilience Competition that rewards up $1 billion to communities affected by natural disasters in recent years
  • The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs $10 million Federal-Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program that will help tribes prepare for climate change by developing and delivering adaptation training
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $236.3 million in funding for eight states to support improved rural electric infrastructure
  • FEMA’s new Mitigation Integration Task Force that works  with state, tribal, local, and eligible private non-profit partners, to identify pilot projects in current and emerging disasters  where investments will make the areas more resilient.
  • EPA’s Green Infrastructure Collaborative that advances green infrastructure, and
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) new $1.5 million program to investigate how climate change will affect coastal areas and improve how local government coastal management programs 

 

To learn more about the new federal initiatives for climate change resiliency, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/16/fact-sheet-taking-action-support-state-local-and-tribal-leaders-they-pre

08
AUG
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool to improve local flood readiness. The tool is called the Flood Resilience Checklist. The Checklist offers flood readiness strategies for communities such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater. 


The checklist is part of a new report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities. The report is a result of EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont. In this project, EPA worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies to help communities recover from Tropical Storm Irene. 

EPA will host a webinar on lessons learned from the Vermont project on Wednesday, August 13. The webinar will feature speakers from FEMA, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District. 

To learn more about the tool and the report, click here: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1

To learn about the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, click here:  http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm
 

To learn more about the webinar: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html

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