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Integrating Sustainability into Recovery

Guides, Reports and Tools

Smart Growth Changes for Climate Adaption and Resilience: Helps local government officials, staff, and boards find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies.

EPA Green Infrastructure Website: This resource catalog support planning, building, and funding of green infrastructure.  

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Provides access to map overlays of climate stressors and impacts with interactive graphs of historical temperature and precipitation records.

State and Local Energy Program: This planning tool helps communities think about the baseline conditions and opportunities for renewable energy in their community.

State and Local Climate and Energy Program - Renewable Energy: This planning tool helps communities think about the baseline conditions and opportunities for renewable energy in their community.

 Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Advancing Local Solutions Introduces various concepts basic to sustainability through workshops and other presentations concerning sustainable communities and economies, climate adaptation and resilience, and leadership for sustainability.

Recommendations to improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure : Outlines various cross-cutting, sector-specific issues involved in making New York State infrastructure more resilient.

Tools for Coastal Climate Adaption Planning: A Guide for Selecting Tools to Assist with Ecosystem-Based Climate Planning: The guide provides information necessary for coastal land managers and community planners to select appropriate tools for their projects. It focuses on spatially explicit solutions for climate-related planning.

Flood Resilience Checkline: The guidance contains a Flood Resilience Checklist and a discussion of smart growth approaches.

Livable Communities Disaster Recovery Toolkit: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) suggestions and checklist for how to rebuild a town, city or neighborhood to be a great place for people of all ages. 

ABAG Recovery Toolkit for Local Governments: This toolkit provides sampling of some of the long- term disaster recovery work done by Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), as well as other local, state, federal, and academic partners. It includes conceptual and theoretical discussion as well as practical, usable tools such as model ordinances.

Case Studies

Rebuilding After Disaster: Going Green from the Ground Up: This case study, developed for community leaders involved in post-disaster reconstruction, is intended to show communities how they can incorporate green principles and technologies like energy efficiency and renewable energy into their rebuilding plans.

Rising Above the Water: New Orleans Implements Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Practices Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: This case study details technical assistance provided by Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to New Orleans.  Technical assistance included, designing and developing more efficient schools and homes, as well as evaluating the costs, benefits, and impacts of various energy efficiency and renewable technology policies.

A Tale of Two Cities: Greensburg Rebuilds as a National Model for Green Communities: This case study documents how experts worked with Greensburg city leaders, business owners, residents, and others to identify ways to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into the town’s rebuilding efforts.

Technology Deployment: Disaster Resiliency and Recovery: This document discusses how new technologies have impacted disaster resiliency and recovery in Greensburg, Kansas, Galena, Alaska, New Orleans, Louisiana, and New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.