Resources | State Resilience and Economic Growth Summit

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies was released in October 2015. This framework was informed by the State Resilience and Economic Growth Summit and its participants, as well as the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.

Below, find presentations and materials from the event, as well as additional resources. Over the next week, we’ll be sharing blog posts summarizing each panel as well, so check back often! Looking to get in touch with other attendees? Access their contact information here >>

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“Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change”
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
A detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies and outlines steps companies can take to better assess and manage their growing climate risks.

“Shaping Climate-Resilient Development: A Framework for Decision-making”
Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group
This report focuses specifically on the economic aspects of adaptation, outlining a fact-based risk management approach that national and local leaders can use to understand the impact of climate on their economies and identify actions to minimize that impact at the lowest cost to society.

“Own Your Risk: Reframing Risk and Resiliency in the Columbia River Basin”
Swiss Re and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
This case study on resilience policy in the Pacific Northwest analyzes inter-state coordination, risk evaluation, regulatory structures, and resilience financing related to the region’s flooding and earthquake hazards.

NOAA State of the Coast
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Explore this site to gain a deeper appreciation of the connections among healthy coastal ecosystems, a robust U.S. economy, a safe population, a sustainable quality of life for coastal residents, and the consequent need to better understand, manage, and protect our nation’s coastal resources.

Coastal County Snapshots
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand graphic reports to help assess a county’s resilience to flooding, understand the benefits provided by natural resources, and explain these concepts to governing bodies and citizen groups.

“The Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana”
Center for Planning Excellence
The Manual explains and illustrates the latest available international, national and local best practices in coastal development and recommends relevant strategies at the community scale as well as the site and building scale.

“Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit”
Center for Planning Excellence
The Coastal Toolkit contains development and redevelopment standards that are similar to the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit, but focus on hazard mitigation, storm water management, and natural resource protection in the coastal areas.

“Colorado Recovery Office Year Report”
Colorado Recovery Office
Takes a look at lessons learned from the floods that impacted Colorado in 2013 and sets the framework for Colorado’s outlook towards recovery and resilience.

“Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action”
Georgetown Climate Center
The report draws from and builds upon lessons learned post-disaster in New Orleans, New York, and Vermont, identifying more than 30 federal programs, initiatives, and laws that can be used to prepare for extreme events such as storms, floods, heat waves, and rising seas.

“Adapting to Urban Heat: A Toolkit for Local Governments”
Georgetown Climate Center
This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens, focusing on a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry) and providing clear strategies for selecting and pursuing these approaches.

“Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations”
California Climate Action Team
This guidance provides an overview of current climate projections for increased temperature and extreme heat conditions for California, describes the health effects of extreme heat, and presents recommendations for state and local planners, local governments, emergency response, and public health institutions.

“Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Flood”
Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
A collection of resources, established following the Tropical Storm Irene’s extensive 2011 flooding in Vermont, that outline the continued work with Vermont communities and partners to incorporate lessons learned from that disaster, make communities safer, reduce the cost of future damage, and protect vital areas of economic activity and community services.

Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative
Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
The Initiative evaluated and ranked areas where economic activity and associated infrastructure are at high risk of flooding, providing the foundation to develop community-tailored action plans to reduce the loss of jobs, inventory, revenue, as well as the cost to repair roads, bridges, and other key infrastructure.

Flood Ready
State of Vermont
An online resource containing strategies, toolkits, and funding guidance to help communities avoid flood damage.

New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup
The Workgroup is a collaboration of 19 organizations working to help communities learn about existing resources and locate additional assistance to better prepare for climate effects in order to protect their social, economic, human and environmental health.

Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup
The Workgroup is a bi-state, multi-stakeholder working group of leaders and partner organizations that meets regularly with  the aim of building climate resilient communities in the Upper Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Adaptation Toolkit
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
This toolkit was developed to guide New Hampshire communities through a logical planning process, providing a variety of adaptation tools and resources for assessing and planning for climate change impacts.

West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
The Exchange is an agreement between California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to increase the feasibility of vital infrastructure projects by reducing costs through strong management, bundling similar projects, partnering with innovators in other regions, and helping to connect public entities with private capital.

“The Way Forward: A New Economic Vision for America’s Infrastructure”
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Global Institute
This white paper details the critical role infrastructure plays in the American economy, outlines the disruptive trends that are redefining the marketplace, and lays out a path for public, private, and civic sectors to engage and partner in new ways.

Fire Adapted Communities Coalition
The FAC coalition provides risk-reduction information at the different levels—from regional land management down to the homeowner—in order to form a holistic approach to improving wildfire resilience.

Private Sector Prep Program (PS-Prep)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
PS-Prep relies on private sector-developed voluntary consensus standards that encourage the private sector to engage in fire preparedness activities. The standards themselves are used by both the public and private sectors.

“East & South Shores Staten Island NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan”
New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
The NYRCR Plan is a community-based resilience plan that is the product of a robust public engagement effort involving  both residents and business owners. It outlines short term, “shovel-ready” projects; medium-term projects that can be implemented within two- five years; and long term actions that require resources beyond the state’s funding allocation.

“Community Economic Recovery Guidebook for Local Disaster Resilience”
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
This guidebook provides a framework of discussion for local business and community leaders to develop an economic recovery strategy, connecting disaster management functions with economic principles to identify key issues and suggested actions before and after a disaster.