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Governors’ Action Plan II for Healthy and Resilient Coasts

Building on the tremendous success of the first plan, GOMA released its second plan, the Governors’ Action Plan II for Healthy and Resilient Coasts in 2009. This five-year plan was more aggressive with solutions to address the challenges of the time, including sustaining Gulf economies, improving ecosystem health, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and improving water quality.

Governors’ Action Plan for a Healthy and Resilient Coast

In 2004, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida reached out to the other four Gulf State Governors to encourage collaboration for the protection and restoration of their shared body of water. Two years later the five Gulf State Governors signed the first Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts in 2006. The primary goal of Action Plan I was to increase integration of resources, knowledge, and expertise to address priorities identified by the five Gulf States.

Building Climate Resilience by Connecting to Health

Climate change has been called the greatest 21st century threat to public health. Health departments from around the country, concerned about the negative health impacts of climate change, are engaging communities and professionals from other disciplines to implement adaptation strategies and increase community resiliency. Speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative will highlight how state health departments are building climate resiliency by leading with health in adaptation strategies.



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Integrating proven strategies from 30+ years of real-world planning and design practice, UrbanFootprint helps you discover the true costs and benefits of alternative growth patterns quickly, affordably, and reliably. UrbanFootprint is software for urban planning that can be used at many scales for many users. With a sophisticated web-based user interface served and supported over the cloud, UrbanFootprint makes it easier to manage all project scopes, from infill sites, local neighborhoods, corridors, districts, cities and regional plans.

Transit Climate Change Adaptation Assessment/Asset Management Pilot for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Public transit agencies play an important role in the provision of safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation for the communities they serve. With the growing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes Irene and Sandy, several public transportation agencies have begun to adapt their systems to make them more resilient to the changing climate conditions.

FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Maine Department of Transportation

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) pilot project dovetailed with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-funded Project of Special Merit (POSM) that studied the effect of sea level rise on marsh migration. Transportation assets may be a barrier to marsh migration or may be affected by marsh migration; the MaineDOT pilot identified specific transportation assets that are currently vulnerable to flooding, and leveraged the marsh and sea migration maps to assess the vulnerability of assets to storm surge and sea level rise.

FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Transportation infrastructure and operations in Florida’s Hillsborough County have been severely impacted by extreme weather events in recent years. These impacts have resulted in damage to and deterioration of transportation infrastructure, cutting off access to critical facilities and creating significant disruptions to the movement of people and goods and ultimately the local economy. The project team therefore assessed its surface transportation vulnerabilities to sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding.

FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) covers a six-county region in Central Texas that includes the City of Austin. The area is rapidly growing, and extreme weather events—notably floods, droughts, extreme heat, wildfire, and extreme cold—are an added stressor on the region’s multi-modal transportation system. For this project, CAMPO partnered with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability to assess vulnerabilities to critical transportation assets in the region.