ABSTRACT

Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Climate change is having, and is expected to continue to have, an impact on communities' economies, environment, and quality of life. Many local governments recognize the need to plan for long-term solutions to prepare for and adapt to the local impacts of climate change. But how do communities prepare for projected impacts across multiple sectors? [...] This guidebook presents approaches that cities, suburbs, and rural areas in the Washington, D.C., region can use to prepare for future climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and community goals. These approaches respond to current and projected risks to the land use, transportation, water, and building sectors and can help make these sectors more resilient, meaning the sectors would be better able to prepare for and recover from threats. The approaches are also intended to encourage compact development that offers a range of transportation options, uses resources more efficiently, and creates attractive and thriving neighborhoods--in other words, to bring additional short- and long-term benefits that improve the community regardless of the extent of climate change that actually occurs. Many of these approaches include smart growth strategies that some local governments in the region already use but that could be tweaked to help communities better adapt to climate change."

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Date:
2013-11
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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