Canadian Climate Adaptation Fund

Canada has created a large-scale disaster and mitigation fund in order to reduce the financial impacts to local communities from damage caused by climate change. The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) focuses on funding large infrastructure resilience projects that meet DMAF goals. The $2 billion fund also concentrates on alleviating the adverse negative effects of climate disasters on communities of lower socioeconomic status. Additionally, this policy allows for multiple smaller projects […]

Risk Pools for Climate-Influenced Disasters

Nineteen African nations have joined together in an effort to prepare for the current and future effects of climate change. They enacted a risk pooling strategy that unlocks funding when climate influenced disasters strike. The member states of this group are able to draw down pooled funds for responding to specific climate events or disasters. This risk pooling allows them to reduce their costs in the short term while still […]

Electric School Bus Funding: New York Giveth and (Tries to) Taketh

Funding for electric school buses in New York is on two tracks going in opposite directions. On one hand, the State just announced an additional $2.5 million in grants through the existing New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). On the other […]

Sponge Cities: China’s solution to water stress in the face of climate change

China has started implementing new strategies to combat water stress in urban areas due to climate change. These strategies include green rooftops, urban wetland parks, permeable pavement, and a broad assortment of novel engineering strategies, all of which are implemented to retain rainwater within the city, add ground water as a backup for times of drought, and prevent excessive stormwater flooding. These shifts toward green infrastructure are needed […]

Win-Win: When Environmental Regulation Leads to Technological Innovation

What is the best way to solve our most pressing environmental problems, such as carbon emissions causing global climate disruptions? Under the right conditions, technological innovation induced by government regulation can play a significant role. In many cases, innovation leads to lowered costs to industry and consumers in addition to the direct environmental benefits that […]

Local Watershed Protection Toolkit (3): Voluntary Green Neighbor Agreements

A third tool for residents of communities to enact conservation improvements in their immediate area (in addition to Watershed Protection Improvement Districts and Watershed Community Cooperatives, which we discussed in previous posts in this blog series) is a Voluntary Green Neighbor Agreement (VGNA), a voluntary, flexible, public agreement among neighbors living within a watershed community […]

Local Watershed Protection Toolkit (2): Watershed Community Cooperatives

This three-part blog series discusses a suite of tools that municipalities and other community stakeholders can use to address environmental problems at the local level. In our first blog post in this series, we discussed Watershed Protection Improvement Districts, which can be established by local governments.  We now discuss Watershed Community Cooperatives. Watershed Community Cooperatives A Watershed […]