Climate Adaptation Reports
NARC worked in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver as part of the Building Community Resiliency project funded by the Sectoral Applications Research Program under U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create A Survey of Regional Planning for Climate Adaptation. This report details how regional planning organizations are responding to climate change. Through the survey, NARC sought to pinpoint the extent to which regional planning organizations are planning for and working to adapt to climate change. This report analyzes those results and provides recommendations derived from the survey findings and additional feedback. NARC designed the report to help regional planning organizations, local governments and other interested parties better understand the role regional planning organizations play in climate change planning.
NARC worked with the University of Colorado at Denver to explore how regional planning organizations are responding to climate change, as part of the Building Community Resiliency project, funded by the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A synopsis of the paper and the key survey findings are included here.
Green Infrastructure Reports
This report evaluates the support system for green infrastructure planning in the U.S. and seeks to answer: What are strategic scales, policies, programs and partnerships for implementing green infrastructure in the U.S.? What is and could be an effective institutional support system for green infrastructure in the U.S.?
NARC conducted a survey of regional planning organizations’ experiences with green infrastructure planning and implementation, as part of the U.S. Forest Service funded Green Infrastructure Assessment: Mapping and Evaluating the Support System for Green Infrastructure Planning in the United States project. The survey illustrates regional planning organizations’ key roles in green infrastructure projects driven by a variety of needs and funded by a variety of government and private sources.
NARC in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service provided small grants to the Houston-Galveston Area Council in Houston, TX and the Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, NC to serve as national models of land conservation and natural resource protection. This report summarizes the projects carried out by the two regional planning organizations during their Regional Centers of Excellence project and other overall success of NARC’s second Regional Centers of Excellence award.
2010 Regional Centers of Excellence in Green Infrastructure Case Studies:
The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (BLRPC) in Green Bay, WI and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in Philadelphia, PA were selected as NARC’s first Regional Centers of Excellence. Through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, NARC awarded BLRPC and DVRPC to engage in a variety of activities promoting regional green infrastructure planning. This report summarizes the activities carried out during the project period.
2009 Regional Centers of Excellence in Green Infrastructure Case Studies:
Green Jobs Reports
This four-page executive summary focuses on the core successes and lessons learned during NARC and its partners’ U.S. Department of Labor funded Pathways Out of Poverty Project.
This Pathways Out of Poverty program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was designed to address pressing economic needs in communities across the country by training and placing disadvantaged individuals in jobs with opportunities for advancement along career pathways in green industries. NARC and its Pathways Out of Poverty team partners developed this report to share the outcomes and results of their U.S. Department of Labor-funded project. It includes lessons learned, promising practices and other key information for regions and local governments interested in replicating similar jobs training and placement programs.
For more information on the Pathways project and resources for green jobs training, see www.narc.org/pathways.
The Guide is intended to provide guidance specifically to regional planning organizations on the unique roles they can play to move solar energy deployment forward in their regions. By focusing on case studies and regionally-specific tools, the Guide seeks to be a practical and applicable resource for taking full advantage of the opportunities in regional solar energy deployment. The Guide was prepared by NARC, as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), working to increase the use and integration of solar energy technologies in regions and communities across the country.