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How to Secure Funding for Projects through California’s Climate Adaptation Planning Grant Program

California state law requires jurisdictions to integrate considerations for climate change and associated risk into General Plans, Climate Adaptation Plans, and Local Coastal Programs. The law also incentivizes the integration of adaptation in Local and Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans. Collectively, these plans guide the development of long-term community vision, infrastructure investments, community health and safety,

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4 Vital Observations to Assess the Health of Blue Gum Eucalyptus Trees

Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) are ubiquitous in California. The species was imported as seeds from Australia during the Gold Rush during the mid-1800s, in the hopes that the fast-growing trees’ wood could be used for construction, furniture making, and railroad ties. They were unsuitable for that use due to the propensity of the

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How Sonic Tomography Helps Arborists Detect Unhealthy Trees to Keep Communities Safe

Drought and pests, as well as tissue and root damage, put many trees at risk for internal rot and decay, which can pose a risk to property and public safety in the event a tree fails. Sonic tomography allows municipalities and developers to efficiently detect and accurately map tree decay in a non-invasive manner, especially

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No Regrets: Community Planning in the Midst of Uncertainty

Climate change has already impacted communities across the US, however, even with sophisticated models, the where, when, and how severe future impacts will be is still uncertain. For this reason, some municipalities, especially those that lack staff or funds, may be hesitant to undertake highly specific climate resilient projects or implement climate change policies. “No

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Trees are Infrastructure: Planning for Trees to Create Resilient, Equitable Communities

Planning for Trees Improves Climate Resiliency As the climate changes and the earth warms, extreme heat days (temperatures over 95°F) have increased in frequency and wildfires fueled by dry vegetation burn bigger and for longer, negatively impacting air quality both locally and nationally. While unable to completely cancel out the impacts of an extreme heat

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7 Tips to Ace the AICP Certification Exam

The AICP certification exam is held twice a year and tests planners critical thinking skills and ability to foresee consequences and mitigate issues in the context of planning throughout the United States. The test covers five topics areas, including Fundamental Planning Knowledge; Plan Making and Implementation; Areas of Practice; Leadership, Administration, and Management; and AICP

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Using Zoom Webinar to Conduct Secure Virtual Public Outreach, Meetings, and Presentations

With stay-at-home orders in place, people are increasingly turning to online technology to meet virtually. For projects with a requirement to conduct public outreach or with a need to hold public board meetings or presentations, technologies like Zoom are critical. However, swift, widespread adoption of the technology also revealed vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the Zoom

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Environmental Justice Considerations in Climate Action Planning

In a changing world subject to ever-increasing climate-related hazards, including increased air pollution, extreme heat, sea-level rise, and wildfires, planning and developing projects with a consideration of environmental justice is crucial. Per the EPA, environmental justice (EJ) is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement” of all people regarding development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws,

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Fostering SB and DBE Partnerships Improves Project Delivery

Municipal agencies are increasingly including considerable small business (SB) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goals for as-needed and other contract efforts. At the same time, communities and businesses are recognizing the value of SB and DBE partnerships among contractors and small, local service providers for technical services. However, predicting task orders and workload at

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5 Steps to Urban Forest Management Plan Success in 2022

With shifting environmental conditions, cities are recognizing the important role trees play in creating a robust urban forest that is capable of reducing surface temperatures, improving air quality, conserving energy, and increasing quality of life, amongst many other benefits. A sustainable urban forest must contain healthy, well maintained trees with high species and age diversity.

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