NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
/ Kousky, Carolyn, Fleming, Billy, & Berger, Alan M. (Eds.). — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2021.
1 online resource (xix, 290 pages) : illustrations, maps, PDF.
The book is a collection of papers that address the challenges, funding, policy and land use planning for adapting coastal communities to rising waters in the United States. It discusses the changing risks to U.S. coastal communities, a comprehensive framework for coastal flood-risk reduction, public funding available for coastal adaptation in the U.S., insurance issues related to coastal adaptation, environmental impact bonds, adapting coastal drinking water, cleaning up properties abandoned to rising waters, zoning responses, and adapted urban design for coastal regions.
COVID-19 pandemic, geospatial information, and community resilience: Global applications and lessons
/ Rajabifard, Abbas, Foliente, Greg, & Paez, Daniel. (Eds.). — Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2021.
1 online resource (xxvi, 532 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), graphs, maps (chiefly colour), EPUB.
The book comprises papers and case studies on the use of geospatial information systems (GIS) and geographic data to understand, plan for and manage the COVID-19 pandemic around the world as well as best practices for GIS to inform emergency planning, lessons learned for planning for sustainability and resiliency, and changes to urban planning practice and the design of cities. It addresses data processing in the planning and emergency response by governments at the national, regional and local levels.
The book is the result of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Academic network as well as the University of Melbourne's Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety.
/ Moisio, Antti, Rubin, Anna, Chatry, Isabelle, Kornprobst, Antoine, Phung, Louise, & Garzilazo, Enrique. — Paris : OECD Publishing, 2020.
1 online resource (127 pages) : graphs, colour maps, HTML. — (OECD multi-level governance studies).
The document explores the rationale, types, benefits and drawbacks of decentralizing governance to subnational levels. It looks at the context of regionalization reforms in Europe, notably Finland, France and Poland. Finally, it investigates multi-level governance and the state of decentralization in Portugal and identifies three scenarios for enhanced decentralization in the country.
/ Tsenkova, Sasha. — Cham, Switzerland : Springer Nature, 2021.
1 online resource (xvii, 148 pages) : illustrations (some colour), PDF.
The book provides an overview of the design of national energy efficiency policies for the social housing sector in Canada (e.g., Canada Economic Action Plan's Renovation and Energy Retrofit Program) and the challenges of implementing government programs for energy improvement building retrofit. Case studies describe and analyze the energy-efficiency retrofit programs for social and affordable housing in select cities (i.e., Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton) and provincial programs (British Columbia and Ontario). They address overall program performance, evaluation metrics, partnerships and the benefits of comprehensive retrofits. The final chapters identifies lessons from the energy efficiency programs for the social housing sector from 2009 to 2020 and offers recommendations related to housing inventory, innovation and investment.
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