Tag Archives: resilience

Webinar: What Do Local Decision-Makers Need to Adapt to a Changing Climate: 2016 Local Solutions Report Findings

In this webinar, Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience will release findings from the 2016 Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change. The report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of sources to inform priorities for public policies, budget setting, private sector funding, investments, and action. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the report findings and discussion of multiple approaches to overcoming barriers, based on insights... Read more

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Guide

Sustainability, resilience and climate change are top of mind for planners and floodplain managers, but when it comes to subdivision design, those concepts haven’t hit home. The result? Catastrophic flood damage. Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas is a guide to best floodplain planning practices for subdivision design. Readers will find tools to end the build-damage-rebuild cycle, save lives, protect property, and lay the foundation for a better, drier future. Read report... Read more

EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities as the climate changes. Decision makers can create an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs. Once users select areas of interest, they will find information about: the risks posed by climate change to the issues of concern; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes;... Read more

One Surprising Secret Weapon Against Natural Disasters? Landscape Architecture

ASLA 2016 Honor Award, General Design Category. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by Ramoll Studio Dreiseitl. [Photo: Lim Shiang Han]
In an era when cities are ravaged by drought, flooding, wildfires, and more, infrastructure projects tend to get most of the attention when it comes to resiliency. But good landscape design can be powerful, too. This week, the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, published an an online guide designed to help its members plan for, and even prevent, the worst. Read more... Read more

Campus RainWorks Challenge

University of Maryland's Campus RainWorks Challenge entry, Performance Parking: Reimagining Lot 11B, won first place in the Demonstration Project category in 2015
EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge asks student teams to design innovative green infrastructure for their campus. This year teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their green infrastructure designs for stormwater management. EPA is calling for college and university students to form teams with a faculty advisor and compete in either the master plan or demonstration project categories. Entries due December 16. Learn more... Read more

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change: Collaborating to Improve Community Resiliency

In 2015, EPA convened charrettes in four cities to demonstrate how green infrastructure could be applied to communities dealing with a range of challenges. Each city’s charrette focused on different issues based on the most pressing climate change impacts they were facing and their current level of green infrastructure implementation. This new publication summarizes those issues and the recommendations developed by each charrette. Read report... Read more

Webinar: Healthy Cities in the Era of Climate Change

Many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change—reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture—offer significant benefits for public health. Join SSF, Island Press and the Urban Resilience Project for a webinar that will explore the possibilities for “win-win” solutions to climate change and health. September 19 from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. EST. Register now... Read more

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team

(Courtesy of Louisville, Kentucky SDAT)
The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design has released the Call for Applications for its 2017 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program. The SDAT program brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders through an intensive planning process. The mission of the SDAT program is to provide technical assistance to help communities develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. Applications due December 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities

Hunters Point South Park is a 30-acre mixed-use development with a ten-acre city park along the Queens waterfront in New York. (Weiss Manfredi)
Market demand is the best driver for innovation, and many are making a case that the intrinsic economic value of resilient design will help drive its acceptance. The collision of forces between the need for resilience and the cost of it is producing sparks of creativity, particularly in the area of waterfront and storm-related planning. Far from a defensive role, resilience can be part of a project’s marketing strategy and mission. Read more... Read more
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