Climate Resilience

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Book Excerpt: Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation

The challenge of adapting our communities to climate change is complex and urgent – but taking the time to recenter our collective efforts in the needs of older adults will be effective in reducing their risk and making all of us more resilient.

January 4, 2024 - Danielle Arigoni

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Growing ‘Climate Ready’ Urban Trees

A New Mexico research program will assess the health of seedlings to understand which trees will be most resilient to climate risks.

October 18, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Urban Design for Addressing Climate Resilience

Cities around the world are finding ways to protect their residents and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters.

October 13, 2023 - Architecture Daily

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How the Informal Economy Can Build Resilience

Building sustainable, equitable cities of the future, must take into account the important and often overlooked tasks performed by informal workers.

October 4, 2023 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Cars passing through flooded street after Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

Federal Government Announces National Climate Resilience Framework

The document is designed to guide federal investment into community-driven solutions tailored to local conditions and needs.

October 3, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Red "Unstable Cliffs - Stay Back" sign on tall Pacific coast cliff

Coastal Climate Resilience to Receive $2.6 Billion Federal Investment

The Biden Administration announced the second massive investment of federal funds for coastal resilience on June 6. The Inflation Reduction Act allocated $3.3 billion to NOAA. In March, the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act added $562 billion.

June 21, 2023 - The Hill

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Street Trees as Climate Resilience

An Austin-based urban designer explains how protecting and encouraging the planting of street trees will make the city more resilient to increasingly common extreme heat events, among many other benefits.

April 3, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

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Working With Nature, Not Against It

The concept of ‘natural capital’ calls on policymakers to consider the value of natural infrastructure, which can often improve climate resilience without expensive construction projects.

March 22, 2023 - Scientific American

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Resilience Planning for Suburban Growth

Whether or not the suburban shift accelerated by the pandemic continues, policymakers can implement climate resilience strategies and guide sustainable growth in both cities and exurbs.

April 12, 2022 - Brookings

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How Cities Can Curb Climate Change and Protect Vulnerable Residents

A new U.N. report urges cities to upgrade their infrastructure to bolster climate resilience and build more sustainable, climate-friendly places.

March 3, 2022 - Wired

 The remains of a mobile home park in Sylmar, California. 480 of the park's 600 mobile homes were burned in the Sayre Fire in November 2008.

U.S. Communities Increasingly at Risk of Extreme Weather Events

As development pushes into more wildfire-prone areas and climate change makes extreme weather conditions more common, more Americans are experiencing the destructive impacts of climate disasters.

January 9, 2022 - The Washington Post

A conceptual rendering showing an extended shoreline, filled with green park space, along the shore of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Plan Released

The Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan will extend the shoreline in Lower Manhattan by up to 200 feet.

January 2, 2022 - New York City

Governors Island

Finalists Selected for Governors Island Climate Research Center

Four teams will submit detailed proposals for a new climate research and education center on New York's Governors Island.

December 30, 2021 - The Architect's Newspaper

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Report Links Housing Growth and Climate Resilience

Data from three U.S. metro areas show a failure to address land use and sprawl as a key factor driving climate change.

December 26, 2021 - The Brookings Institution

Highway Construction

Federal Memo 'Gently' Discourages Highway Construction

The Federal Highway Administration is urging states to prioritize climate-friendly projects and put federal funds toward repairs and active transportation infrastructure.

December 21, 2021 - Wired

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Acting Mayor Pulls Boston's Downtown Harbor Plan

Intrigue continues for waterfront development plans in Boston and nearby cities.

September 5, 2021 - The Boston Globe

Washington D.C. COnstruction

Opinion: Massachusetts Should Prioritize 'Shovel-Worthy' Projects

When distributing new federal funding, state leaders should ensure that selected projects are aligned with the state's climate resilience goals.

July 14, 2021 - CommonWealth Magazine

Biden Administration

Biden on Senate Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan: 'We Have a Deal'

The plan, initially proposed by five Democratic and five Republican senators, calls for $1.2 billion in spending over 8 years. Biden wants to see a much larger plan in a second bill, which could potentially sink the package.

June 27, 2021 - The New York Times

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When the Floodwaters Receded in Ellicott City

Ellicott City, Maryland, a suburb located 12-miles from Baltimore with a historic Main Street that has experienced catastrophic flooding twice since 2016, offers a case study of the complementary effects of sprawl and climate change.

November 13, 2019 - NPR

Fuel Break Wildfire

New Models of Risk Assessment Needed in Wildfire Zones

About 350,000 residents have lost wildfire insurance in recent years, as a series of catastrophic fires have swept the state of California and insurance industry struggles to keep up with climate change.

October 24, 2019 - The Conversation

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