Resilient design: the foundation of climate adaption

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries.

For those working in the field of sustainability, we understand inherently that our future is being challenged daily by climate change and environmental degradation. Every new broken temperature record, raging forest fire, or violent storm mock our efforts to mitigate the severe effects of our rapidly changing world. As cities, states, and organizations shift their focus from various mitigation efforts to resiliency efforts, many activists have become even more disheartened, interpreting this as an official loss for the climate change movement.

Alex Wilson, one of the most respected leaders in the field of climate resilience, says quite the opposite. According to this long-time green building activist, founder, and entrepreneur, resilience and mitigation go hand in hand. In other words, if we prepare our built environment to withstand uncertain climate futures, we will create an inherently sustainable system that requires drastically fewer resources.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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