New flood maps clarify the risk homeowners face

Read the full story from the University of Georgia.

Flooding in urban areas cost Americans more than $106 billion between 1960 and 2016, damaging property, disrupting businesses and claiming lives in the process. Determining which areas are most likely to flood amid ever-changing land use and shifting rainfall and climate patterns can be expensive and complicated – and past methods of drawing flood maps fail to capture the inherent uncertainty in flood predictions.

Now, new research from the University of Georgia outlines a simplified, cost-effective method for developing flood maps that reflects the uncertainty in flood predictions. Published in the journal Water, the study was led by engineering professor Brian Bledsoe, director of UGA’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), and Tim Stephens, a UGA and IRIS alumnus now with Dynamic Solutions LLC, an engineering, planning and research firm that specializes in water resources.

A grassroots coalition turns to solar and batteries to help New Orleans cope with disasters

Read the full story at Canary Media.

Community and faith groups are raising $13.8 million to build clean-powered ​“lighthouses” across Louisiana and boost post-hurricane grid resilience.

Webinar: Getting Decarb Done: A Guide for Business

Aug 4, 2022, noon CDT
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Companies face increasing pressure to dramatically reduce, report and account for how their operations impact society and the environment. Consumers and shareholders demand meaningful reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and resource consumption, while receiving the same high-quality, reliable service that turns a profit.

As believers in technologies, businesses know that they must evolve their operations to align with shared societal and environmental goals while protecting their bottom lines. Many are electrifying their fleets, as the largest contributor to GHG emissions in the U.S., and using tools to gain better insight about how their operations impact the communities they serve and the environment they share. These smart strategies help companies find funding resources, create efficiencies, and better predict and control energy and water costs and emissions.

This hour-long conversation helps companies accelerate progress toward sustainability targets and create long-term cost efficiencies and community benefit by understanding where and when to make operational investments.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Plan high impact transportation infrastructure projects that propel your sustainability and decarbonization goals.
  • Make the right investment at the right time and in the right place by evaluating investments through a comprehensive view of sustainability, economic impact, social justice and equity, emission impact, supply chain materials, and product impacts and costs.
  • Compare and design ideal projects and locations that align with overarching goals, achieve triple bottom line benefits, and embody sustainable design and engineering.

Moderator

  • Joel Makower, Co-Founder & Chairman, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Maryline Daviaud Lewett, Director, Business Development, Black & Veatch
  • JC Alonzo, Senior Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an infrastructure leader in transportation, telecommunications, power and water with decades of experience helping companies engineer and construct optimal systems with a focus on resilience and sustainability. Through first-of-a-kind projects with some of the world’s largest companies across transportation and logistics, finance, energy, and cloud services, Black & Veatch helps businesses reach operational goals and create an enduring sustainability framework.

If you can’t tune in live, please register and GreenBiz will email you a link to access the webcast recording and resources, available to you on-demand after the live webcast.

As federal climate-fighting tools are taken away, cities and states step up

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Across the country, local governments are accelerating their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in some cases bridging partisan divides. Their role will become increasingly important.

When it comes to climate resilience, gender matters

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

As the climate crisis continues to intensify, attention is turning not just to how we can mitigate and adapt to climate change but how to foster resilience among the communities most affected by it.

Planet FWD raises $10m to help CPG companies reduce their carbon footprints, develop eco-friendly products

Read the full story at Food Navigator USA.

With $10m in series A funding, the carbon assessment platform Planet FWD hopes to dramatically reduce the time it takes CPG companies to evaluate and neutralize their environmental impact while simultaneously speeding up their development of eco-friendly products that consumers want.

Four industrial emissions clusters partner to speed carbon emission reductions

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Four large industrial emissions centers or “clusters,” involving oil and gas extraction and processing, shipping, heavy-duty transportation, and chemicals, are working together with the World Economic Forum to reduce their carbon emissions faster through the “Transitioning Industrial Clusters towards Net Zero” initiative. The World Economic Forum is collaborating with Accenture and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for this.

The Turning Point: A Global Summary

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The Deloitte Economics Institute modeled region-level data from 15 geographies across Asia, Europe, and the Americas to estimate how much it could cost the global economy if we aren’t able to prevent global average temperatures from rising 3 degrees C by the end of the century.

Using scenario analysis from Deloitte’s Regional Climate Integrated Assessment Computable General Equilibrium Model (D.Climate), which demonstrates how climate impacts could affect economic output (GDP), employment, and industry, the researchers established a new economic baseline that incorporates the climate impacts described in IPCC reports. The team them compared this three degrees hotter world to a more hopeful scenario: a future in which the world makes a different choice — and changes.

To offset or inset? Carbon offset market insists it can provide ‘transparency and integrity’ as food firms look to supply chain solutions

Read the full story at Food Navigator USA.

Food companies are increasingly opting for insetting over offsetting their carbon emissions, it’s been claimed, as the voluntary carbon offset market continues to look to improve its credibility.

Solutions to the climate crisis will come from the multitudes

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Climate change is commonly discussed as a systemic problem, not an individual-level problem. But in our current system are very real, very powerful individuals with their hands on the controls, essentially turning the dials up or down on the levels of planet-warming greenhouse gases that are churning into our atmosphere every second. Utility commissioners empowered to approve yet another coal or gas plant or shut it down. American politicians emboldened to enact climate legislation or let it die. Corporate directors who with one vote can continue to pump funds into the fossil fuel industry or cut off its lifeline.

Climate change is not just a systemic problem, it’s also a leadership crisis.

But the climate solutions we have at our fingertips today come from and belong to the multitudes. They were born from farmers, builders, Indigenous knowledge holders, engineers, educators, foresters, healthcare workers and many more. And the multitudes will ultimately bring these solutions to scale. Here’s how.