A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

Read the full story in CityLab.

Ninety-six percent of the country’s population lives in counties where federally declared weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Federal programs help mitigate these scenarios: EPA programs study climate change and issue guidelines about combating global warming; FEMA provides disaster assistance to mitigate these effects. But under Trump’s budget plan, these programs stand to lose their funding.

Ninety-six percent of the country’s population lives in counties where federally declared weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Federal programs help mitigate these scenarios: EPA programs study climate change and issue guidelines about combating global warming; FEMA provides disaster assistance to mitigate these effects. But under Trump’s budget plan, these programs stand to lose their funding.

Webinar: Water Security and Resiliency

Tue, Apr 25, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/287664509489298691

Presentation 1: Resiliency Framework and the Route to Resilience Tool (Presented by Jeffrey F. Fencil, EPA’s Office of Water). Maintaining and repairing aging drinking water infrastructure remains a significant challenge for the water sector. Utilities must be able to increase their readiness and resilience to potential all-hazard incidents, and adapt to future hazards that may impact their ability to provide safe and clean drinking water. The Resiliency Framework defines what it means to be a resilient drinking water/wastewater utility and provides a greater sense of cohesion among EPA’s water security products and services. The Route to Resilience (RtoR) Tool, features the framework and is specifically designed to help small- and medium-sized drinking water and wastewater utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all-hazards, such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and contamination incidents. This presentation will introduce the framework and provide an overview of the RtoR Tool.

Presentation 2: Using Hydraulic Modeling to Assess Resilience of Drinking Water Systems to Natural Disasters and Other Hazards (Presented by Dr. Regan Murray, EPA’s Office of Research and Development). Drinking water systems are subject to floods, power outages, extreme winter storms, contamination incidents and other hazards that can disrupt service to customers and damage critical infrastructure. This presentation will demonstrate a new hydraulic modeling tool—the Water Network Tool for Resilience (WNTR)—that will be available to the public later this year. WNTR will help water utilities investigate the resilience of their water systems to a wide range of hazardous scenarios and evaluate emergency response actions and long term resilience‐enhancing strategies. The software estimates potential damages from disaster scenarios; predicts how damage to infrastructure would occur over time; evaluates preparedness strategies; prioritizes response actions; and identifies worse case scenarios, efficient repair strategies, and best practices for maintenance and operations. An application to a small system will be presented.

Archives of previous webinars in the series are available here.

Climate Adaptation Gap Assessment

Model Forest Policy Program has launched a new 5-Step Climate Adaptation Gap Assessment. It is designed to help communities achieve the following:

  • Identify community strengths and assets for climate resilience opportunities.
  • Identify areas of greatest need, and gaps in knowledge and capacity.
  • Create focused guidance for a climate resilience agenda for your community.
  • Obtain recommendations for climate adaptation actions (planning &/or implementation).

Webinar: Tools for Building More Resilient Communities with Solar+Storage

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3311546884826104578

Could your community benefit from clean, reliable power? In this webinar, Clean Energy Group will reintroduce the concept of building more resilient communities through the deployment of solar PV combined with battery storage (solar+storage). In addition to an overview of what resilient power is and the benefits that solar+storage can bring to a community, project director Seth Mullendore and senior finance director Rob Sanders will introduce Clean Energy Group’s new Resilient Power Toolkits. These community services and affordable housing toolkits are designed to make information on resilient power easily accessible for organizations interested increasing resiliency, reducing energy costs, and improving public health through clean energy technologies. The Resilient Power Toolkits are available at: http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-projects/resilient-power-project/toolkits

This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at www.resilient-power.org

Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

Read the full story from the University of Washington.

“Resilience” is a buzzword often used in scientific literature to describe how animals, plants and landscapes can persist under climate change. It’s typically considered a good quality, suggesting that those with resilience can withstand or adapt as the climate continues to change.

But when it comes to actually figuring out what makes a species or an entire ecosystem resilient ? and how to promote that through restoration or management ? there is a lack of consensus in the scientific community.

A new paper by the University of Washington and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center aims to provide clarity among scientists, resource managers and planners on what ecological resilience means and how it can be achieved. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine the topic in the context of ecological restoration and identify ways that resilience can be measured and achieved at different scales.

Innovative ‘Agrihood’ Project Helping to Feed, Revitalize Detroit

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Community initiatives constitute a crucial component of the transformation taking place in Detroit, which has seen its fair share of difficulties following deindustrialization. And the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is one of them. The all-volunteer non-profit based in Detroit’s North End neighborhood is using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability and community in an effort to empower urban communities, address the social problems facing Detroit and develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities.

MUFI’s primary focus has been on the development of a two-square-block area in Detroit’s North End, which is being positioned as an epicenter of urban agriculture. The space is heavily themed by “adaptive reuse of the built environment,” in which it hopes to demonstrate everything from best practices for sustainable urban agriculture and effective strategies for increasing food security to cost-competitive and scalable models for blight deconstruction and innovation in blue and green infrastructure.

The non-profit recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help convert a vacant three-story apartment complex into a 3,200-square-foot community resource center with gathering space for education programs and training opportunities, as well as two commercial kitchens and a healthy food café. MUFI’s campus currently includes a 2-acre urban garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, a sensory garden and a water-harvesting cistern. Over the past four growing seasons, the project has provided more than 50,000 lbs. of mostly free produce to more than 2,000 local households, food pantries, churches and businesses in the area.

The World’s First Mall for Recycled Goods

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Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden.

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of its kind in Sweden, and as far as they know, the first in the world.