Tag Archives: Resiliency

Delaware Governor Announces Clean Water Initiative

In Delaware, 377 water bodies are impaired, and 30 state waterways are not fishable. However, Gov. Jack Markell announced a plan March 4 to pay for stormwater, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure upgrades. The initiative, Clean Water for Delaware’s Future, would impose a “clean water fee” on residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. Over the [...]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small [...]

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European Union Launches Climate Resiliency Research Projects

In January, the European Union launched two research projects aimed at improving resiliency related to extreme weather. Coastal floods are among the most dangerous and harmful of all natural disasters, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Further, coastal flooding risks are increasing with rapid urbanization and climate change. Improved forecasting, prediction and early warning [...]

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Insured Losses in 2013 Highest in Canadian History

Canada’s insured loss totaled $3.2 billion (US$2.88 billion) in 2013, the highest in the country’s history, reports the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The losses of 2013 came after four consecutive years of natural disaster losses for the insurance industry that hit the $1 billion (US$900 million) mark. The largest insured disaster – and Canada’s [...]

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Massachusetts Invests $52 Million in Climate Resiliency Efforts

On Jan. 14, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced $50 million in funds to achieve climate change resiliency in the state’s energy resources, coastal regions and transportation infrastructure. The bulk of the funding will establish a $40 million municipal grant program that seeks to make energy infrastructure more resilient by using clean energy technology. The [...]

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Con Edison Improves Storm Resiliency of Energy Systems

Con Edison, the energy utility for metropolitan New York, is taking measures to make its systems more storm resistant under a rate-setting agreement with New York officials. The company will invest $1 billion over the next four years in storm and climate change protection measures while maintaining its commitment to greener communities. Con Edison is [...]

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USGS Receives Funding for Coastal Resiliency Projects

In late October, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) projects mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the rebuilding process received $22.4 million from the Department of the Interior (DOI). Combined with $18.8 million allocated by DOI in May, this is the largest amount ever received by USGS following a natural disaster. The funding was part [...]

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Department of the Interior Announces $100 Million in Coastal Resiliency Grants

On Oct. 29, the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will fund the research and restoration of natural areas along the Atlantic Coast for improved storm resiliency. The grant program will be administered through the National Fish [...]

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Sacramento Mayor Unveils Resiliency Road Map

On Sept. 23 at the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Leadership Speaker Series, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., outlined a blueprint for advancing resiliency in America as part of the Resilient Communities for America (RC4A) Campaign. The campaign, led by ICLEI USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, the National League of Cities, and the [...]

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Greater New Orleans Releases Urban Water Plan

On Sept. 6, Greater New Orleans, Inc., a regional economic development alliance, released their urban water plan. The goal is to reduce flooding and subsidence while increasing the quality of life for area residents through efficient and aesthetically pleasing designs. The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan was funded by a $2.5 million Community Development [...]

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