Tag Archives: Resiliency

New Orleans Unveils Resilience Strategy

On Aug. 25, New Orleans unveiled a new resilience strategy that calls for, among many actionable steps, the development of a comprehensive stormwater management program. The strategy, Resilient New Orleans, is a joint effort between the city and an organization called 100 Resilient Cities, which was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The strategy proposes 41 […]

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Nature Conservancy Report Reveals Value of Natural Infrastructure in Climate-proofing Cities

Predictions say that climate change will increase the severity and frequency of storms in many parts of North America. Buildings and urban infrastructure must adapt to this new climate reality. The traditional approach has been to build engineered structures such as seawalls, flood channels, and containment ponds. However, a new Nature Conservancy study makes a […]

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University-led Consortiums Receive Grants for Urban Sustainability Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) has granted 5-year, $12 million awards to three separate research networks to conduct integrated research on urban sustainability. One of the awards was given to the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners nationwide. UWIN addresses […]

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Registration Open for Great Water Cities: Collaborating for a Resilient Future

On July 21–22, experts will meet in New Orleans, La., to share perspectives and strategies for progressive, adaptable water management. Registration is open now for the next installment of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Great Water Cities series. Great Water Cities: Collaborating for a Resilient Future, organized with Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Sewerage […]

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Federal Agencies Launch Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

On April 21,The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships. Regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges, including sites in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and the Great Lakes have been selected to showcase climate resilience approaches. Building on existing […]

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NYC Releases Green Infrastructure Annual Report

In early May, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its 2014 Annual Report for the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. In 2014, DEP met or exceeded the expected green infrastructure performance rates for the three neighborhood demonstration areas, committed $36 million for green infrastructure construction as part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, […]

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Report Highlights Green Infrastructure Solutions that Improve Climate Resiliency

On May 5, Island Press and the National Wildlife Federation released a report, Weather We Don’t Recognize, which provides understandable, science-based explanations about how climatic conditions in the Midwest are changing. It also explores the effects climate change is anticipated to have on human and natural communities. With its accessible approach to the complex topic […]

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New Jersey Advances Resiliency and Flood Protection Projects

On April 8, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced a $202 million resiliency project in Union Beach, located along Raritan Bay, one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The massive flood-control project ― funded by federal, state, and local contributions ― will include construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates, and pump stations. […]

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HUD Releases Green Infrastructure Report Within New Online Library

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library. HUD awarded the first Sustainable Community Initiative Grant in 2010, and the library will showcase products from the 143 communities that have received the grant since then. This new online library catalogs dozens of local and regional […]

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UN Designates Hoboken a Resiliency Role Model

On March 3, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction designated Hoboken, N.J., a role model for the Making Cities Resilient campaign due to its flood risk management practices. These practices include plans to retain more than a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure. This makes Hoboken one of 45 cities worldwide […]

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