CA07 - Resilience Session 2: Lessons Learned: Puerto Rico Sustainable Recovery After Hurricane Maria

Tuesday, November 13 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 181AB « Back

Abstract Text:

The decimating 2017 Hurricane Season revealed a regrettably vulnerable Puerto Rico in every sense, positioned way too far from true resiliency and sustainable development. Preparedness was not enough. Policy came short. Infrastructure failed beyond the unthinkable. Government response was baffling; bureaucracy obstructed. And a complicated dynamic of aid and merchandise distributions exacerbated the situation – all while a complex humanitarian crisis came to be. This panel intends to discuss the contrast between two of the most important characters in the aftermath of Hurricane María: Governmental Framework vs. Communitarian Groundwork. The session will explore Puerto Rico’s vulnerabilities and realities after Hurricane Maria, to stimulate disaster-inspired design initiatives, and affordable, clean-energy and water solutions, beyond LEED. Note: This session is part of the Resilience track within CAHS. You are encouraged to select the other sessions within this track, though it is not required.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to review a real-world example of the unpredictability of natural disasters and identify innovative strategies for accomplishing true resiliency.

Participants will be able to explore the complex differences between local and national sustainability/resiliency encouragements and their achievement indicators.

Upon completion, participants will be able to identify constructive politicization efforts and community engagement opportunities regarding sustainability and resiliency.

Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the effects of climate change, in light of the importance of affordable, clean energy and water solutions, beyond LEED.

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Event Type: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit > Session