F06 - Climate Ready Dc: Creating a City-wide Resilience Plan

Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM | 258A « Back

Abstract Text:

Cites are the front line of climate change. Planning for the varied impacts of climate change at a city scale can be a monumental task. This session will explore the multi-step process a major urban city completed to create a community-wide climate adaptation plan.  In 2013 Washington, DC set out to determine the most relevant climate risks to the city, how those risks impacted the city’s infrastructure,resources and residents, and how the city could better prepare for the changes in temperature, precipitation, and coastal evolution.  Using short and long term timeframes, the DC Department of Energy & the Environment worked with a team of scientific & design experts to map out where the greatest impacts would occur throughout the city and what actions would push the city forward in planning for the anticipated changes.  The process, which involved climate scientists as well as architects and urban planners, can serve as a model for cities around the world as they look to ensure the vitality of their populations and economies.  The Climate Ready DC plan was released in November 2016.  This session will also take a look at the first year of the plan since the official launch. 

Learning Objectives:

conduct a risk assessment for a city, campus, or project to determine the specific climate risks for a location.

define the vulnerabilities for a project based on climate risks specific to the location, and prioritize vulnerabilities based on impact to the local population.

describe the categories of action items relevant to a climate change preparation plan that directly relate to the most specific risks and vulnerabilities of a location.

use a climate action plan as a tool for future development and design at the project and community levels.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Education Sessions > Session