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Living with the Old, Building for the New: Resilient Buildings

Living with the Old, Building for the New: Resilient Buildings

Built Environment Track

This session provided best practices for local decision makers to identify risks to existing buildings from climate change and to plan for new construction in consideration of those risks. Building and zoning regulatory changes focused on resiliency, adaptation, and mitigation will be examined through the lens of case studies.

This session covered:

Smart growth, low impact development, and best planning and design practices to enhance building resilience

How the design of buildings that are core to community functions – healthcare, public safety, and key commercial buildings – are being designed differently to enhance resilience and provide for the changing climate

Practitioners’ recommendations about design for climate adaptation that should be incorporated into community and regional planning, overlay districts, and building codes
Consideration of enhancing protective measures in increasingly vulnerable areas versus relocating

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of resources and tools that can be used to conduct vulnerability assessments and designs and retrofits to foster resilience through assimilating or accommodating projected impacts.

Moderator: Rob Graff, Manager, Office of Energy and Climate Initiatives, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Speakers/Panelists:
Alex Wilson, President, Resilient Design Institute
Willa Kuh, Director of Planning Sustainability Practice, Affiliated Engineers, Inc (AEI)

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Upcoming Events

Sep06

Policy Advocacy: Climate Change

This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor.
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Oct02

Climate Impacts: Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning

Local and regional governments are leaders in climate change due to their unique position to make a wide range of decisions that can mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. Because they are on the frontline, many communities have conducted vulnerability assessments and engaged in adaptation planning. This module will enable participants to assess impacts to a business, community, or sector based on specific climate projections for a specific locale.
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Nov06

Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building

Collective actions at the societal level (civic or political action behaviors) include involvement and support of policies, plans, and funding for implementation of municipal projects that could increase local climate resilience. Community engagement with the issue of climate change typically is lacking at the local level. How individuals feel about climate change, how much they know about the issue, and how they act are all types of engagement that are needed for societal change.
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