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LEED Pilot Credits on Resilient Design Adopted! | Resilient Design Institute. Seaside Heights, New Jersey on October 31, 2012, following Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Mike Groll, AP I am thrilled to report that the suite of three LEED pilot credits on resilient design, which the Resilient Design Institute has spearheaded, were approved yesterday by the LEED Steering Committee. This follows approval of the credits last week by the LEED Pilot Credit Committee. RDI has been promoting such credits since January, 2013 and then led their development since September, 2014 with an active committee of practitioners facilitated by me and Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, a member of the RDI Advisory Board. Other key participants in the credit-development process are listed at the end of this article.

Overview of the credits There are three credits in the new LEED pilot credits on resilient design. The three pilot credits are described in greater detail below: A schematic showing the basic structure of the three pilot credits. Credit IPpc98 – Assessment and Planning for Resilience Flooding. Recent Extreme Events. #WaWILDFIRES. Resilience & Disaster Preparedness. Learning resilience from Peru’s ancient civilisations. As the UN’s COP 20 climate negotiations in Lima slowly progressed last year, I went on a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a valley close to Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I wanted to see how climate change is already affecting the Peruvian Andes and how researchers are working to evaluate the effects of climate change and help locals who are adapting to them.

My first stop was Moray, an archaeological site that lies about 3,500 metres above sea level. Moray hosts what may have been an agricultural research centre in the age of the Incas. Scientists believe that the area of concentric terraces was used by farmers to experiment with growing different species of wild plants at different heights. The snow-capped mountain of Chicon in southern Peru can be seen clearly from the hills surrounding Moray. The region of Cusco has 508 square kilometres of glaciers, the largest area of any Peruvian region.

Introducing biochar. States, Cities Brace for Global Warming Fallout. A cyclist and vehicles negotiate heavily flooded Miami streets last September during heavy rains and high tides, illustrating the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. Florida is among several states and communities that have begun to address the concrete effects of global warming. (AP) SAN FRANCISCO – Eroding beaches and the seawater that laps onto the Embarcadero waterfront during high tide—not to mention severe storm flooding—were sending a clear message to a city surrounded by water on three sides. San Francisco responded in September, when its Capital Planning Committee decreed that in all future construction projects, city and county agencies, including low-lying San Francisco International Airport, must acknowledge the rising sea level and come up with plans to adapt. The sea level around San Francisco rose nearly 8 inches during the last century, and it is projected to rise by as much as 55 additional inches by 2100.

Varying Measures A Long Way to Go. Is “resilience” the new sustainababble? Suddenly, “resilience” is everywhere. It’s the subject of serious books and breezy news articles, of high-minded initiatives and of many, many conferences. After Superstorm Sandy, it was triumphantly plastered on city buses, declaring New Jersey “A State of Resilience.”

What’s going on? Does all this talk about resilience mean that we’ve basically given up on averting climate change and other environmental catastrophes — and that our only hope is to roll with the punches? Have we leapfrogged over denial, anger, and bargaining, landing squarely in acceptance? Not necessarily. Resilience, like sustainability before it, is an idea with potentially transformative power. A truly resilient city would look very different from those we now inhabit — in ways that would make Grist readers proud. Or at least that’s what resilience should mean. Now the co-opters are hard at work on “resilience.” So, is resilience the new sustainababble? What You Can Learn from Seattle's Approach to Building Resiliency.

If there were still any doubt, recent studies have made clear that climate change already has begun to have serious impacts in the United States -- and that the problem is only getting worse. The federal government's National Climate Assessment issued in May laid out in stark detail the region-by-region effects: water shortages, sea-level rise and more frequent wildfires, to name a few.

At the same time, U.S. cities lag behind those of the rest of the world in planning for climate change. A recent survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability found that, globally, "the U.S. has the lowest percentage of cities engaged in [climate change] assessments and planning. " Of those American cities that have begun the process, most are in the early stages.

Planning for climate change requires local governments to seriously "engage the science," Fleming says. SPU's adaptation and resiliency planning is ongoing. Virginia Mason Invited to White House for Talks on Climate-Readiness in Health Care. SEATTLE – (Dec. 15, 2014) – A Virginia Mason representative will participate in a roundtable discussion today at The White House in Washington. D.C, exploring ways U.S. hospitals and health systems can prepare for the effects of global climate changes. At the meeting, Brenna Davis, director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason, will join officials from about a dozen other health care organizations considered innovators for making environmental safeguards and climate-readiness a priority.

“Our organization is honored to take part in this conversation about one of the most important issues of our time,” Davis said. The roundtable discussion at the White House, hosted by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burrell, will be underway from 10 until 11 a.m. Pacific time. As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. About Virginia Mason Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest.

Beijing's “Airpocalypse” Offers Dismal View of Life in Megacities. Neoconservatives and others of similar bent would have us believe that unregulated, ‘laissez-faire’ capitalism, ‘free’ market economics and the relentless pursuit of economic growth are the best means of enhancing overall quality of life for the world’s 7-plus billion people. Others note that every system has, and needs, governing rules and that given the authority by their populaces, governments need to provide an essential counterbalance to unbridled greed and the pursuit of monetary and material wealth by individuals and organizations.

Aiming to move beyond GDP as a measure of a society’s overall economic performance, the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) factors social and natural, as well as produced, capital into the equation. Results of the second biennial Inclusive Wealth Report revealed stark differences in 140 nations’ economic performance over the decade to 2012 as measured by GDP and the IWI. Beijing’s “airpocalypse” A bitter irony *Image credits: 1) NRDC; 2) NASA Earth Observatory. Mount Rainier: Case study of a changing Earth | Northwest News. How Los Angeles plans to survive the Big One. USGS seismologist Lucy Jones during a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., on March 17, 2014.

(Nick … Everyone knows that a really big earthquake is going to hit Los Angeles sooner or later. L.A. is as little as 35 miles from the San Andreas Fault, which isn’t just the longest fault in California — it’s the longest in the Lower 48. Historically, the average amount of time between quakes on the most dangerous part of the southern San Andreas is 100 to 150 years. The last one ripped through L.A. more than 300 years ago. There’s a reason, in other words, why the City of Angels was recently ranked the most vulnerable metropolis in the world outside of Asia.

But knowing that L.A. is overdue for a Big One and understanding what a Big One would actually do to L.A. are two different things — and that difference was on vivid display at City Hall Tuesday morning, where Mayor Eric Garcetti was releasing a report with the buzzwordy title “Resilience by Design.” “Sixteen hundred!” "60 Minutes" investigates risky infrastructure - Videos.

Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Recommendations. Rhys Roth podcast "Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions" KEXP - Mind Over Matters Sustainability Segments. KEXP offers full-song podcasts and DJ-curated mixes featuring an eclectic variety of artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, plus full-session live performances recorded in the KEXP studios and during our remote broadcasts.

KEXP is the first radio station in the U.S. to offer music podcasts of this scope. Currently we have 5 podcasts you can subscribe to: Song of the Day - new music from independent artists delivered daily Music That Matters - featuring the world's best independent artists delivered bi-weekly Live Performances - exclusive live sessions from KEXP delivered weekly Video of the Week - featuring exclusive in-studio video performances delivered weekly Sonarchy Radio - featuring experimental Northwest artists Mind Over Matters Sustainability Segment - public affairs Podcasting FAQ This week's songs include: Next week's songs include: Previous episodes...

Subscribe to this podcast: Current podcast: Tracklist: 1. Current podcasts: 1. 1. Previous episodes... Rockefeller Foundation supports $1 billion national disaster resilience competition. WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting the "National Disaster Resilience Competition Summit" on November 18th in Washington, DC to help eligible jurisdictions prepare for the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

As part of the Foundation's global effort to help communities everywhere build resilience to chronic shocks and acute stresses, so that they are prepared for whatever comes their way, the National Disaster Resilience Competition Summit represents a unique opportunity for senior representative from each of the 67 eligible jurisdictions to engage with cabinet-level officials and leading experts in resilience to shape their NDRC strategy and projects, and inform their overall resilience planning efforts.

"The most resilient communities are those that are best at preparing for the worst," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. Opening remarks from Dr. SOURCE The Rockefeller Foundation. STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Report. WASHINGTON (November 17, 2014) — Today, the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a report on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.

The Task Force, which is composed of 26 mayors, governors, tribal leaders, and other local officials, was established a year ago by President Obama to support the U.S. Climate Action Plan. Specific recommendations to the federal government include incorporating climate resilience into its investments, operations and programs; support climate-smart hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness and recovery efforts; and maximize opportunities that have dual-benefits of increasing community resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Below is a statement from Christina DeConcini, Director of Government Affairs at World Resources Institute: “A lot can be learned from the strong local leadership exemplified by the members of the Task Force. Report: Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions | The Evergreen State College. Take Winter by Storm - Seattle Times. Originally published October 13, 2014 at 6:01 AM | Page modified October 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM It took just a few minutes of pulling a garden rake through a mess of soggy leaves at a Magnolia intersection for me to gain a renewed appreciation of this basic fact: Wet leaves are heavier than dry ones.

“It’s a lot easier to do this when they’re still dry,” said Ingrid Goodwin, a spokeswoman for Seattle Public Utilities. Goodwin and I, both in rubber boots, had taken turns raking leaves away from a clogged street drain in the shadow of a stately maple tree. It was pure publicity stunt. The leaves, the water and even some wet newspaper to block the street drain had been put there for our benefit. But even though the flood was fudged, the message is genuine: It’s time to “Take Winter By Storm,” as an annual campaign encourages Puget Sound residents to get ready for drenching rains, whipping winds, snow, sleet, ice, floods, mudslides and freezing temperatures. Lessons for climate change in the 2008 recession. Photo THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do. We’re making the same mistake today with . This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore. We need to act now, even though there is much disagreement, including from members of my own Republican Party, on how to address this issue while remaining economically competitive. The solution can be a fundamentally conservative one that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response.

It’s true that the United States can’t solve this problem alone. We are building up excesses (debt in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions that are trapping heat now). This is short-termism. Tim Egan - wildfires and climate change. Former Sec. Paulson calls climate change 'biggest risk of our time' There are no easy solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change, but ending fuel subsidies and taxing carbon could be the first steps, Former Treasury Sec.

Henry Paulson Jr. said Friday in Portland. And if that were an easy sell to make anywhere, it should be Oregon, he told a crowd of community, business and political leaders at a talk hosted Friday by the Portland City Club. Paulson, who was in office when the economy collapsed in 2008, said he now considers climate change the biggest risk of our time. Paulson co-chairs the Risky Business Project, a nonpartisan business group focused on the issue. His remarks in Portland focused on a recent report from the group that addresses the economic impacts of climate change. But Paulson wasn't only in town for the speech. The Oregonian sat down with Paulson before both events for a brief conversation about the report. His comments have been edited for length and clarity. Why is this so important from a business perspective? --Molly Young. Military not waiting on politics to plan for climate change challenges.

According to a report prepared for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, rising global temperatures pose an increasing threat to peace and security in the world. Potential for violent conflict could increase, expanding the responsibilities of the defense sector. Graphic source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Graphic by Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — As Congress remains gridlocked on more than 200 bills related to climate change, U.S.

Pacific Command is forging strategies with partner nations in the region to mitigate the security effects of global warming. “You can’t deny the fact that there are military consequences going on as a result of storms,” said Brig. “Seventy percent of the bad storms that happen in the world are in the Pacific,” he said.

PACOM’s role in all this is to build resilience in such countries, McLeod said. A “cascade” could also be geopolitical. McLeod cited a couple of examples. “So the U.S. Olson.wyatt@stripes.com. The Age of Sustainable Development - Jeffery Sacks. Economic Analysis of Climate Change. Changing the Culture of Problem Solving: 3 key lessons learned.

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