Policy Snapshot: Understanding the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier this week I posted about to what extent the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement matters. I wrote a separate blog post over at HARC, a sustainability focused research institute in The Woodland, TX.   Here is an excerpt...   On Thursday, June 1st, President Trump and his Administration withdrew the United States from the…

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Regardless of the GOP’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement…TX decarbonizes

Regardless of what the GOP is trying to do at the federal level to bring back coal and roll back the Paris Agreement, one of the reddest states in the country will continue to decarbonize. (a short list of things that are happening) Wind continues to be the fastest growing generation resource... Currently Wind Generation…

Overcoming the Barriers to Implementing Resilience Standards

  A few days ago, I started off a discussion on Resilience Design Standards and why they may be an important standard for both new and existing buildings to start considering. These standards are expected to help prepare buildings and infrastructure for natural disaster and man-made disaster. Discussion on resilience standards has been going on…

Resilience Design Standards – Another Option for Climate Adaptation

In the last few years, real estate property owners have started taking a closer look climate vulnerability of their properties and the cities where they conduct business. Grosvenor, one of the largest privately owned property business was curious enough to conduct their own study, titled "Grosvenor Report: Resilient Cities." This study assesses the climate vulnerability and…

Paying for More Resilient Infrastructure: Some Options Exist

  Local and state governments are quickly falling behind maintaining its critical infrastructure. Just check out the American Society of Civil Engineer's Infrastructure Report Card to see how US infrastructure is not making the grade. One trillion dollars is needed in the next few years just to bring water infrastructure up to standards and meet…

Funding Resilient Infrastructure: What are the Options?

I recently wrote a post on the double climate risk that the Texas Gulf Coast faces regarding climate change. One of the primary concerns is the lack of local funds that are available to maintain existing infrastructure, much less develop more adaptive infrastructure. However, there are a variety of options for the Gulf Coast to consider…

The Adaptation Disconnect: Evidence and Action

An article in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, provided a great example of the current issues that are hampering cities' climate adaptation planning. I discussed this issue in an earlier blog post about the adaptation gap. The adaptation gap is the difference between adaptation efforts and adaptation need. This gap is largely a result of uncertainty by key…