S7: Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
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This session presents sustainability and resilience from three different but complementary perspectives, demonstrating how emerging best practices from several different disciplines and fields are converging to identify common objectives and often improve the ability to implement worthwhile projects through multiple funding streams. • Hazard Mitigation Planning provides the long range perspective on disaster planning. While it may have historically been a “check the box” exercise, evolving priorities and best practices in mitigation planning demonstrate how communities can foster and support sustainable and resilient communities. • In recent years, we have placed great emphasis on smart growth initiatives. With the influx of natural hazards including the most recent SuperStorm Sandy that left much of the Mid-Atlantic reeling, and the fact that both Delaware and Maryland have long stretches of low-lying coastlines that are vulnerable to rising seas, it is imperative we focus on turning ‘Smart Growth’ initiatives into ‘Safe Growth’ policies. Our second speaker provides suggestions as to how to accomplish this. • Communities and regions across the country have been working (some for decades, and in diverse organizational frameworks) to prepare themselves for disasters and emergencies. Successful efforts exhibit some common principles that lead to resilience; many find that mindful preparations for everyday events can help in planning for disasters and vice versa. This section presents key principles and successful examples of cross-disciplinary, multipurpose planning from “Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies and Significant Events”.