Resiliency and Environmental Justice

You'll learn about:

  • Effective strategies to help  mitigate the impacts of extreme weather for vulnerable populations

  • Federal strategies to address resiliency from DOT, EPA, NOAA, and HUD

  • How to identify and effectively utilize sustainability resources to assist  vulnerable populations with disaster preparedness , disaster response, and disaster response

  • Local Strategies and approaches to create and maintain  resiliency  in overburdened communities of color.

Rising sea levels threaten coastal American cities from New York to California. Estimated rises in sea level could reach as much as 6 feet between now and the year 2100. Even before then, tropical storms and nor’easters could inundate urban areas with major storm surges. Hurricane Sandy’s 2012 knockout punch to the New Jersey and New York coastlines was just a preview of what is likely to occur more often as the planet continues to warm up. The flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was another example. Communities of color are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts because many of them occupy low-lying, flood-prone land.

Close to half a million people in metro areas of New York City were flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Future storm surges could impact many more city residents, many of whom are citizens of color. Unfortunately, the public discourse on community sustainability and resilience tends to ignore the special vulnerabilities of communities of color.

This facilitated discussion will focus on linking sustainability and resilience with social equity and how to help reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events. Planners and others will help spur coureageous conversations on equitable sustainability concerns facing communities of color in flood-prone areas.