Conservation Tools Help Planners See Green
You'll learn about:
- How land trusts can work with communities to use conservation to help protect against coastal flood hazards
- How open space conservation can help a community earn open space credits to reduce local premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program, and;
- New tools to help identify areas that will reduce flood risks and earn the most open space credits
Incorporating land conservation tools and methods into community planning has proven to be an effective strategy for achieving multi-objective outcomes, such as flood risk reduction and enhanced recreation. But, did you know that communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) can leverage these same concepts to save their residents’ money? This session spotlights new tools to identify areas that reduce flood risk, ranging from simple web-based viewers to more advanced GIS-based tools. The tools can provide a road map for any community to strengthen its natural ecosystems and reduce vulnerability to floods, which can reduce their overall physical and economic risk from flooding. This session also raises awareness about how planners working in communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS), can help reduce flood insurance premiums.
, Baldwin Group - NOAA
Confirmed SpeakerSusan Fox, PMP, of The Baldwin Group, joined the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) (formerly the NOAA Coastal Services Center) in January 2005. Her current role as a Project Manager and Training Specialist includes coordinating the Digital Coast Partnership effort, serving as the liaison to the American Planning Association and the National States Geographic Information Council, leading the Coastal Community Planning and Development training, and coordinating updates to the Digital Coast Training Academy. Before coming to NOAA, Susan performed planning and development reviews, as well as the design and creation of a public access website for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
, The Nature Conservancy
Confirmed SpeakerZach Ferdaña is a Senior Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy. He leads Coastal Resilience and the Natural Solutions Toolkit programs in the U.S. and internationally, focused on ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation and resilience using nature-based solutions. Specifically, he manages the design and implementation of web mapping decision support tools and apps to promote the role of habitats and ecosystems in hazard mitigation, conservation and climate adaptation planning. This includes the oversight of projects in 17 U.S. coastal states, in sites across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, and emerging in Australia and Southeast Asia (http://maps.coastalresilience.org). The geospatial technology in the Natural Solutions Toolkit (http://naturalsolutionstoolkit.org) supports all five Nature Conservancy priority areas (oceans, climate, land, water, cities), where Zach provides strategic planning, spatial analysis, project management and geodesign expertise. He received his degree in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with concentration in Landscape Ecology and Marine Mammal Biology in 1994. He went on to earn an advanced technical degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Washington in 1998. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2000.
, Jim Schwab Consulting LLC
Confirmed SpeakerFrom 2008-2017, Jim Schwab managed APA’s Hazards Planning Center, but his direct engagement with natural hazards and disaster issues began in 1993. He managed an innovative project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. The report became a cornerstone in the planning profession in the development of an entire subfield devoted to hazard mitigation and disaster recovery. By 2014, with the publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation, accompanied by the creation of substantial online resources for the planning community, Jim brought the subject forward again. Jim managed several other major APA projects dealing with hazard mitigaiton and climate change adaptation. Jim left APA in 2017. Jim is currently the chair-elect of APA's Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division. He is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, a firm he created after leaving APA. He is also adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, an author working on a two-book series on the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods, and a public speaker, and maintains his own blog, "Home of the Brave," on his personal website, www.jimschwab.com.
, Coastal States Organization
Confirmed SpeakerBradley Watson is CSO’s Legal Counsel and Director of Coastal Resilience and also staffs the Beach and Inlet Management Work Group, the Coastal NPS Work Group, and the Adaptation Work Group. Spanning parts or all of four Congresses, Bradley worked for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under the late Chairman James L. Oberstar, as a member of the investigations team for the Senate Armed Services Committee under Senator Carl Levin, and as a senior legislative staffer for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Bradley is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and the evening program at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Bradley is a native of Prince Georges County, Maryland, is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland, and resides on Capitol Hill.