Conservation Tools Help Planners See Green

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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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.

Speakers

Susan Fox , Baldwin Group - NOAA , Charleston , SC (see bio)
Zach Ferdana , The Nature Conservancy , Seattle , WA (see bio)
James Schwab , FAICP , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Bradley Watson , Coastal States Organization , Washington , DC (see bio)