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 the Lead Coastal Resilience Manager of The Nature Conservancy. He supports U.S. and international projects in ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation and resilience using nature-based solutions. He manages the design and implementation of online decision support tools and apps to promote the role of coastal habitats in hazard mitigation, restoration and resilience planning. This includes the oversight of projects in 17 U.S. coastal states, four countries in Latin America, and in three island nations in the Caribbean. There are also U.S. nationwide and global projects that together form the Coastal Resilience network (http://maps.coastalresilience.org). As part of the Conservancy’s Global Oceans team, Zach provides planning, spatial analysis, project management and geodesign expertise to the organizations’ Climate Risk and Resilience strategy.
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Schwab joined the American Planning Association in November 1985. Originally the assistant editor of Planning, APA's monthly magazine, he joined APA’s research department in August 1990. He serves as the co-editor of a monthly publication, Zoning Practice. He is the Manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center in the Chicago office. Mr. Schwab is currently managing two FEMA-funded projects for the Hazards Planning Center. One is the Planning Information Exchange, a series of peer-exchange webinars on hazard mitigation planning, which involves the Association of State Floodplain Managers as a partner organization. The second began in October 2015, Innovations in Planning and Public Engagement for Local Resilience, and involves University of California-San Diego, Placeways LLC, and National Charrette Institute as partners. He is also currently involved in two NOAA-funded projects. One is nationally focused with the Association of State Floodplain Managers as the lead partner; it aims to help communities incorporate climate data into capital improvements planning. The other is led by APA, with Jim as the project manager, and is focused on the Great Lakes, with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the University of Illinois as partners; its purpose is to work with pilot communities in metropolitan Chicago on incorporating climate data into comprehensive plans and capital improvements programs. Both started in 2016. Mr. Schwab was the project manager for “Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation,” an ambitious effort funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to completely rewrite Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment (1998), which APA produced under a cooperative agreement with FEMA. This effort included substantial multimedia web tools including the Recovery News blog and a series of briefing papers. Mr. Schwab was also project manager and general editor for the FEMA-funded APA Planning Advisory Report, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, released in May 2010. He was the general editor and project manager for Planning for Drought, a PAS Report released in January 2014 and produced under a subcontract with the University of Nebraska’s National Drought Mitigation Center. Under an APA subcontract with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, he has also been involved in a project providing training and online resources to communities affected by Great Lakes coastal hazards. In 2016, APA also published Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, a PAS Report project he led with ASFPM as the major partner. Mr. Schwab was the sole author of two PAS Reports in the 1990s, Industrial Performance Standards for a New Century and Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. He served as the project manager for a FEMA-supported project in which APA has developed training for planners on the planning provisions of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and for the Firewise Communities Post-Workshop Assessment. With Stuart Meck, he co-authored the 2005 PAS Report, Planning for Wildfires. He was also the principal investigator and primary author of Tribal Transportation Programs, produced for the Transportation Research Board. He was the project manager and general editor for the PAS Report, Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development, released in January 2009, and led the subsequent development of a training workshop based on that report, with a matching grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Finally, Mr. Schwab is APA’s lead representative for its partnership with NOAA’s Digital Coast. Mr. Schwab has worked overseas several times on hazard-related planning: in the Dominican Republic overseeing site planning training in 2001, in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean tsunami, speaking at a disaster recovery conference in Taiwan in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Engineering in New Zealand in 2008, and speaking in May 2013 at a European Union conference on cities and climate change in Venice, Italy. Mr. Schwab is also the author of two books. The first, Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out, was published in 1988 by the University of Illinois Press. It is an oral history of the farm crisis that affected the Midwest during the 1980s. The second, Deeper Shades of Green: The Rise of Blue-Collar and Minority Environmentalism in America, was released by Sierra Club Books in the fall of 1994. He is presently developing plans for a two-book series about the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods.
, 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.