Poster: Innovations in Geographic Information System for Urban Resilience Planning
Greener, more livable cities bring economic development, new residents and businesses, recreation opportunities for a healthy and active population, a healthier living environment, and myriad other benefits. The Trust for Public Land is working with cities across the country to develop detailed GIS and planning strategies to demonstrate how strategic green space planning contributes to a resilient city and provides many critical benefits beyond recreation opportunities.
Learn how The Trust for Public Land is applying Geographic Information Systems technologies for multi-benefit green infrastructure aimed at the following resilience outcomes:
Connect: Link walk-bike corridors and public transit lines into integrated networks that provide residents with safe, accessible, and carbon-efficient transportation options.
Cool: Deploy shade trees and specially-designed features like green alleys to reduce the “heat island effect” that elevates urban air temperatures by as much as 5-7 seven degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night.
Absorb: Utilize wetlands, “water smart” parks, and other green infrastructure to recharge urban aquifers and naturally manage stormwater runoff with lower carbon emissions from treatment.
Protect: Create scientifically-sited and designed green buffers, such as waterfront parks and wetlands, to protect cities from sea level rise, coastal storms, and extreme rainfall events.
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, The Trust for Public Land
Invited SpeakerHolly Elwell, AICP, is the Senior Program Manager for The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities strategy, partnering with municipalities, academic institutions, federal entities, and others to increase communities’ resilience to climate impacts through the strategic location and design of parks, open space, and other types of green infrastructure. Holly holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Tufts University and has extensive experience working with communities on climate change adaptation planning and risk management.
, The Trust for Public Land
Confirmed SpeakerChris David is the Climate GIS Program Manager for The Trust for Public Land. In this role he leads GIS development of TPL’s Climate-Smart Cities projects nation-wide. In collaboration with the Climate Conservation Program and the GIS Team, he works with technical experts in partnership cities to implement GIS Decision Support Tools that help local and regional governments and NGOs identify and prioritize areas for multi-benefit green infrastructure investment. Chris also works with national thought leaders in climate science to translate cutting-edge research into spatial methods that inform both policy and project decision-making. Chris is a geographic information systems professional (GIS) and environmental planner with over 10 years of experience. His work has spanned from neighborhood-scale planning and development projects to large-scale regional environmental collaboration. Chris’s expertise is in GIS project design and management, complex modeling, and spatial planning and he’s applied those skills across government, research universities, and non-profits to deliver plans, tools, and educational materials that support decision-making. Chris’s professional interest is in the intersection between urban, suburban, and rural America and how the built and natural environments can survive and thrive in a changing climate. Before coming TPL, Chris worked for the District of Columbia Government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, and Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.