This edition of On Common Ground explores how decision makers, developers and homeowners are taking action now to preserve the viability of their property and structures into the future. The articles that follow spotlight action at the local level, building resilience, efficient homes, and resilient economies, as well as the value of open space in absorbing the impacts of extreme weather and the embedded value of smart growth development as an inherently resilient style of development.
In This Issue
No matter where one lives in the United States, it is possible to discern changing patterns in weather and what it brings to each community.
Adaptation & resiliency planning kicks into high gear.
U.S. cities are planning for extreme weather events.
Builders and cities adapt projects and infrastructure in response to threats posed by extreme weather.
They're frequently and effectively collaborating on smart development including adaptive and resilient strategies.
But when they are left out of the adaptation planning process - the consequences can be disastrous.
Proponents say density can lessen environmental impacts of sprawl.
More new homes are being built to higher standards and existing homes are being upgraded both for efficiency and to protect against extreme weather.
Protecting Local Economics from Extreme Weather Impacts
Cities impacted by the Camp and Woolsey fires in California are just starting the rebuild process. Here's an update on how these communities are working on sustainable rebuilding.
Local engagement is where the climate battle will be won or lost.
Leading by example in Austin, Santa Barbara and Traverse City