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Green Infrastructure: A Blueprint for Climate Resilient Communities - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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On March 4, 2019, experts from ASLA’s interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience presented their report, Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, during a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. The report outlines a bold vision for 21st century green infrastructure investment to create healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities from coast to coast. It is a blueprint for securing a sustainable and resilient future through design and planning approaches as well as specific public policy recommendations.

Though we are all vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, some groups are disproportionately affected. Climate-related health challenges are an environmental justice issue because certain communities that already experience multiple environmental health burdens are also disproportionately affected by climate change. Our challenge is to put these recommended planning approaches and public policies into practice as standard operating procedure for communities of all sizes and for all types of development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how green infrastructure uses trees, plants, and permeable hard surfaces to capture and filter stormwater to reduce pollution run-off, mitigate the urban heat-island effect, and provide community amenities and assets.
  • Illustrate how utilizing natural systems and integrating green infrastructure into the built environment can be the most cost effective solution for meeting multiple public policy objectives.
  • Discuss how to address environmental justice and racial and society equity issues that impact climate vulnerable communities.

Download ASLA's Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report.

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6/5/19 1:26 pm

Very interesting with great examples.

4/20/20 2:49 am

I feel this was a very insightful webinar on preparing ourselves to think before we create! I say, to do this before creating our plans for, landscape or green infrastructures. In a sense of getting to know your community involved in the project at hand to be able to provide intuitive knowledge on something that is acclimated to the communities' needs interests and the main focus of there neighborhood! Community involvement and making them feel valued and acknowledged will create revenue and spark new ideas of growth and preventative measures on upcoming climate changes. Climate change is inevitable but we as humans are made to evolve or adapt to our surroundings. Shoot my friend Jeremy says, "Evolve or die"lol kinda ruff but absolutely true!might as well make our green infrastructures to your liking and benefit. One other thing that really caught my attention. It was that racial issues are still an arising problem in certain areas! This is why we must be aware of our communities' preferences, & political accessibility that they are accustomed to dealing with, build a repore and use the insight as to the basis for the structure or layout of a project we can create n incorporate our own garden. Knowledge of educating communities as well

10/26/20 2:15 pm

20:55 -- Landscape architect's trying to exhibit to the public the consequences of sea level rise and then being muzzled by big money interests through the mayor's office. Not a good thing. The public needs to face reality -- what good is investment in development if they don't know what the risks are? Why not take those risks and use them to encourage investment in green energy, reduced-sprawl development, and coastal wetland restoration? However, if the big business interests don't truly see these opportunities because a politician doesn't like the optics then we are all in a bad bad situation.

9/5/21 3:45 pm

Excellent presentation and discussion.