Global Green and Resiliency: Join Us This Saturday at EARTHx
This Saturday, April 21st, Global Green is co-hosting the Climate Resilient Cities Symposium at EARTHx in Dallas, TX with partners, National League of Cities, American Sustainable Business Council, We Are Still In, and C2ES.
Now is a critical moment for cities and communities. With the environmental disasters taking place in cities across the country from Santa Barbara, CA to Houston, TX to Santa Rosa, CA, city leaders and community stakeholders are beginning to recognize the vital need to think, plan, and act to improve their resilience in the face of future environmental disturbances. The Climate Resilient Cities Symposium will bring together 75 elected representatives, government officials, and business, foundation, and non-profit leaders to discuss how cities are being proactive in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
Why is this symposium important to Global Green? For over 20 years, Global Green has been a national leader in advancing urban sustainability to create more equitable, resilient, and healthy communities. In all of our projects, we have taken a localized approach to increasing an urban area’s sustainability and resilience to future climate issues, as demonstrated through the following examples of our work:
Global Green has a long legacy of modeling sustainable rebuilding communities devastated by natural disasters.
In the months following Hurricane Katrina, Global Green opened an office in New Orleans and made a commitment to provide New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with assistance rebuilding the area using sustainable, green building techniques. The Holy Cross Project, our cornerstone effort in the region consisting of five LEED-Platinum homes and a Climate Action Center in the Lower 9th Ward, has become a model for sustainability. It serves as a demonstration site at the neighborhood level where residents can see green building design and features in practice. Buildings within the Holy Cross project use 75% less energy than typical buildings. The single-family homes were completed in 2010, and Global Green is looking forward to the Climate Action Center opening later this year. Read more about our Climate Action Center here.
Global Green has applied its Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment tool and program in over 30 communities across the United States, including Sandy-devastated Hoboken, NJ and Staten Island, NY.
This Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment (SNA) tool and program provide a framework for sustainable community improvements, especially in areas that are disadvantaged or vulnerable to climate-related disasters. During the assessment process, Global Green team members work with the community to identify a neighborhood’s positive qualities and pressing challenges. Through the combination of a walking tour, consultation with community stakeholders and members of various city departments in meetings and public workshops, and application of the assessment tool, the team develops recommendations for both physical and policy changes to increase the sustainability of the neighborhood. Participating communities have leveraged Global Green’s technical assistance and final recommendations to secure an estimated $280 million to fund sustainable improvements. To read more about the SNA tool, read our report here
Following Superstorm Sandy, Global Green continued our legacy of resilient rebuilding, bringing our urban sustainability expertise to the New York area through our Solar for Sandy initiative.
This effort is dedicated to creating spaces where community members can take refuge during weather-related events. The spaces are called “Neighborhood Resilience Hubs,” which are spaces that are centrally located within - and identified as trusted spaces by - communities and designed to provide emergency light and cell phone charging during a crisis. Through this initiative, Global Green installed the first-ever solar with battery backup system in New York City at the Red Hook Recreation Center and aims to develop two more hubs in the area. Learn more about our Solar for Sandy initiative here.
As an area of emerging work, Global Green is currently researching best management practically nationally and globally for storm-water management and soil specifications and is seeking additional partners to build out this program and network.
This project falls within the broader area of organic waste and food waste management. Potential resilience applications include the use of micro-digesters as a resilient power source and the use of food donations as part of an overall food waste diversion program that can also serve as a needed network and “infrastructure” to assist during times of crisis. This is an emerging area and we welcome collaboration.
As these examples demonstrate, Global Green has a long legacy of supporting communities with improving resilience at the neighborhood level. As more cities and communities decide to look at strategies for improving their resilience, we will continue our efforts to help them develop and implement community-based plans and projects. We invite you to join us for the Climate Resilient Cities Symposium on April 21, 2018, which will identify innovative best practices and resources that help cities deploy ‘smart’ technologies, access federal funding programs/tax incentives, and develop planning methods. The goal is to help cities become more resilient and thrive in the face of a complex, uncertain, and ever-changing future.