Climate Change Adaptation Facilities Best Practices
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Climate Change Adaptation: Facilities Best Practices Matt Rose Climate Friendly Parks Workshop October 26, 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Best Practice # 1 - Underwater Meetings! Presentation Outline • Key Terms • Info on Park Service Guidance on Facilities Adaptation • Facilities Best Practices • Recommended Sites for Further Information Key Terms • Mitigation – The reduction greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. • Adaptation – The range of adjustments and actions taken to deal with the potential or experienced impacts of climate change. • The need for adaptation planning and strategies - Oakland Airport with 1.25 m sea level rise – 2030.org Park Service & Climate Change Adaptation • Currently developing guidance as part of the NPS Climate Change Response Strategy • Adaptation section will cover facilities, planning, cultural resources & natural resources Facilities Best Practices • Pursue actions that will promote decision support – Example: Filling current information gaps (facilities and utilities GIS location, asset value, elevation data, etc.) • Build interdisciplinary networks & share information related to climate change – DOI Regional Climate Change Response Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives described in Sec. Order 3289 Facilities Best Practices • Integrate probable impacts into facilities planning, design, renovations and management to promote resiliency in park infrastructure – Example: Limiting the development footprint in vulnerable habitats or areas susceptible to high intensity flooding – Example: Elevating structures, mechanical & electrical components in areas vulnerable to flooding Elevated House designed for Make It Right Foundation’s reconstruction in Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans Facilities Best Practices • Pursue ‘no regrets’ adaptation actions that are beneficial regardless of climate effects, which are difficult to predict Examples of ‘no regrets‘ actions – Address Urban Heat Islands through building design and landscaping – Reducing energy and water consumption in facilities – Specify materials that can survive flooding in flood prone and coastal areas Websites for Further Information • Facility Management Climate Friendly Parks Program Webpage on Inside NPS (PWR) - http://inside.nps.gov/regions/region.cfm?rgn=1597&lv=3 • California Climate Change Portal - http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/ • USAID Climate Change - http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/environment/climate/index.html • NOAA Coastal Climate Change Adaptation - http://community.csc.noaa.gov/climateadaptation/ • Pacific Institute – • http://www.pacinst.org/ QUESTIONS?