The CPO Sectoral Application Research Program (SARP), in partnership with the American Planning Association (APA), held two round tables with the goals of advancing efforts to improve use and delivery of climate information in municipal planning.
The round table held Washington, D.C. on March 9 convened 40 representatives from entities including the Department of Transportation, National Association of Counties, General Services Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Water Environment Research Foundation, FEMA, and EPA. The Chicago round table held on March 21 convened 30 representatives from regional groups such as the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Kresge Foundation, and the NOAA and CPO-supported Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments team.
SARP supports and collaborates with APA on the Water Resources Dashboard.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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