Showcasing Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation: Experiences from the Water Sector to Empower Other Sectors and Communities
An Eight-Part Webinar Series Hosted by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Adaptation Sciences Program (AdSci), Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  |  November 2021 - February 2022

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Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. This webinar series, sponsored jointly by NOAA’s Adaptation Sciences Program, WUCA, WRF, and EPA, will explore practical lessons and leading practices focused on steps to mainstreaming climate science and adaptation considerations into building for climate resilience. Having worked on climate adaptation for over a decade, water utilities have learned many lessons and developed approaches to share with peer sectors seeking to learn and take steps to adapt now. Expanding the exchange of knowledge across communities will also foster more effective adaptation and improve community resilience.

Specific topics for these webinars will include:

  • Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation: highlights a range of actions that organizations can implement for climate adaptation that have been ground-tested by WUCA agencies.
  • Climate Adaptation Engineering Case Studies: discusses adaptation opportunities in infrastructure design and project delivery processes and provides case studies of recent water infrastructure projects.
  • Business Function Mapping: provides a framework-oriented process to mainstream climate change considerations within organizations.
  • Equity and Environmental Justice Considerations in Climate Adaptation: highlights how equity can influence community goals and build partnerships with lessons learned and solutions to build equity while adapting to climate change
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure: describes community experiences in deciding to use green stormwater infrastructure, monetizing and quantifying benefits, developing critical stakeholder partnerships, and using available tools to evaluate options to include in adaptation plans.
  • Greenhouse Gas and Energy: provides valuable information and inspiration for greenhouse gas mitigation or sewage thermal energy use projects from concept to implementation.
  • Climate Warming and Impacts to Staff and Assets: analyzes the impact of extreme temperature events on personnel and critical water utility physical infrastructure assets.
  • Federal and Other Funding for Adaptation: reviews available resources for financial support of adaptation projects, improving understanding of successful strategies and connecting the audience with community-based and sector-focused funding.

 

The goal of these webinars is to help us, adaptation practitioners, advance our thinking about effective approaches by learning from others what has worked (or not worked). Beyond sharing examples from the water sector, these webinars will foster a multi-sectoral dialogue, sharing practical resources and tools for planning.

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Date: January 6, 2022 | Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Many cities and municipalities have adopted green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and meet water quality standards as well as yield many co-benefits, including flood risk reduction, improved air quality, reducing respiratory and heat-related illnesses, creating “green” collar jobs, and more. Presenters will describe community experiences, beginning with their decision to use GSI, approaches to monetizing and quantifying GSI benefits, and the importance of partnerships with stakeholders. This webinar will highlight resources and tools from EPA and the water sector that communities may use to evaluate or plan for GSI options in their adaptation plans.

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Speakers

Janet Clements

Janet Clements

President, One Water Econ

Janet Clements, President and Founder of One Water Econ, has 20 years of experience in water and natural resources economics, planning, and consulting. She conducts benefit-cost, triple-bottom line, and economic impact analyses of water-related policies and programs. Her areas of expertise include integrated water resource management, green infrastructure and stormwater policy, and affordability of water and wastewater services. She also works on climate vulnerability and adaptation planning and has extensive background in western water issues and demand management. Ms. Clements is active in the water sector; she has served on several advisory boards, including as an expert consultant to EPA’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board on stormwater funding and financing issues. Prior to founding One Water Econ, she served as Director of Economics and Planning at Corona Environmental Consulting. Early in her career, Ms. Clements was a water and natural resources planner in a rural California county. She has a B.S. in Sustainable Resource Management from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from Colorado State University.

Pinar Balci

Pinar Balci

Ph.D., Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Dr. Balci is the Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Planning and Analysis at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.  In her current role, she manages sustainability programs including NYC MS4 Stormwater Management Plan, climate change and resiliency, demand management and utility rate and affordability studies.  She oversees the nation’s largest Green Infrastructure Program design and construction including research and modeling efforts; manages DEP’s Demand Management Programs including water reuse initiatives, building retrofits for water use reductions and develops city-wide environmental regulations and policies. Prior to joining DEP, she had managed Federal and State Policy and Permitting Division to achieve goals of the Everglades Restoration and Capital Projects at the South Florida Water Management District. She has served as an infrastructure and sustainability consultant and as a Board member of several non-profits. She is currently a doctoral faculty member at CUNY Grad school and teaches classes on urban water systems management.

Robyn DeYoung

Robyn DeYoung

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Robyn is the current Green Infrastructure Program Lead in the Office of Water.  She is working with 10 other federal agencies leading the Green Infrastructure Federal Collaborative.  Robyn has over 10 years of experience working with state and local governments on advancing climate and clean energy strategies, developing tools to estimate the multiple benefits of green infrastructure.  She started her professional career at Ohio EPA where she developed a state-wide emission offset program to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Robyn is also a certified performance coach and mindfulness instructor. She enjoys playing field hockey and gardening. Robyn holds an MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis and BA in Environmental Science, both from Boston University.

Contact

Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms
Lead, Climate Program Office Water Risk Team AND Climate and Societal Interactions - Water
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences

P: 1 (301) 734-1205
F: 1 (301) 713-0518
E: nancy.beller-simms@noaa.gov

For additional information, please contact our planning team:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA)

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Klara Zimmerman - zimmerman.klara@epa.gov

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