Hazard Mitigation Workshop: Building Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017,
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Regardless of whether they agree on the cause of climate change, community leaders around the globe are recognizing the need to anticipate and plan for the impacts of a changing climate on their communities. While the effects of climate change will vary regionally, they are expected to include a gradual increase in average temperatures, along with rising sea levels, increased periods of drought and extreme temperatures, and more frequent and severe storms. Communities in high-hazard riverine floodplains and coastal areas are especially susceptible. Given those risks, communities face challenges in rethinking urban development patterns and infrastructure policies, all within the context of uncertainty. Planning to build more resilient communities in the fact of climate change requires new approaches to hazard mitigation, post-disaster recovery, and climate adaptation, thinking through what those initiatives mean and how they come together.

The purpose of this one-day workshop will be to present basic knowledge and concepts on these topics, teach skills on how to conduct a vulnerability assessment using an interactive role-playing game, and survey planning tools for enhanced hazard mitigation and resilience at the local level using selected case studies. The workshop will also explore the adaptation and use of these tools in cities of the Global South.

This workshop is being offered by the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and is co-sponsored by SNRE. It will be co-taught by Kristin Baja (UM alum, Climate and Resilience Planner for the City of Baltimore, and Recipient of a 2016 White House Champion of Change Award) and Andrew Rumbach (hazard mitigation and recovery planner and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver).

The workshop will be offered to UM students for free, but space is limited.

Location: 

Art and Architecture Building (2000 Bonisteel Blvd.), Room 1227