CAP’s service in climate adaptation planning includes Capacity Building for Teams, Climate Adaptation Roadmaps, Change Management for Climate Integration, Design Firm Liaison, Financing/Funding Mapping, Mitigation and Adaptation Alignment, Peer Review, Resilience Strategy Development, Stakeholder Mapping, Strategic Guidance on Investment Prioritization, Vulnerability Analyses, and Workshop Facilitation.
The Charleston Medical District, which includes the Medical University of South Carolina, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Roper Children’s’ Hospital, retained Climate Adaptation Partners to develop and facilitate a series of technical charrettes on water, transportation, and heat geared toward raising mutual awareness of efforts, identifying opportunities for improved coordination and risk reduction, and connecting the various organizations working in parallel on common range of vulnerabilities in the Lockwood Corridor area of the Medical District.
The recently completed Charleston Vulnerability Assessment identifies Extreme Heat as a significant risk to Charlestonians. Scenarios suggest tripling of the number of extreme heat days within the century. NOAA and other organizations continue to escalate the alarm on the health risks associated with extreme heat as heat-related illness and fatalities far outpace fatalities from hurricanes or pluvial flooding per the CDC. Unfortunately, heat risk is not well understood or well-integrated into planned investments in Charleston. CAP is coordinating two efforts with NOAA / CAPA Strategies and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) to more fully understand Charleston’s vulnerability to urban heat.
In 2019, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency and HR&A retained CAP as expert reviewer, working closely with the overall team, to refine and extend the analyses and provide formal peer review to improve the overall process of the development of the City’s Climate Adaptation Roadmap. Drawing from the New York City Panel on Climate Change, updated vulnerability analyses and significant stakeholder advisory group engagement, the Roadmap will cover all five boroughs of the city. With its +520 miles of coastline and wide ranges of exposures, the relationship between the NPCC climate projections, the vulnerabilities stemming from those projections, and the possible situational typologies across the boroughs is a central aspect to the work. CAP is conducting this work in concert with One Architecture and Urbanism.
CAP was retained by ONE Architecture and Urbanism to join a multidisciplinary team as part of Resilience by Design Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The project, spearheaded by MRA Climate-Proof, focuses on how investment decisions in MRA developments can be climate-adaptive. The team’s approach looks beyond traditional water management approaches to escape established silos to better address societal issues. While extreme heat has historically been underestimated in regions with perceived temperate climates, CAP helped provide a more nuanced and robust understanding of extreme heat and its cascading impacts as a necessary component, along with other vulnerabilities, in a “waterAND” approach to adaptation planning. [image by ONE]
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Enterprise Community Partners (ECP) asked Janice to serve as a Senior Advisor to ECP, the University of Puerto Rico Architecture and Planning School, and the Builders Association of Puerto Rico on the development of a guide, Keep Safe: A guide for resilient housing design in island communities, to assist homeowners who had been recently devastated by the storm to rebuild with affordable, safe, resilient, and equitable strategies. This team of 50+ experts from Puerto Rico and the mainland provided critical input to the development of the guide. Central to this effort was understanding the projected climate scenarios for Puerto Rico and how hazards, risks and associated vulnerabilities impact rebuilding efforts. Janice was also Senior Advisor to ResilientSEE™ on the development Communities Together, a complementary guide to Keep Safe, focusing on the development of Resilient Community Centers, a foundational need in an area that will be long-term recovering.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Accelerator, a partnership between the Columbia University Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) and The Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University leveraged the expertise of investors, researchers, designers, and others to address extreme heat in Tel Aviv’s Shapira community. While the region’s environment is becoming hotter and dryer due to climate change, the community is also experiencing rapid population grown and demographic shifts all within a dense urban context. CAP was invited to participate as an Expert Facilitator and external reviewer with a focus on urban heat and health. Activities included workshop facilitation and site-based activities to assist community members, municipal leads and other partners in developing understanding and consensus.