CCAP Meeting Summary: Green Resilience Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

The purpose of this report is to capture best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation and mitigation. These best practice and lessons learned are from the “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and workshop sessions held at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference held in Washington, DC From January 28-30, 2014. The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the National Climate Assessment’s network (NCAnet) Adaptation + Mitigation Nexus (AMNex) affinity group co-hosted these sessions.

This report provides an overview of the adaptation and mitigation (A+M) nexus; reflections on research, capacity building, and funding needs; and examples of integrated A+M approaches (by sector and select cities). 

GCC’s Jessica Grannis discussed the need for adaptation during the meeting -  underscoring that what actions are taken now on mitigation will determine how difficult and expensive it will be to adapt, and whether it is even possible to adapt. She provided a few examples of initiatives with A+M benefits including: (1) Green and cool roofs; (2) wetlands restoration; and (3) the concept of lining the California Aqueduct with solar photovoltaics to reduce evaporation and power the water pumps.

Specific pilot project opportunities were identified as possibilities as next steps to pursue in Washington, DC and Boston, MA:
• Adding resilience measures to green building projects, codes and policies
• Installing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in “Meds & Eds” community (hospital & university campuses) as a first step toward microgrids
• Targeting green infrastructure and cool roofs to maximize cooling and water capture

Publication Date: April 2014

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