Severe Weather and Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Preparing Washington D.C. (Meeting Summary)

The District of Columbia has initiated a climate change adaptation assessment to examine current and projected risks from severe weather and to develop a resilience plan to sustain and enhance the District’s economy and quality of life. On March 14, 2013, the District Department of Environment (DDOE), the District Office of Planning (OP), and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) held a workshop to gather input to help shape future preparation efforts to ensure they reflect stakeholder knowledge, experience and priorities.

The workshop goals included:
1. To disseminate and share expert information concerning problems including current trends, projected weather-related risks, and solutions such as leading public and private preparedness efforts;

2. To understand stakeholder priorities and concerns; and

3. To (start to) identify collaboration opportunities to foster long-term resilience, such as actions across government agencies and public-private; and identify efforts that can be launched in the short-term and advance multiple policy goals.

From the workshop collaboration, participants recommended the following next steps:

  • Vulnerability studies on sea level rise, severe weather and urban heat
  • Economic scenario analyses
  • “What If” flooding analysis
  • Increase green infrastructure
  • “Undergrounding” power lines
  • Install Metro ventilation grate extensions
  • Improve transportation choices (resilience benefits of biking, walking, and public transit)
  • Identify further collaboration opportunities

This paper is a product of the Center for Clean Air Policy’s Weathering Climate Risks program, with funding from the Surdna Foundation.

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Related Organizations:

  • District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC
  • Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
  • District of Columbia Office of Planning
  • District of Columbia

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  • Scenario planning

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