Rawlings Miller, WSP

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of some natural disasters….. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends that pre­-incident planning be documented,” says a brand new report from the EPA.

In other words: prepare for the imminent consequences of climate change-related natural disasters and extreme weather events.  But how? And, how can your community improve its infrastructure at the same time?

Listen to Rawlings Miller, a climate scientist and principal in the WSP advisory firm in this information-packed interview with Joan Michelson on Green Connections Radio podcast.

Rawlings tells us:

  • How to assess the potential economic impact of a natural disaster in your area, or for your business, from publicly available data.
  • The steps in a climate resilience plan, and figuring out your “lifelines.” (see the graphic below)
  • How making your community more resilient can improve your infrastructure for the long-term and reduce costs.
  • How you can resolve conflicts between all the people involved, including government leaders from different parties and beliefs.
  • Plus, unique career advice, especially if you feel “stuck,” and interesting strategies to really listen to people.

“I look for the balance between, I’m giving as much to the work I’m doing and the job, as the place I’m working is giving to me…to feel valued.” Rawlings Miller on Green Connections Radio

Read my Forbes blog about resilience planning wIth Rawlings’ advice too here.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Karen Lightman, Executive Director of the Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, on how to improve the resilience of your community.
  • Katherine Burgess, head of Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, on their recommendations for making your community climate resilient.
  • Kathy Jacobs,  who worked on the National Climate Assessment, on what’s in the data.
  • Nicole Ferrini, Chief Resilience Officer of El Paso, TX, on how they are doing it on the ground.

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Climate Resilience Plan Methodology, from WSP: