We Provide What Leaders Need

 

Cost-effective, nature-based solutions to address development pressures

Local strategies to mitigate flood, sea-level rise, fire, and drought

Quantification of the value open space provides to economic development, human health, and recreation


Why resilient communities matter

 

Resilience means that communities are able to withstand and grow through sudden shocks and long-term stresses. Truly resilient communities fully consider nature in planning and understand that a healthy environment enables a robust economy and strengthens equitable communities. The challenges to communities are clear – pollution, flooding, loss of green space, extreme weather, sea level rise. Planning that recognizes nature’s value can maximize people’s health and well-being, improve overall quality of life, and support sustainable economic development.

Photo Credit: liz west via Flickr

Photo Credit: liz west via Flickr


Our Approach

 

Relieving the pressures of development through nature-based planning

Our analysis and training helps local planners understand and apply green infrastructure alternatives in combination with traditional methods to create innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions to community development and planning challenges like urban sprawl and economic inequity. We work to build awareness, evaluate place-based projects, and recommend policies and funding alternatives to build economic and social resilience.

 

Supporting climate adaptation efforts

Our work supports communities in their climate adaptation efforts as extreme weather and disastrous floods, fires, and droughts become increasingly common. We help identify and manage the financial and environmental risks to communities and craft long-term, cost-effective natural infrastructure solutions that provide protection, reduce losses, and minimize taxpayer expense.  The burden of disasters often falls on low-income and minority residents. Our research illuminates these important connections and identifies more equitable alternatives.

 

Raising awareness of the value of trails, parks, and open space

We assess the value of trails, parks, and open space in cities, on the urban fringe, and in remote wilderness areas. Our work helps communities conserve important public lands that support economic development, human health, and recreation. We illustrate the importance of recreation to rural communities by identifying the diverse industry of small, local businesses that can be built around a robust recreation economy. Our studies have supported the passage of recreation bonds and legislation that will sustain public lands far into the future.

 

Banner Photo Credit: Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management via Flickr