CCRUN hosts a number of workshops and events each year, engaging with stakeholders throughout the urban Northeast.
CCRUN hosts a monthly seminar on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM Eastern.
A Safe Place to Call Home: Community Options and Considerations for Adapting to Flooding
As more and more areas are experiencing new and worsening flood risks caused by climate change, communities are facing challenging questions about how to safely remain in place. For many, leaving their neighborhood and home is not an acceptable option. For others, the potential option of pursuing managed retreat or relocation strategies may increasingly become a part of local conversations. Communities across the country are exploring approaches and mechanisms to keep community ties while building physical resilience to flooding. Katie Spidalieri, Senior Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center will discuss a range of legal and planning tools for managed retreat and the tradeoffs associated with these different options that communities may consider as to think about how to adapt to flooding. Rachelle Sanderson, Region Seven Watershed Coordinator at Capital Region Planning Commission in Louisiana, will introduce the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and discuss how some of these challenges are manifesting on the ground in one watershed region in Louisiana. Katie and Rachelle will also share how locally driven partnerships can help to build resources and capacity to support population transitions and housing needs driven by flooding.
Recent Workshops and Events
The Biden Administration has advanced new climate initiatives that will greatly accelerate and reinvigorate the federal government’s engagement in urgently needed climate action, including the U.S.’s rejoining of the Paris Agreement. Although the previous administration withdrew from direct action, municipalities, states, and other subnational organizations continued their work on climate issues. “We are still in” became the organizing principle for this loose network of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. While the country still faces a series of significant crises and numerous policy demands, the opportunity to advance urban climate action, generally, and policy-making and research, more specifically, is abundantly evident. This is a unique moment to link rapidly-advancing federal actions with local initiatives that have grown significantly over the past several years. The webinar focused on successful models of collaboration between cities and universities and was organized around three specific measures of success: the generation of actionable knowledge, infusion of climate considerations into higher education, and best practices for scaling climate action.
Date: May 26th, 2020
Event Recording: link
Most cities and states in the U.S. Northeast region have adopted a set of programs to enhance community resilience to extreme heat events, often involving the opening of cooling centers or promoting the use of shared cooler spaces, as well as increased access to private air conditioning. With the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for continued physical distancing, some of these strategies, especially those that encourage individuals to occupy closed spaces, might in fact put people at increased risk of infection. Clearly, there needs to be a discussion on which existing strategies for mitigating the adverse health effects of extreme heat are still appropriate within the context of COVID-19 and what new strategies currently not being used could be implemented.
In response, the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) along with its NOAA partners co-hosted a webinar and discussion titled “Planning for Extreme Heat Events in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Panelists presented on the latest science of extreme heat exposure, potential summer 2020 heat conditions, and possible strategies for how to address summertime extreme heat if cooling centers or other public sites remain closed during that time. Discussions included proposals that could be implemented in summer 2020. Social and environmental equity considerations were also introduced into the discussion.
Date: May 20th, 2020
Event Recording: link
Because extreme rainfall events have exposed critical gaps in planning, the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) and the Mid- Atlantic Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (MARISA) focused this workshop on urban stormwater management. This workshop examined the challenges of integrated planning within today’s regulatory context, discussed decision support needs for climate resilience planning, and presented innovative strategies for how to integrate climate modeling into hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. Participants discussed challenges, uncertainties and next steps, and heard from exemplar cities that have begun to move forward with incorporating climate resilient design into their stormwater planning and management.
Date: March 5-6, 2020
Location: Washington, D.C.
CCURN hosted a series of workshops entitled Promoting Successful Local Coastal Resiliency Policies and Programs: Addressing Key Knowledge Gaps. They were held at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County, New York, and another at Monmouth University in New Jersey. The objective of the workshops was to bring together local practitioners and policy makers in the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Region to evaluate emerging knowledge and data needs regarding how coastal residents and business owners are responding to, or might respond to, flood risk resiliency efforts associated with extreme storms, storm surge, sunny day/nuisance flooding, and sea level rise. As an output from the workshops, household surveys will be developed to address the gaps identified by policy- makers to improve effectiveness and communication of resiliency planning efforts. The surveys will be administered by Stony Brook and Monmouth students in conjunction with CCRUN researchers.
Date: June 25 – 26, 2019
Location: Stony Brook, NY
CCRUN and partners organized a conference on managed retreat, entitled “At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone”, hosted by the Climate Adaptation Initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, which took place on June 19- 21, 2019. As one of the first major academia-led conferences on the subject, the event convened diverse stakeholders including researchers, community-based organizations, tribal and indigenous leadership, planners, practitioners, local government, industry representatives and more to discuss the issues surrounding retreat as an adaptation option. Major themes discussed included environmental justice, community resilience, policy and decision-making, and climate modeling of various aspects of retreat from sea level rise to migration.
The event brought together over 300 individuals, including researchers of multiple CCRUN universities, CISA, and other NOAA affiliates. The event provided a platform for CCRUN to assess knowledge gaps and opportunities for future research agendas relevant to coastal communities in the Northeast and across RISA regions. Out of this conference, the organizers plan to build new partnerships for co-generating knowledge on adaptation and develop a policy-oriented article for a leading journal, op-eds for broader audiences, and a distillation of best practices in a white paper for local planners.
Date: June 19 – 21, 2019
Location: New York, NY