25th February 2021
President Biden plans to mobilise $5 trillion in public and private sector investments over the next ten years to ensure that buildings, water, transportation, and energy infrastructure can withstand the impacts of climate change.
With sea-level rise, increasingly frequent and intense storms, and heavier rainfalls already presenting significant challenges in many US states, stormwater management and flood control will be an important component of this ambitious investment.
Blue-green infrastructure, consisting of natural approaches to water management, promises to be a sustainable and cost-effective solution. It can control floods and urban stormwater runoff while addressing water quality impacts, and provides triple-bottom line benefits such as urban greening. In many cases it is also vastly more cost-effective than traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure approaches.
In partnership with Stantec, and presented by GWI, this discussion brought together policy makers, industry experts, and city and utility leaders to define the new agenda for climate– resilient blue-green infrastructure, reflecting on the successes thus far and the potential for future applications.
Featuring four case studies from New York, Louisiana, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, where communities already have ground-breaking programmes underway to tackle hurricane recovery, flood management and water quality control, this high–level meeting will address the following key issues:
Discussion at this session were divided into five topic areas. Click to watch the discussion highlights videos from each discussion segment below.
00:36 – Blue Green Policy: Explanation and Case Studies
08:56 – US Federal Policy Landscape 2021
01:20 – Background
02:58 – Challenges
06:00 – Plan in Action
15:03 – ISeeChange Platform
20:50 – Defining the Benefits
15:45 – Please note, information on this slide is incorrect. Correct figures available here.