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Designing for Wildfires: Information for Planners

Over the past decade, the growth in frequency, scale, and severity of wildfires have highlighted the seriousness of an emerging global problem, particularly in an area known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). These impacts are expected to worsen with ongoing development in wildfire-prone areas and extreme weather conditions from climate change. FEMA’s Building Science Disaster Support Program recently deployed a team of subject matter experts to Colorado after the devastating Marshall Fire and identified a need for more collaboration between the fields of planning and building science to increase wildfire resilience. This session will inform planners about wildfire mitigation concepts at the parcel, neighborhood and community levels and the interrelationships between these scales. Speakers will draw on lessons learned and best practice examples that emphasize how planning, zoning and building codes a

7th Annual Watershed Conference


Register today for our 7th Annual Watershed Conference. This year's theme is regional/watershed planning, a collaborative strategy to address the impacts of climate change and restore clean and healthy habitats. To address complex issues, we must work together to manage watersheds in a way best suited to their natural geography beyond political boundaries.

Adapting to Climate: Urban Landscape Transformation in the 21st Century

There is a tremendous amount of change happening in urban landscapes, especially in the western U.S. Driven by climate change more broadly, and its symptoms of water scarcity, stormwater flooding, and heat, these changes present both challenges and opportunities for planners. The conversion of our cities will not be easy, or quick. To do this right, we must address this as systems-change, with robust attention to both the social and physical details. To address this challenge, the recent Lincoln Institute/Babbitt Center White Paper “ Research-Informed Documents of Practice: Helping Urban Planners and Water Managers Direct the Change Needed for Creating Climate-Adapted Urban Landscapes”, researched 3 different sources of information to gather a snapshot of current activities, stated goals, and future directions to make this transformation happen. This webinar will cover what was learned.