Senior fellow Armando Carbonell helped lead a wide-ranging discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C. on lessons learned from the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy, and the federal role in helping metropolitan areas prepare for future impacts of climate change. The gathering was based around a Policy Focus Report to be published by the Lincoln Institute later this year.
Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and key leader of President Obama's rebuilding-and-resilience initiative, addressed the gathering of local, state, and federal leaders, hosted by the Lincoln Institute and the Regional Plan Association.
"The 20 warmest years on record have all taken place since 1990," he said. "As I hear all over the country, those 100-year storms seem to be coming every few years now. Not just Katrina or Sandy, but record floods in Iowa or in Colorado, tragically, tornadoes within just a few months of each other in Oklahoma recently."
His comments appeared in a report published on Environment and Energy Publishing's Climate Wire, which also noted the formation this week of a Congressional climate action task force led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
The Policy Focus Report will be authored by Robert Parini and Laura Tolkoff from RPA. Also in attendance were representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration, the Council on Environmental Quality, and many other federal, state, and local agencies, as well as key non-governmental organizations, engaged in resilience and climate adaptation.
The goal was to bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss strategies for recovery and rebuilding and how they might be integrated with more long-range climate adaptation and resilience efforts, Carbonell said.