Steps to Resilience framework describes a methodical approach communities

Low-energy LED grows lamps, and other energy-saving technologies have allowed vertical farms to be possible in cities. They can produce vegetables with a fraction of the energy and water needed for traditional outdoor crops without pesticides and herbicides. Chicago today is home to the largest vertical farm on the planet, 90,000. Square foot facility that produces a variety of green. Chicago changed its zoning laws to allow urban agriculture in 2010. This allowed vertical farms to flourish in all of the “Planned Manufacturing Districts” within the city.

Robustness is one of the essential characteristics of a resilient urban area. It is the ability to anticipate and react to possible problems. Vertical farms provide space for food production in urban areas and exemplify a robust city. Another critical aspect of robustness in urban design is snow clearing the explicit use of low-scale climate change information such as the Prairie Climate Atlas for infrastructure planning. Iowa State University, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the University of Iowa Flood Center used historical rainfall information to predict peak discharge flows from two local lakes that had suffered severe flooding. These were both directly affected by interstate highways and primary roads.

Researchers used climate forecasting to calculate future flooding and streamflow modeling to model the effects of climate change on projected data for the region. These revised forecasts were compared against the DOT inventory of assets, allowing for analysis of all transportation infrastructure. The DOT could then identify vulnerable roads and bridges and design elements to minimize their vulnerability to future flooding. Engineers were able to have greater confidence that their infrastructure designs would withstand future climate changes by applying the projected climate data.

The Pecan Street Project (PSP) is a public/private partnership with “very modest goals” of reinventing the United States’ energy system. The PSP is a non-profit that tests the most advanced smart grid technologies, with the long-term goal to scale up those that are the best.

Smart metering is used for energy and water. 2015 Duke University reviewed the Austin smart grid and found significant energy and water saving and greater autonomy of the overall grid. PSP’s success is an excellent opportunity to attract high-tech partnerships, strengthen Austin’s image as an innovation hotspot, and make it a desirable investment destination.

A climate-resilient municipality is not only robust but also has redundancy. This refers to fail-safe networks, spare capacity, and the ability to adapt to disruptions or surges in demand. In the case of the energy sector, this means grids that can still produce, distribute and store energy if any other parts of the grid are disrupted. Smart grids can be a great way to improve the energy system’s resilience. They have significant potential benefits for homeowners, including faster recovery after power outages and lower monthly bills.

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