articles for period 2011 thru 2015

Preparing for Climate Change in the Chicago Region and Beyond: “Rain Ready” Initiative Promotes Better Rainwater Management

“Through our years of research and advocacy on water management issues, we realized that there was something of a disconnect between information and action. Rain Ready seeks to close that gap by making it easier for homeowners, businesses, and government leaders to create Rain Ready plans,” said Harriet Festing. The Rain Ready website features videos and how-to factsheets that show rain readiness in action.

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VIDEO: “Last few years have offered cities a sobering climate change wake-up call,” says Jad Daley

“The skills and resources needed for green infrastructure success cross many organizational boundaries — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, thinkers and doers. Urban resilience solutions must look across built infrastructure, green infrastructure and community-based adaptations rooted in social change. What will crystallize all of these best practices into common practice is the development of partnership templates and tools that link into a replicable model,” writes Jad Dayley.

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State of Illinois Prepares for a Warmer, More Flood-Prone Climate

“For the first time, water efficiency, green infrastructure (such as green roofs and rain gardens), and other climate-resilient projects will be eligible for financing from a multi-billion-dollar state clean water fund, instead of having to rely on smaller grants. Their approach is a model for other states seeking to build sustainable, resilient communities that are prepared to combat climate change,” wrote Peter Lehner.

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Flooding in Chicago Region: “Everything is to blame when ~10% of annual rain falls in 6 hours,” observed Deborah Shore, Commissioner

“Why did streets fill up and why did water back up into basements? Everything is to blame. No municipal system of sewer pipes can handle that much rain in such a short period of time. Moreover, the Chicago and metropolitan area is flat and we’ve removed the land’s ability to absorb the rain that falls upon it,” wrote Deborah Shore.

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US Conference of Mayors calls on cities to use natural solutions to fight the effects of climate change

Mayors are looking for alternatives to traditional infrastructure projects that will be cost-effective and provide residents with amenities. “What’s so significant is that there was a unanimous vote on an issue that can be so divisive. When you peel away the high-level arguments and deal with the ground-level issues everyone just rolls up their sleeves and gets to work,” said Laura Huffman.

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