Monday, September 30th 2013: New York City Conference
SEA CHANGE: THE SHIFTING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE
As extreme weather events increase in frequency, so too does concern about the resilience of our cities and the buildings we inhabit. Through our work leading the Building Resiliency Task Force, we’ve noticed a shift in the approach to sustainable buildings, one that more frequently includes resilience. It’s a change that could strengthen the relationship between sustainable strategies and resilience measures or expose contradictions between the two. As the building industry prepares to meet the challenges of a changing climate – rising sea levels, increased precipitation and drought, more frequent and intense storms, and higher temperatures – we ask, how do we maintain our efforts to mitigate climate change while simultaneously responding to its inevitable consequences?