- Use historical climate record and credible climate change projections in planning.
- Enhance coordination of evacuation plans and communications systems.
- Review and strengthen mutual aid agreements to improve intergovernmental coordination and cooperation.
- Adopt and implement water conservation plans.
- Utilize tree plantings and green roofs for shading, energy conservation and stormwater detention.
- Develop heat wave management plans.
- Use alternative paving products.
- Enhance shoreline erosion management.
- Prepare for increase in wildfires.
- Prepare for increased illnesses.
- Implement stricter emission controls.
- Advocate hurricane resistant building standards as the minimum building code standard for new construction in high risk areas.
- Avoid new development in areas particularly vulnerable to flooding.
- Avoid construction in areas subject to sea level rise.
- Preserve wetland and riparian zones.
- Implement regional wastewater treatment.
- Implement gray water reuse.
- Advocate green building standard region wide.
- Build compact communities.
- Build livable centers.
- Consider appropriateness of different modes of transportation.
- Consider a longer term view of infrastructure needs than as planned today.
- Creation of financial mechanisms,
- COGs should assist legislators.
- H-GAC should assist local governments with climate change planning.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change Engineering
From the Houston-Galveston Area Council: Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects and their list of specific recommendations (Link to the report):