Posts by Steve Winkelman

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Transformation Ahead: Colombia TOD NAMA

Implementation is on track for the Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA, funded by the NAMA Facility, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Safety (BMUB) and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).The ultimate goal of the TOD NAMA is to transform Colombia’s urban... continue reading »

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From Concept to Reality: Colombia TOD NAMA Moving to Implementation

The Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA, a concept that was conceived in 2011 and preliminarily selected by the NAMA Facility in 2013, will now officially move to implementation, following  a €14.7 million grant from the NAMA Facility this past August. The NAMA is a comprehensive urban strategy that integrates sustainable mobility with land use development,... continue reading »

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Colombia Transit Oriented Development NAMA Selected for Funding

Today at the UNFCCC 19th Conference of Parties (COP) in Warsaw, the joint Germany-UK NAMA Facility announced the funding of the world’s first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA in Colombia. CCAP will partner with Colombian Development bank FINDETER to deliver $20 million (USD) in technical and financial resources to catalyze the building of TOD neighborhoods in... continue reading »

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NAMA colombiana de Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte seleccionada para recibir financiamiento

El 15 de noviembre, en la décimo novena conferencia de las partes (COP) de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) celebrada en Varsovia, el Fondo internacional para financiamiento NAMA de Alemania y el Reino Unido anunció que entregaría fondos a la primera Acción Nacionalmente Apropiada de Mitigación (NAMA, por su... continue reading »

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Conectando los Puntos: Sinergias Entre la Adaptacion y la Mitigacion

Desde 2006, CCAP ha instado a las comunidades, empresas y legisladores a hacerse la pregunta del cambio climático respecto de cómo las decisiones de infraestructura, desarrollo de suelos, políticas e inversión afectan a las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), así como a la vulnerabilidad o resiliencia al cambio climático. Ahora le invitamos a... continue reading »

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Connecting the Dots: Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

Since 2006, CCAP has encouraged communities, companies and policymakers to Ask the Climate Question – How will infrastructure, land development, policy and investment decisions affect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vulnerability or resilience to climate change impacts? We now challenge you to Connect the Dots between climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and implement policies and... continue reading »

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A Plan for the New Normal: The President’s Climate Action Plan Calls for Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change

On a hot and muggy, 90-degree day on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to the nation Tuesday. In addition to cutting carbon, CCAP applauds President Obama for placing climate resilience at the center of his three-part plan. Under the scorching sun, the president summarized recent weather events: continue reading »

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Colombia Transit-Oriented Development NAMA Gains High-Level Support

Traffic congestion and air pollution in Colombian cities is projected to increase substantially under current trends – CCAP’s recent analysis of a new University of the Andes study, indicates that driving in Colombia is expected to quadruple over the next 30 years. Already a leader in implementing bus rapid transit (BRT), Colombia is ready to take the next step and address land use and urban design tackling traffic and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the long term. CCAP has worked on the ground with leading Colombian stakeholders over the last year to develop a proposal for a Transit-Oriented Development NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) to implement and finance catalytic transit neighborhoods. continue reading »

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Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience

DC Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Plan on Feb. 20 that sets forth ambitious goals and metrics pertaining to climate and the environment. The 20-year program includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032, and enhancing the resilience of DC infrastructure to climate change impacts. continue reading »

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CCAP Supports the STRONG Act to Strengthen Resiliency against Extreme Weather

As the eastern United States continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Congress is working on a bill that would provide critical technical assistance to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. Today, Senators John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Frank R. Lautenberg introduced the STRONG Act, which builds upon existing efforts... continue reading »

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Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion

The social, physical and economic devastation of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for many weeks and months to come. Sandy brought record precipitation and storm surge to the U.S. East Coast; more than 8 million households lost power and over 100 fatalities were reported. The latest estimates of economic losses range from $30 to $50 billion (Eqecat, IHS Global Insight). continue reading »

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Hurricane Sandy and Critical Economic Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City at 8pm on Monday, with maximum sustained hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, and the lowest central pressure to hit the region since a 1938 storm that caused damages of $37 billion (normalized USD2005). The combination of storm surge and high tide yielded a surge of 13.7 feet at... continue reading »

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Retrofits to Reduce Subway Flooding, courtesy of MTA New York

Every day without rain, the MTA pumps 8 million gallons of groundwater out of their NYC subway system. According to NYC officials, for every 1” of rain, over 1 billion gallons of stormwater are generated. Thus flooding poses a huge risk to the city’s infrastructure. Raising subway vents and entrances reduces the probability of catastrophic... continue reading »

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What Does Climate Resilience Look Like?

As the annual costs of severe weather events in the U.S. grow into the billions of dollars, companies and communities are examining how best to plan ahead to protect their assets and bolster their bottom line. Typical plans involve mitigation, adaptation, or both. The figure above, adapted from Penney 2008, demonstrates the overlap between adaptation... continue reading »

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Electric Utilities and Climate Resilience in the Toronto Region

How long can customers live with a power outage? Do recent severe weather trends represent the “new normal?” How will increased sea level rise and storm surge due to climate change affect power plant management and site selection? How will utilities manage the dual challenges of increasing demand for air conditioning and diminishing water availability... continue reading »

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Weathering Transportation Sector Climate Risks

CCAP and EESI are pleased to announce the release of our report , Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs At a time when transportation agencies are faced with failing infrastructure and major budgetary constraints, the transportation sector is bearing significant losses from recent extreme weather events. With the National Climate Assessment assessing... continue reading »

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BP & UK Companies: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts is Good Business

As part of CCAP’s Weathering Climate Risks program, we are examining public, private, and public-private efforts on preparedness for extreme weather and a changing climate. Today’s blog considers recent private sector activity. A 2011 report from Mercer concluded the cost of climate change impacts could exceed $4 trillion by 2030, and contribute up to 10%... continue reading »

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Is 20 the new 100?

Extreme weather trends and climate forecasts suggest so Welcome to spring and to the official launch of CCAP’s new blog, Weathering Climate Risks! We will focus on corporate and urban preparedness for extreme weather and climate change, emphasizing risk management, critical infrastructure and the economics of preparedness. On with today’s installment. It’s said that 60... continue reading »

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Finding the Millions to save the Billions on Highway 1

Louisiana officials and businesses are having a tough time finding the $371 million needed to elevate 10 miles of Louisiana Highway 1 to protect it from sinking land, rising sea level, heavier rainfall and storm surge, according to a story in today’s Washington Post (“As climate changes, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway”). The segment... continue reading »

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Senate Passes Transportation Bill that Helps Prepare Infrastructure for Severe Weather

CCAP applauds the Senate passage of the transportation bill, S. 1813, also known as MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). MAP 21, which passed with bi-partisan support (74 – 22), contains important elements to enhance the efficiency of our transportation system that will help bolster the national economy, strengthen communities... continue reading »

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Don’t Run Over Public Transit

Today the House Committee on Ways and Means is reviewing HR 3864, which threatens to choke off funding for public transportation. The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act of 2012 would terminate all revenues dedicated to mass transit (2.86 cents per gallon of the federal gasoline tax), ending three decades of bi-partisan policy originally... continue reading »

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We were all his students – In Memory of Lee Schipper

Our dear friend and valuable colleague, Lee Schipper, transportation research guru par excellence, died on August 16th after a fast and fierce battle with cancer.  We’ve lost a giant. We will miss Lee for his deep knowledge, thorough analyses, quick wit, frank assessments and passionate presentations. Lee accomplished and published so much — influencing so... continue reading »

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