In a conference room overlooking downtown Miami, British executives are talking about why they know south Florida’s streets so well. It isn’t because of the sunshine. It’s because of the area’s risk for disasters like hurricanes and flooding.
The Field Guide to CSO+ as a resource for use in any CSO community to empower decision makers charged with addressing CSOs alongside other priorities. It was created by re:focus partners and SCAPE as part of the BIG Initiative. The Field Guide includes a discussion aid that city and utility staff can use to strategize [...]
The first three months of the year are usually easy on insurance companies—and the rest of us—simply because it’s not hurricane season, when claims for property and vehicle damage are typically much higher. Not this year, though. US insurers are reporting that extreme and more frequent weather events have made 2017 the most expensive first [...]
The US is in desperate need of new infrastructure investment. Cities across the country are dealing with aging and failing systems, and there is a huge opportunity to leapfrog to new technologies — with more distributed, resilient, and green infrastructure projects. Making this leap successfully depends on thousands of small and medium-sized communities like Flint, MI and [...]
With every new Administration in Washington there are always sweeping promises about improving the nation’s infrastructure. Since the last recession, these promises have become inextricably linked with talk about mobilizing private finance.
April 4, 2017 — Today, New Jersey Future and re:focus partners celebrated the conclusion of Build It Green (BIG) with the release of a report highlighting innovative approaches three New Jersey cities are taking to the problem of upgrading stormwater infrastructure. The report, Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems: Three Case Studies in Stormwater Infrastructure [...]
Calls for new infrastructure investment typically focus on bridges and potholes. Rarely do politicians pay attention to water infrastructure, despite the clear economic benefits of doing so. Only when situations reach crisis proportions, like in Flint, MI, does the history of deferred water investment make headlines.
On March 8, the New Jersey Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Permittee Network convened to share lessons and to brainstorm ideas for the future of stormwater management across the state. Held at the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, the meeting included a multimodal CSO+ workshop on “Unlocking Untapped Resources for Addressing CSOs” led by re:focus partners, as [...]
It’s no secret that Florida is one of the single most hurricane-prone strips of land in the world. This “land of sunshine, state of dreams,” as the celebrated Florida historian Gary Mormino dubbed Florida, seemingly attracts tourists, snowbirds and storms in equal measure.