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Feb 25, 2020

In episode 107 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Shalini Vajjhala of  re:focus partners to talk about the one in a generation opportunity to invest in community infrastructure needs in light of climate change. Shalini discusses how re:focus partners works with cities and states on investing now to avoid future costs associated to climate impacts.  Doug also talks with Caleb Stratton, the Chief Resilience Officer of Hoboken, New Jersey and how they worked with re:focus partners to invest in some critical flooding infrastructure needed after the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Sandy.  This episode digs into shovel ready adaptation and the concrete steps communities can take to adapt.

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Topics covered:

  • What does it mean ‘once in a generation’ investment.
  • What is procurement and what does it mean for climate adaptation.
  • No brainer climate investing.
  • Financing based on “avoided losses”
  • Helping cities maneuver through adaptation planning and investment.
  • Tackling procurement barriers.
  • What does it mean to be a climate adaptation professional?
  • How did Hoboken respond to Hurricane Sandy
  • Punching above your weight class in adaptation funding at the city level.

Experts in this episode:
Dr. Shalini Vajjhala, CEO of re:focus partners
Caleb Stratton, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken, New Jersey

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