Consulting & Engineering: Climate Risk Management & Adaptation

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Tetra Tech (Pasadena, CA) for providing integrated solutions to address climate risk. By leveraging its centers of excellence in water resources management, water supply, flood protection and emergency response, Tetra Tech is developing solutions to domestic and international challenges impacted by global climate change.

Tetra Tech applies a climate change technical framework that focuses a mitigation and adaptation lens on broad policy programs to address needs within forestry, water and food security sectors. As part of a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Tetra Tech is supporting the East Africa Commission and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission to develop and implement integrated water resource management plans to protect watersheds in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya.

In the United States, Tetra Tech is helping communities adapt to water supply issues related to climate change. In San Antonio, Texas, Tetra Tech is design of a brackish groundwater desalination facility that will supply potable water without further diminishing lake and stream levels. Using an integrated approach, Tetra Tech conducted Rhode Island's first statewide assessment of its drinking water facilities to determine the impacts from climate change.

AECOM for applying its knowledge, global capabilities and goodwill to make cities and regions more resilient to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Supporting the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN ISDR), AECOM contributed to the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) to advance the Making Cities Resilient Campaign with 1500 signatory cities.

AECOM led a Resilient Investment case study for UN ISDR in conjunction with PSAG members and the City of San Francisco. The project brought together private and public sector representatives to explore how resilience is valued, current barriers and effective incentives to increase investment.

From this study, AECOM worked with IBM to develop a City Resilience Scorecard for UN ISDR to identify resilience strengths and weaknesses across city systems and identify pathways to increase resilience, attracting investment and reducing insurance risk and costs.

AECOM also worked with the Carbon Disclosure Project on the CDP 2013 Global Cities Report to develop benchmarks and best practice assessments of 110 cities for climate mitigation and adaptation activities, costs and benefits. This project has stimulated and supported climate change activity in cities globally increasing resilience to significant changes in climatic, social and economic conditions.