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CCBJ Vol II No 11: U.S. Climate Change Adaptation Industry

As the impacts of climate change force communities, governments and businesses to adapt, the U.S. climate change adaptation industry is gaining momentum. For now, most climate change adaptation work is being done in the context of traditional land use planning, infrastructure and hazards management work. But climate change requires new planning models, which consultants and universities are developing. This edition also looks at firms involved in coastal infrastructure and planning, water resources, insurance and energy as this new climate change segment takes shape.

Inside this edition:

  • Coastal Communities at Risk: Read how local, state and federal agencies are slowly changing policies for coastal infrastructure and budgeting for adaptation planning, and how firms like Arcadis, AECOM and other firms are helping drive this work.
  • Climate change will fundamentally change how potable water is produced and distributed. Experts from the Metropolitan Water District, CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and other organizations explore this rapidly emerging new waterscape.
  • While governments will be the main responsible parties for managing climate change risks, the insurance industry, energy companies and large corporations of other types are increasingly being called upon to assess, disclose and plan for climate change risks.
  • Profiles of Industry Leaders: Malcolm Pirnie, Dewberry, Ryerson Master Associates (a division of Lloyd's Register Group), Atmospheric and Environmental Research (a division of Verisk Analytics) and Monsanto.

Companies and Institutions:

American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Center for Integrative Environmental Research, City of Houston Public Works Department, Coastal States Organization, Halcrow Group, ICF International, National Association Clean Water Agencies, Pacific Institute, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sanborn, Stratus Consulting, URS Corp., WateReuse Foundation, Water Utility Climate Alliance, Zurich Financial Services Group.



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