Smith Hill to Participate in USDOT’s Thriving Communities Program

Smith Hill to Participate in USDOT’s Thriving Communities Program

The PRP recently partnered with the City of Providence, Smith Hill Partners’ Initiative, and the Central Providence Health Equity Zone in a successful application for technical assistance from the USDOT’s Thriving Communities Program. Smith Hill is one of 64 neighborhoods across the country and the only one in RI that will receive technical support, planning…

PRP Catalyzes $500K in NOAA Funding for Port

PRP Catalyzes $500K in NOAA Funding for Port

Working closely with the City of Providence, Groundwork RI, Save The Bay and other partners, the PRP spurred funding for an innovative, co-learning project on climate resilience and habitat restoration to engage residents in South Providence and Washington Park. The three-year project will collaboratively examine the shoreline from Sassafras Cove to Collier Point Park, focusing…

“Worsening Winds” Report: Northeast at Risk

“Worsening Winds” Report: Northeast at Risk

The First Street Foundation recently unveiled their new wind model, a cutting-edge tool that provides detailed information on the likelihood and financial impacts of wind for all properties in the US. According to the 7th National Risk Assessment: Worsening Winds report, the Northeast region is expected to experience the greatest rise in tropical storm wind…

ProJo: With seas rising, study will ask — is Providence’s hurricane barrier up to the task?

ProJo: With seas rising, study will ask — is Providence’s hurricane barrier up to the task?

PROVIDENCE — When it was dedicated in 1966, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier was considered a paragon of design. And in the nearly six decades since, it has done its job well, protecting downtown Providence from flooding caused by wind-driven storm surges.  But as seas have risen and storm patterns have changed, experts have questioned whether…

Extreme weather, fueled by climate change, cost the U.S. $165 billion in 2022

Extreme weather, fueled by climate change, cost the U.S. $165 billion in 2022

Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, heatwaves, and droughts, have had a widespread impact throughout the U.S. in recent years. Coinciding with the rise in global temperature, the frequency and intensity of these events have increased, causing severe damage. In 2022, the United States experienced 18 separate extreme weather disaster events, which resulted in significant…

Climate Risk and Resilience Portal (ClimRR)

Climate Risk and Resilience Portal (ClimRR)

FEMA and its partners launched the Climate Risk and Resilience Portal (ClimRR), a free access, climate science modeling portal designed for community leaders offering localized data about future climate risks to conduct climate risk-informed analyses in order to support decision-making and adaptation efforts. Initial hazards included in ClimRR are temperature, precipitation, wind and drought conditions. …

New NOAA Climate Guides Available

New NOAA Climate Guides Available

NOAA and its partners just released Implementing the Steps to Resilience: A Practitioner’s Guide,  a free, practical  guide to help communities and local governments incorporate climate risk and equity into their decision-making processes as they work on local climate resilience issues. This handbook offers a significant new resource for those implementing the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s Steps…

Billion-Dollar Disasters in 2022

Billion-Dollar Disasters in 2022

As of October 2022, the U.S. experienced 15 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters well above the historical average of seven events per year. The 15 weather-related events amounted to $29.3B but this does not reflect the full toll on the communities impacted – significant indirect costs due to public health complications, scarcity of food and…

ProJo Oped: To Win federal climate funds, RI must plan for it

ProJo Oped: To Win federal climate funds, RI must plan for it

The 730 pages of the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act include a veritable smorgasbord of climate policy initiatives. Looking for “clean energy” and transportation electrification incentives to transform our economy? They’re in there. Methane and greenhouse gas reduction programs? Yes indeed. What about environmental justice? The IRA includes $9 billion to address climate-related public health disparities; negative…