COLUMBUS The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “A Tale of Two Cities: Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits in Toledo, Ohio and Duluth, Minn.” on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Lori Cary-Kothera and Tashya Allen from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will discuss two pilot projects that explored the economic benefits of green infrastructure to reduce flooding, next steps the cities are taking, and resources that can help other communities explore these topics.
The webinar and Q&A session will be held on June 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required – visit greatlakesclimate.com/upcomingwebinar to sign up.
The negative economic effects of flooding from extreme precipitation events, including preparation costs and the expenses related to damages, clean up, and business disruptions, are being experienced throughout the Great Lakes region. NOAA and its partners are working to help communities assess their vulnerabilities and develop solutions for future problems.
Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.
This webinar builds in part on a previous webinar, held in May 2013. A recording and the presentation slides can be reviewed at greatlakesclimate.com/2013-05-21, if desired.
Lori Cary-Kothera is the Operations Manager for the Science and Geospatial Services Division at the NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. She works on a variety of projects helping local coastal resource agencies better utilize technologies including GIS and social media. Ms. Cary-Kothera has a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and a MS degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.
Tashya Allen is a Coastal Hazards Specialist working for The Baldwin Group at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Her background is in community-based risk and vulnerability assessments. She also specializes in the development of decision support tools for hazards management and community resilience planning. Ms. Allen holds a BS in Geology from the College of Charleston.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.