August 10, 2016

Resilient Miami: Hope, mangroves and stilts

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After hearing so many times that Miami is ground zero for potential impacts from sea level rise, I finally decided it was time to stop ignoring the images of water bubbling up from the drains after big storms, and start looking for the highest (not man-made) point in the region. Once located, my next step […]

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May 24, 2016

Housing Providers Strategize on Ambitious Energy Goals

This month I attended the third annual Better Buildings Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of America’s most influential commercial and industrial energy efficiency leaders came together to share the latest, most innovative, and most effective solutions to cut energy waste and carbon emissions from our nation’s commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.  There, I […]

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December 18, 2015

How the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts Poverty

On Saturday December 13, 2015, 196 nations reached an historic agreement to work together to curb global warming. I had the privilege of attending the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, as part of the U.S. Government delegation, representing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and returned energized by […]

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July 29, 2015

The Greening of Jefferson Avenue, Richmond Virginia

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On June 9, I attended a kick-off event for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greening America’s Capitals award of technical assistance to the City of Richmond. The goal of the three-day event was to gather input from community stakeholders to improve pedestrian and bicyclist mobility and safety along the Jefferson Avenue corridor in the Union […]

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July 20, 2015

Powering a Brighter Future in Public Housing

In 2013, President Obama put forth the Climate Action Plan and established an ambitious goal of reaching 100MW of on-site renewable energy capacity serving federally subsidized housing projects across the country by 2020.  Last week, the White House announced a series of additional initiatives designed to further increase access to renewable energy and ensure that […]

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