Climate change mitigation and adaptation planning are typically treated as separate efforts. Yet there are measures that yield both climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits, what CCAP refers to as “Green Resilience”. In this webinar, Steve Winkelman provided examples of Green Resilience measures in the energy, transportation and water sectors. He summarized the benefits of Green Resilience including:
- Increased return on investments in mitigation, adaptation and infrastructure,
- Increased revenue sources for implementation, and
- Enhanced climate benefits of infrastructure investments.
Steve shared also thoughts on how Green Resilience measures can help advance implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions and attract climate finance such as through the Green Climate Fund.
Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is a not for profit, non governmental and research and academic organization established in 1985 with the mission to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policy-makers and stakeholders worldwide. CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
Steve Winkelman, Director of the Adaptation and Transportation Programs at CCAP, has more than 20 years of experience in sustainable transportation, urban planning, clean energy, climate policy, and critical infrastructure resilience. Steve has assisted leading local governments to “Ask the Climate Question” when making critical infrastructure and land use decisions. He researches and promotes advance “Green Resilience” measures that reduce GHGs and enhance climate resilience, thereby increasing return on climate and infrastructure investments. Steve has led expert workshops on transportation and climate adaptation for NOAA and critical infrastructure resilience for Washington DC.
Steve led the development of the successful Colombia Transit Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA €14.7 million proposal to the NAMA Facility, and leads delivery of technical cooperation in partnership with FINDETER, the Colombian national development bank. He has authored several papers on transportation NAMAs, including a series on Data and Capacity Building Needs and an “MRV” evaluation framework for tracking progress while promoting sustainable development. Steve is co-author of Growing Wealthier and of Growing Cooler, which assess environmental and economic benefits of smart growth and sustainable urban transportation. Steve developed the CCAP Transportation Emissions Guidebook and successfully focused policy attention on the climate benefits of reducing travel demand, popularized with his phrase, “Sidewalks are as sexy as hybrids.”
Steve is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Steve lives in Montréal, Canada.