Education course: Advancing climate resilience in the built environment

Angela DeRose, Georgia Kerkezis, and Paige McKnight
April 1, 2022

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Resilience in the built environment is becoming increasingly important, as we see extreme climate events affecting communities around the world more frequently. Warming temperatures, air pollution, weather events and other hazards pose grave risks to our social, economic and environmental systems. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, more than 30 million people globally were displaced in 2020 due to weather-related disasters like floods, droughts and wildfires. In 2021, the U.S. alone experienced 20 climate disasters with economic losses exceeding $140 billion.

GBCI published a new resource, "From Risk to Resilience," to provide an introduction to resilience in the built environment and help guide the green building community in using USGBC and GBCI programs to advance climate-resilient buildings, landscapes, power systems and communities.

The resource details select credits that promote resilience throughout various programs administered by USGBC and GBCI, including LEED, SITES and PEER.

Together, with concerted global action, we can mitigate climate risks, reduce vulnerability and improve the standard of living for all.

After reading the resource, take the quiz on USGBC's education platform to earn 1 CE credit.

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