Climate Change & Resilience
The effects of climate change will continue to impact natural ecosystems and built infrastructure throughout the 21st century.
We have been working with communities to plan for and directly address climate change impacts to protect people and resources in the face of rising sea levels, flooding hazards, increased heat and drought, wildfire hazards, coastal erosion, and more.
Global climate protection is rapidly becoming the most critical environmental challenge of the 21st century. ESA helps communities and institutions reduce greenhouse gas emissions through rigorous analysis, thoughtful planning, and effective stakeholder engagement.
ESA has long pioneered sustainability and climate change initiatives. We’ve helped clients eliminate or reduce waste, prevent pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore natural habitats, and conserve natural resources. As the depth and breadth of our technical capabilities has grown, we are increasingly focused on planning and designing resilient communities and habitats in the face of climate change.
ESA provides a range of services to help reduce emissions and plan for climate change, from project implementation and regional planning to policy guidance. We develop emissions inventories, technical studies, and comprehensive emissions reduction plans based on science and practical considerations for implementation. Our multidisciplinary practice is integrated with the rest of ESA’s services―it’s a core part of how we operate as we face the impending impacts of climate change.
Patricia Fonseca Flores, ASLA, LEED AP, has joined ESA as our new Sustainable Design Director. With her 15 years of landscape architecture experience managing landscape, urban design, and planning projects, Patricia will lead the firm’s sustainable design and develop community resilience strategies across all of our practice areas.
Most of the developed waterfronts in this part of the country have seawalls to protect the adjacent man-made infrastructure and transition from land to water. However, seawalls are vulnerable to water intrusion and have limited life spans. Many were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s and are in need of replacement. Read about Broward County’s approach to sea-level rise.
An interview with Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland, on the value of working with stakeholders to achieve a healthier environment.
Across the spectrum of climate hazards the impacts of climate change will fall hardest on those who are historically over-burdened and most susceptible, including the elderly, infants and children; people and communities of color; and people living in poverty.