Toward a Common Policy Agenda for Clean, Climate-Resilient and Equitable Infrastructure Investments

Toward a Common Policy Agenda for Clean, Climate-Resilient and Equitable Infrastructure Investments

Organizer: 
Rachel Cleetus
Union of Concerned Scientists
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 7
Session Type: 
Working Group
Abstract: 

A reliable, safe and equitable infrastructure system is the backbone of a healthy economy, public safety, and quality of life. Climate change and extreme weather events are increasingly threatening already strained infrastructure systems across the nation. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of participants from various sectors (e.g., energy, transportation, water), disciplines and perspectives to: 1) develop a common set of criteria for clean, climate resilient infrastructure that benefits all communities and then 2) apply those criteria to evaluate policy proposals across several sectors with direct relevance to potential federal and state infrastructure investment packages. Speakers will kick off the conversation by presenting several sets of principles from a science-based and equity perspective. Organizers will identify opportunities for building a collaborative framework with a common policy agenda informed by the perspectives of this diverse group of participants.

Co-organizers:

Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jamesine Rogers Gibson, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jacqui Patterson, NAACP