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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signs Resilient Houston plan Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle
Houston has been deluged by six major flooding events in the last five years, including Tropical Storm Imelda last September — five of which resulted in federal disaster declarations. Now, in order to turn the page and get ahead of these disasters, the City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the plan “addresses resiliency at five scales — people, neighborhoods, bayous, the city and the region — and sets 18 targets, along with a corresponding set of 62 actions to make those happen.” Not all the actions are new, but the plan provides a structure to ensure coordination across the city government. Here are some of the major actions the plan calls for:
expanding the “Complete Communities” program that currently covers 10 historically underserved neighborhoods to provide “access to quality affordable homes, jobs, well-maintained parks, improved streets…”
A new study by leading economists and scientists released yesterday makes a strong case for conserving at least 30% of the planet by demonstrating that investing in nature as opposed to using it up yields significantly better economic results as well as saving money that would otherwise be spent on the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Why This Matters: Since it is TBT I (Monica) will harken back to 1992’s political mantra — “it’s the economy, stupid.”
In its annual Sustainability Report, Ford Motors made several key pledges in addition to the promise to be carbon neutral as a company by 2050. In addition, they will use 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy for all manufacturing plants globally by 2035, aspire to achieve zero air emissions from our facilities, only use recycled and renewable plastics in our vehicles globally and eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by 2030, and achieve true zero waste to landfill across our operations, among other social responsibility commitments.
Why This Matters: Other car companies have focused on products — Daimler Chrysler, VW, and Tesla come to mind.
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