Document / Publication
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
This paper aims to support the building of resilient infrastructure by improving and accelerating the integration of climate-smart principles into public infrastructure decisions in California. The paper focuses on actions that the California government and state agency staff (including planners, engineers, procurement specialists, and public infrastructure investment managers) and state policymakers can take to advance climate-smart public infrastructure that is built to last.
This paper identifies several barriers to progress and makes recommendations for overcoming them that generally fall into three categories: (1) data, tools, and standards; (2) financial and economic assessments and investments; and (3) institutional capacity and good governance.
Policy recommendations in this paper are intentionally high level so that they can be applied and tailored to various contexts across different sectors and regions of the state. They are summarized below: