Business Perspective on Climate Change and Infrastructure. Lynette Cardoch, Ph.D. MWH Americas, Inc. Supervising Scientist, Sustainable Development. 4 th Assessment Report (2007). Future Warming Certain 1.8 o C to 4.0 o C Snow cover to contract Sea ice to shrink
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
Business Perspective on Climate Change and Infrastructure
Lynette Cardoch, Ph.D.
MWH Americas, Inc.
Supervising Scientist, Sustainable Development
Tebaldi et al 2006
Tebaldi et al 2006
April 2, 2007: EPA must reconsider their refusal to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions
“EPA has offered no reasoned explanation for its refusal to decide whether greenhouse gases cause or contribute to climate change,''
Justice John Paul Stevens (majority)
Atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (red) Fedorov et al. Science 312, 1485 (2006)
“The debate is over. The science is in. The time to act is now.”
California Governor Schwarzenegger
"Global warming threatens our health, our economy, our natural resources, and our children's future. It is clear we must act. "
New York Governor Spitzer
With almost 1,200 miles of coastline and the majority of our citizens living near that coastline, Florida is more vulnerable to rising ocean levels and violent weather patterns than any other state. Florida Governor Charlie Crist
1. Hurricane Katrina; floods, damage to levees and oil rigs (2005)
2. Hurricane Andrew (1992)
3. Terror attack on WTC (2001)
4. Northridge earthquake (M 6.6) (1994)
5. Hurricane Ivan; damage to oil rigs (2004)
6.Hurricane Rita; floods, damage to oil rigs (2005)
7. Hurricane Wilma; torrential rain, floods (2005)
8. Hurricane Charley (2004)
Extracted from The 40 most costly insurance losses 1970–2005, SwissRe.com
Miami-Dade Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant
MWH Sunrise MBR Pilot Plant
US and worldwide: about 10 % of generated electricity goes to water/wastewater pumping, and treatment
Excessively expensive, high embedded energy, high operational energy, high carbon footprint!
Assess adaptation strategies
Optimize Energy Use -
Daylighting and Energy Efficiency can be modeled for optimal performance
Recycled Content -
Materials selected based on Life Cycle Cost comparisons
Build conventional buildings
Build LEED certified “green” buildings
Build housing developments
Build sustainable, multi-use communities (“smart growth”); lowers transport use
Design and build conventional highways
Employ context-sensitive transportation design, multimodal transportation;
Use off-the-grid energy and water supplies
Obtain energy from renewable sources. Water usage reduction, recycling.
Use conventional construction materials
Use recycled materials – now much more economically feasible and available
Design for constructability, utility
Design for constructability, utility, flexibility, deconstruction, reuse; Lifecycle analysis -C2G
Send construction waste to landfills
Extensive recycling of construction wastes (50-75%) -- Landfills do much now; LEED stds. available for contractor use on-site
“For far-sighted companies, the environment may turn out to be the biggest opportunity for enterprise and invention the industrial world has ever seen.”
– The Economist
Emerging Political and Business Consciences for Action