The Economics of Green Infrastructure: Strategies for Flood Mitigation

As the climate continues to change, it is predicted that the Great Lakes region will see an increase in severe rain events which is likely to cause increased flooding in local communities. Understanding the cost of these flooding events, and how to help lessen and even prevent them, is a critical need for Great Lakes communities. This webinar will provide information about:

  • How economic information can be used to help communities understand and make more informed decisions about reducing the impacts of flooding
  • How green infrastructure can be an important tool to help reduce flooding
  • Case studies from three pilot areas in the Great Lakes: Green Bay, WI, Duluth, MN, and Toledo, OH

About the Speaker(s)

Jeff Adkins

Jeff Adkins

Jeff Adkins is an economist with the NOAA Coastal Services Center who promotes the use of economics by state and local governments and other coastal resources managers. Areas of interest include ocean economics, market and non-market values, and return on investment. Mr. Adkins has a MS degree in Water Resources Administration from Southern Illinois University and a BBA in Economics from Marshall University.

Lori Cary-Kothera

Lori Cary-Kothera

Lori Cary-Kothera is the Operations Manager for the Science and Geospatial Services Division at the NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. She works on a variety of projects helping local coastal resource agencies better utilize technologies including GIS and social media. Ms. Cary-Kothera has a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and a MS degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology

Nancy Cofer-Shabica

Nancy Cofer-Shabica

Nancy Cofer-Shabica is a physical scientist at NOAA’s Coastal Services Center focusing on coastal conservation and resilience planning applications and training. She leads projects to help diverse partners apply science and geospatial information for management and decision making. Ms. Cofer-Shabica holds an MS degree in Marine Geology and an MMA in Marine Affairs

Tashya Allen

Tashya Allen

Tashya Allen is a Coastal Hazards Specialist working for The Baldwin Group at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Her background is in community-based risk and vulnerability assessments. She also specializes in the development of decision support tools for hazards management and community resilience planning. Ms. Allen holds a BS in Geology from the College of Charleston

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