Climate Change & Resilience

Introduction 

Urban parks and green infrastructure (GI) play a significant role in climate change through education, mitigation and adaptation. Parks are also critical infrastructure for urban resilience. In addition to the immense challenge posed by climate change, cities around the world face shocks and stressors of all kinds daily. Parks may not be able to solve all of these problems, but they are key to inclusive, resilient and regenerative urban development.

World Urban Parks' Climate Change and Resilience committee convenes a multidisciplinary group from around the planet to advise cities and share:

  • Best practices and guidelines to build or renovate urban parks with resilient design
  • Best practices and guidelines to increase community resilience and social equity 
  • Quantification of urban parks positive impact on climate change, such as carbon sequestration, conservation of local biodiversity
  • Measuring the social health and wellbeing impact of parks infrastructure and programming
  • Indicators for all of the aspects considered above that will help cities establish a baseline of present conditions and assess their improvements.

For more, see the Climate Change and Resilience Policy Statement. Want to help make urban parks more resilient?

Committee Chair

Kevin is Senior Parks Superintendent with Fingal County Council in Dublin Ireland with responsibility for providing strategic direction and introducing policy initiatives relating to Parks, Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation.  He is the current President of the Irish Landscape Institute and Chair of World Urban Parks Europe Committee.  Kevin’s career as a Landscape Architect and Environmental Engineer spans 35 years working in local government in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Kevin has a keen interest in and advocates for the use of Ecosystem Services and Nature Based Solutions to address the challenges of increasing urbanisation.

 

Executive Officer

Executive Officer, Gavin White, is from Mars (a small town in Pennsylvania, U.S.A). He lives and works in nearby Pittsburgh. As the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Community Projects Manager, Gavin combines on-the-ground building experience with a passion for public engagement to ensure resident-driven park plans become built projects that provide community and ecological benefits. Most recently, he’s been organizing residents and policymakers to solve one of the city’s major challenges – stormwater management in a changing climate – through the design and installation of green infrastructure in urban parks.
 
Gavin can be reached at [email protected]

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If you are interested in joining the Climate Change & Resilience Committee please contact the Executive Officer, Gavin White at [email protected]