FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities

The 2017 FAU Incubator Final Report

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The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is a program that provides mayors and municipal leaders in South Florida the opportunity to draw upon experts for creative and attainable solutions to local problems. The process allows community leaders a safe space to hash out ideas with input from our team of experts, who assist with visioning creative solutions and identifying next steps in resolving issues.

At the end of the process, the mayor and key leaders depart with the group’s short and long-term recommended actions, strategies for accomplishing those actions, and a renewed sense of optimism for implementation in their community. FAU delivers a final report and can meet with the mayor and city leaders to discuss next steps towards implementation. Download the 2017 FAU Incubator Report.

 

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2017 FAU Incubator Participants

"The 2017 Florida Atlantic University Incubator for Sustainable and Resilient Communities allowed us to focus in on one neighborhood on the front lines of sea level rise and develop ideas that do so much more than simply solve a problem. The suggestions resulting from the incubator not only will help alleviate the burden of flooding but they do so while at the same time addressing other areas that are important for a sustainable and resilient community. The solutions enhance the natural environment and environmental quality, incorporate mobility, increase economic opportunity, and create value that will benefit the entire City, not just the neighborhood in question." -- Read the full text: Mayor Levy's letter to FAUMayor Josh Levy
"Florida Atlantic University’s 2017 Incubator for Sustainable and Resilient Communities addressed two examples of the new normal facing cities in South Florida. First, a city must grow all segments of its community in new ways that create equitable opportunities for not only existing industries but also residents. An Innovation Hub is one way to address that need. Second is Climate Change...Communities, specifically those on the coast, are considering all strategies for handling sea level rise and other climate related challenges. Cities are leading the way in to a sustainable and resilient future."-- Read the full text: Mayor Muoio's letter to FAUMayor Jeri Muoio

Incubating Solutions to Community Challenges

FAU's Fall 2017 issue of Owl Research & Innovation highlights the FAU Incubator

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Local communities challenged by the effects of climate change and aging neighborhoods are getting expert input thanks to FAU’s new Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities.

The incubator is a forum for developing action plans to address complex land use and infrastructure problems. It links the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, directed by John Renne, Ph.D., and the Florida Center for Environmental Studies, headed by Colin Polsky, Ph.D.

The stakes are high: Florida’s 8,436-mile coastline hosts a population of 14.4 million. Coastal hazards cost the state $43 billion from 1980 to 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.

West Palm Beach and Hollywood city officials, resource experts, and FAU faculty and staff recently gathered to conduct site visits and brainstorm short- and long-term solutions. READ MORE >