Curbed Los Angeles quotes Dr. John L. Renne in their article What’s the best way to evacuate Los Angeles? In reference to our auto-dependency, Renne observed that “Evacuations in some ways point out the major flaws in the system that we have on a day-to-day basis.” The article examines how the demographics of fire victims, including the elderly and carless populations, mirrors that of other disasters. Read the article
John L. Renne, associate professor and director of CUES, was featured in an interview about his research focusing on planning for natural disasters and the needs of carless residents. Read the interview in TransfersMagazine.org
CUES Professional Affiliate Josh Sawislak, AICP, was quoted in an article “Charleston-area cities confront flooding in different ways. That’s making it worse.” by Abigail Darlington in the Post and Courier. Read more
by Josh Sawislak, CUES Professional Affiliate
via C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Both climate mitigation and climate adaptation (resilience) must be achieved for all of us to prosper and for many of us to just survive.
In the 2004 Sci-Fi disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change triggers a global catastrophe whose scale and speed reflect Hollywood’s desire for a good show a little more than the scientific goal of accuracy. Read more
An article that was published on September 14, 2018 in Wired, “WHEN IT’S TIME TO EVACUATE, CITIES STRUGGLE TO HELP THOSE WHO CAN’T DRIVE,” features Dr. John L. Renne’s research on evacuating vulnerable populations and provides a link to a recent paper he published.
This work, which compares evacuation planning for vulnerable populations in the UK and US was made possible through support and affiliation from the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Last spring we had TSU Director and Professor Tim Schwanen speak at FAU and I visited Oxford again in May to conduct interviews for a book I’m writing. Tim and I are also working on an MOU between Oxford and FAU to continue our collaborations.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“When you’re trying to plan for vulnerable populations, it’s really a local sort of activity,” says John Renne, who studies urban planning and disaster management at Florida Atlantic University. “It’s really hard to do that from a federal or state level. It’s not something you can do on a moment’s notice. These sorts of things take time.”
The issue, he says, is that many local governments feel ill-equipped to do that work. In one recent paper, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Renne interviewed emergency managers in the UK and in five major American cities, and found even those in big metros like Miami, New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans were “realistic about the shortcomings of their plans.”
While national agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide technical assistance and funding, and state governments often invest resources into robust emergency planning, Renne has found that many local governments don’t know to take advantage. Meanwhile, scientists project that storms are only getting worse, with climate change creating slower-moving monstrosities that will dump more rain. And the carless population is only set to grow in the coming years, as more than 70 million baby boomers age out of driving.”
In his interview with the Biscayne Times, CUES Director John Renne commented on the impact of Brightline for commuters. “It’s going to be a game-changer for people who want to go back and forth between the downtown areas,” he said. Read the article
Dr. John L. Renne is featured in Curbed as quoted on NPR’s Here and Now, talking about Brightline, the private high-speed rail project delivering service to South Florida–which relates to his research into transit-oriented development. Read the article
Dr. John L. Renne is featured NPR’s Here and Now on 12/7/17 talking about Brightline, the private high-speed rail project delivering service to South Florida–which relates to his research into rail and economic development. Listen to the interview
When to shelter vs. evacuate and how–CUES Director John L. Renne shares his research on surviving an emergency with The Week https://buff.ly/2iygyTc
Florida Weekly’s Special Report on Planning in Florida featured input from two researchers at FAU’s School of Urban & Regional Planning. Read SURP Director Steven Bourassa’s thoughts on integrating land use and transportation regionally and CUES Director John Renne’s comments on transportation and growth.