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Integrating Equity Into Benefit-Cost Analysis of Flood Risk Management

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 4:00pm

Warren Hall, 401

Government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are required to make cost-benefit calculations about how to spend their funds mitigating and responding to disasters. Many of those calculations are based on factors like home value and replacement costs, which means that homeowners in working-class and minority neighborhoods end up receiving less flood protection and recovery support than wealthier, whiter neighborhoods.

Todd Gerarden (Dyson School) and Dave McLaughlin (EDF) will present on research supported by a 2021 Cornell Atkinson Innovation for Impact Fund Award: Addressing Equity in the Army Corps Cost-benefit Analysis Methodology for Flood Protection Infrastructure


This event is the first of two Sustainable Action Lectures presented by Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, followed by:


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Todd Gerarden (Dyson School) & Dave McLaughlin (EDF)

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