Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy

JIE's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program (IREP) conducts research and analysis for federal, state, non-profit, and private-sector clients on the impacts of urbanization and other stresses. This includes research on infrastructure development, infrastructure financing, energy policy, urban planning and the role of public-private partnerships, transportation policy, climate response, mitigation and adaptation, environmental sustainability, and water resources management and coastal protection.

Featured Research and Centers

Selected News & Publications

  • Report

    What Role Does the Private Sector Have in Supporting Disaster Recovery?

    May 18, 2016

    The changing scope and scale of disasters have altered the ways in which disaster management and financing are addressed. Businesses and nonprofit organizations are increasingly central to the process, offering critical support in immediate disaster response but also contributing necessary redevelopment funding that supports community recovery.

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    ENGAGED Toolkit: Improving the Role of NGOs in Disaster Response and Recovery

    Apr 18, 2016

    The ENGAGED toolkit assists public health and emergency planners and NGO stakeholders, including voluntary associations, philanthropic organizations, advocacy groups, community groups, and businesses, in determining capacity and capability for disaster response and recovery.

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    Exploring Funding Allocations to Best Support Louisiana's Flood Risk and Resilience

    Mar 1, 2016

    States that have recently experienced a presidentially declared major disaster can apply for funds through the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition. For Louisiana's application, RAND provided a quantitative analysis of baseline flood risks under different amounts of investment in three parishes.

  • Journal Article

    Current and Future Flood Risk in Greater New Orleans

    Oct 20, 2015

    Since Hurricane Katrina, efforts to improve coastal defenses have significantly reduced the flood risk for New Orleans, but that risk may increase in the future unless levees are maintained or further upgraded.

  • Research Brief

    Aligning Education and Training to Meet Energy Workforce Needs

    Aug 31, 2015

    Energy-sector employers in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania report having difficulty filling semiskilled jobs. And the sector's technology is changing quickly. How can the region's leaders improve the workforce-development pipeline?

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    Measuring the Resilience of Energy Distribution Systems

    Apr 24, 2015

    The U.S. economy depends on reliable and affordable distribution of energy, but distribution systems are vulnerable to disruption. If energy infrastructure is to become more resilient, better use of metrics will be crucial to guiding planning and evaluating progress.

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    Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Jan 26, 2015

    RAND researchers and collaborators present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making (RDM) is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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    Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    At this June 2014 event, part of our Conversations at RAND series, a panel of experts discusses ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

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    Comprehensive Framework Aims to Help Policymakers Increase Coastal Resilience to Rising Seas, Storm Surge

    Feb 19, 2014

    The RAND planning approach and tools that were successfully used to develop Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan can be applied in other coastal areas to increase resilience to coastal threats and address ecosystem degradation.

  • Research Brief

    How RAND Supported the Development of Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan

    Dec 12, 2013

    To plan the rebuilding of the Louisiana coastline, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority used a new analytic approach, developed in part by RAND, that incorporates results from state-of-the-art predictive models within a decision tool to formulate and compare alternatives and visualize outcomes and trade-offs for policymakers and stakeholders.