Jul 9, 2021
Publications from Community Health and Environmental Policy
Since the onset of COVID-19, RAND researchers contributed to four reports on the impact and response in nine communities (Finney Co., Harris Co., Milwaukee, Mobile, San Juan Co., Sanilac Co., Tacoma, Tampa, and White Plains) and four cross-community reports.
Incentivizing Solar: Catalyzing Solar Energy Technology Adoption to Address the Challenge of Climate Change 2021
The authors provide an overview of the U.S. solar energy market, the changes it has undergone, and the challenges that lie ahead as the broader energy system evolves. They identify federal incentives that are consistent with achieving deep decarbonization of the U.S. economy. They also explore the reliability and resiliency of solar power, its co-benefits for the jobs market, and its availability to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
Modeling the Impact of Social Distancing and Targeted Vaccination on the Spread of COVID-19 Through a Real City-Scale Contact Network 2021
Uses mobile device data to construct empirical interpersonal physical contact networks both before and after social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and investigates how the epidemic responds when part of the population is vaccinated.
Developing Future Projected Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves: A Technical Report on Data, Methods, and IDF Curves for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Virginia 2021
To support stormwater managers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Virginia in adapting to climate change, this study updated intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves, a common tool used for stormwater infrastructure design, to reflect future climate changes. These updated IDF curves are generated from the best-available science, which is described in this technical report, and are publicly available in an interactive online tool.
Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program 2021
This report summarizes the existing portfolio of relevant or related resilience measurement efforts and notes gaps and challenges associated with them.
This report recommends that the Executive Office of the President of the United States should consider establishing a task force to prevent rental evictions and mitigate housing instability caused by the pandemic.
This seasonal climate summary draws from a variety of scientific resources for the benefit of policymakers, practitioners, residents, and community leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This edition includes details on spring 2021 weather, regional climate trends, and the upcoming summer season. An interactive tool shows flooding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under historic and future climate.
Adapting to Adversity amid a Global Pandemic: Stakeholder Insights About Progress and Next Steps for Taking Integrative Action to Build Resilient Systems 2021
In 2020, the combination of an acute crisis — the global pandemic — and ongoing chronic stressors, such as historical structural inequities, caused multisystem failure in the United States. In this Perspective, the authors describe recommendations to continue advancing a 2016 integrative resilience agenda to guide research and practice.