FIGURE 1. Climate change impacts by U.S. region, 2014 National Climate Assessment.
Source: CDM Smith, based on data presented in the 2014 National Climate Assessment.
District energy a key to creating
resiliency-related concepts and techniques
to district energy projects has proven to
greatly benefit communities throughout
the United States.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS INTENSIFY
Climate change is a global phenom-
enon, with the impacts felt locally. The
extent and severity of climate change
impacts vary depending on geographic
location. The National Climate Assess-
ment, developed by U.S. scientists and
experts in climate change, evaluates what
these regional impacts may be, based
on peer-reviewed literature and global
climate models. Figure 1 illustrates the
Extreme weather events have recently
presented challenges for the nation’s
energy systems, driving resiliency to the
forefront of national conversation. The
lack of durable energy infrastructure can
affect crucial aspects of a city, including
its emergency response, economy and the
well-being of residents. District energy is
part of the solution, offering an opportu-
nity for regional, municipal and campus
infrastructure stakeholders and owners to
build resilience into their energy systems
while reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
depending on the fuel source. Applying
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Boilers raised above the 500-year flood plain at a hospital plant.
With climate change impacts increasing, systems help cities and campuses prepare.
Matthew T. Goss, PE, PMP, CEM, CEA, CDSM, LEED AP (BD+C), Vice President/Technical Strategy Leader – Infrastructure &
Energy, CDM Smith; and Lauren M. Miller, Principal, Climate Change Services, and Environmental Scientist, CDM Smith