Dr. Yaser Abunnasr, associate professor LDEM, published his book, co-authored with Elisabeth M. Hamin Infield and Robert Rayan. The book Planning for Climate Change: Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities, is an innovative reader that brings together the topics of climate adaptation and green infrastructure to encourage a more hopeful perspective on the great challenge by exploring these subjects and potential local solutions.
The book provides an overview of the large volume of interdisciplinary literature that exits regarding the substance and process of urban climate change planning and design. It uses the most important articles from the last 15 years to engage readers and help in understanding problems and finding solutions to the increasingly critical issue of climate change.
The particular focus addresses the impacts of climate change in urban and suburban environments: what actions can be taken and the need for and process of climate planning. Strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for adapting to future climates are explored. Many of the emerging best practices in this field involve improving urban and regional green infrastructure to provide better on-site storm water management, more urban greening (to address excess heat), and zoning for regional patterns of open space and public transportation corridors. These actions may also improve current public health and livability in cities, bringing both short and long term benefits.