What it's about:
When a disaster strikes, many people lose their homes - and some never return to them.
Rebuilding after a disaster in big cities can "price out" society’s poorest, leading to "climate gentrification", writes Michael Caballero, who is based in Miami.
Caballero calls for greater recognition of the potential of gentrification to displace marginalised people when designing new developments.
Instead, he suggests training and equipping local community developers to rebuild devastated communities, which would shut out speculators who arrive on the scene looking for business opportunities after a hurricane or flood.
Caballero’s #SmartMiami initiative trains minority and female-owned businesses in sustainable and resilient building accreditation, such as EcoDistricts, LEED Green Associates and LEED Neighborhood Developments.
Having this accreditation allows them to boost sustainable development locally, help communities become more resilient to climate change, stem gentrification and create jobs, he writes.
Florida’s first EcoDistricts accreditation programme has recently trained a cohort of 14 new professionals, he reports.
Why it's noteworthy:
Hurricane Irma shook the Florida Keys and Miami in September 2017. The disaster created a greater sense of urgency in the region to train and develop resilience practitioners to rebuild neighbourhoods and retain a sense of community cohesion.
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