Tools Resilience and Adaptation

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Sustainability Tools for Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation

Climate change will be an important driver for businesses over the coming years. Most businesses would need to find answers to some crucial questions to continue their business in a sustainable way, such as:

  • How climate change will impact the region(s) where you operate/
  • What are the potential impacts of such changes on your industry/sector?
  • What are the established benchmarking systems and best practices amongst your peers and competitors? 
  • How to present a business case for managing your climate risk exposure: regulatory, customer, and investor trends/changes for the next 5-10 year?

Climate Change and Public Health 

From heat waves to floods, from poor air quality to the spread of vector-borne disease like Zika, many climate hazards translate directly into measurable adverse effects on human health. Four Twenty Seven, a company dedicated to building climate resilience through social innovation, creates and gathers the best resources and tools designed to help the healthcare sector plan for the impacts of climate change. One examples is: 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2016 was the hottest year so far. The global average surface temperature of 58.69°F was the highest since recording began in 1880, or 1.69°F above the 20th century average. It was also the third year in a row that the record has been broken and 2017 is seeing a continuation of the global warming trend with record-breaking heat in many part of the United States in February.

Heat and Social Inequity in the United States

Heat and Social Inequity in the United StatesFour Twenty Seven has developed a series of maps that examines one of the most significant public health risks posed by climate change: heat vulnerability. This free tool can be used to discuss climate change impacts on public health with doctors, nurses and other professionals in the healthcare sector, to bolster to community engagement and long-term adaptation planning and is now featured on NOAA’s Climate Resilience Toolkit. A few of their tools and projects  are discussed below. 

California Heat & Health Project

As part of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, Four Twenty Seven is working with project partners to develop an interactive tool that will inform long-term planning efforts to communicate the urgency of and mitigate the public health impacts of extreme heat across the state. 427 released a report on the literature review and user needs assessment performed to understand how the tool should be designed to improve efforts most effectively in all California regions.

Denver Health and Climate Vulnerability 

Denver Heat MapWorking with Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, Four Twenty Seven developed a heat and Health Vulnerability Index and Story Map to illustrate the spatial patterns of vulnerability to extreme heat within the City of Denver. The interactive story map will help policymakers and community groups determine which areas and communities are most vulnerable and assess how the built environment, demographic factors, and elements of human health contribute to neighborhood-level vulnerabilities.

San Francisco Flood Vulnerability

San Francisco Flood Vulnerability Map In San Francisco, local flood inundation coupled with extreme storms is projected to have a direct impact on health outcomes in the city. The most likely health impacts related to flood include physical injuries, waterborne illnesses, respiratory illnesses, vector-borne disease, and food-borne illnesses. Our interactive story map illustrates how flood inundation and extreme storms may affect public health, with a specific focus on vulnerable communities.

Four Twenty Seven (427) has developed a series of maps that examines heat vulnerability: one of the most significant public health risks posed by climate change: These maps combine projections from global climate models with socioeconomic indicators of heat vulnerability to compare the complex and interconnected components of heat risk and resilience by county in the U.S. The maps can be used to discuss climate change impacts on public health with doctors, nurses and other professionals in the healthcare sector. Public health officials can focus on a county of interest and identify key drivers of vulnerability as a starting point for planning and evaluation. The maps can also be used to engage the community and help improve preparedness ahead of heat events in the short- and long-term. The application contains five interactive maps. The first four maps explores the determinants of heat vulnerability that compose a county’s vulnerability to heat. The fifth map displays a new composite indicator developed by 427, the “Heat Vulnerability Score,” to help identify counties most vulnerable to negative health impacts due to extreme heat.  

Climate Resilience Tool (CREST) : Fortune 100 Companies 

CREST is designed for Fortune 500 companies and corporations with hundreds of facilities, including manufacturing plants, data centers, local branches, or high-value storage facilities. It also assists businesses concerned with continuity of service, operational costs, or rising insurance costs and legal liability. The tool leverages the best available climate models and scans for key climate-related risks across different facilities and maps each facility’s exposure to extreme weather events, gradual temperature or precipitation changes, economic and social vulnerability and other climate-related disruptions, and quickly identifies the most-at-risk facilities. The deliverables are  

  • Online dashboard providing full access to all underlying data, metrics, and indicators
  • Compelling visuals, maps and charts displaying key risk indicators and locations
  • Analytical report presenting results, hotspots, trends, and recommendations
  • In-person workshop to discuss key findings and recommendations
  • Hotline – call our climate risk analysts with questions

About the Organization 

Four Twenty Seven was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in California in the San Francisco Bay Area. The name Four Twenty Seven is a reference to California’s 2020 emissions target, 427 million tonnes of carbon.