The great American adaptation road trip

Kirsten and Allie have taken to the road on a three month journey across their country to visit towns, cities, rural areas, and national parks, looking for stories of how people are using technology to adapt to the already-feltĀ  impacts of climate change. They hope these stories will help bridge the gap between existing research and the often overlooked practical adaptations people are already implementing.

The most recent post looks at a smart stormwater solution in Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan. The newly structured utility raises $5 million for the city annually, which it can spend on pipe and infrastructure maintenance, but also on larger projects, such as a wetland stormwater retention area. It also funds the urban tree project, where the city hopes to increase its tree canopy cover (which currently stands at 32%), shading the city and helping keep temperatures down.