The presentation focuses on equity in expenditure of flood control bond monies. Specific low-income neighborhoods in regularly flooded areas are at risk of not receiving equal benefit from public infrastructure improvements. There are a multitude of geopolitical influences, socioeconomic considerations, and topographical flood risk that create this potential inequity. This presentation focuses on theses issues, how the distribution of flood control bond monies can be affected by these issues, and how that distribution affects infrastructure improvements performance in flooding events.
Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and planner as well as Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department where he teaches environmental law and sustainable design. He is co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center at Rice and a faculty scholar at the Baker Institute and Director of the undergraduate minor in energy and water sustainability. Blackburn set aside active environmental litigation to concentrate on research and teaching and expand his planning practice through his firm, Sustainable Planning and Design.
Time and Location
URBAN (OPEN STUDIO 205)
9:50am - 10:40am
1.0 AIA HSW