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Mayor Ken Welch and St. Petersburg City Council Chair Gina Driscoll at the Innovation District's Smart City Showcase Tuesday. Photos by Mark Parker.

Smart City Showcase highlights innovative problem-solving in St. Pete

Under the St. Petersburg Innovation District’s leadership, members of academia, local government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector are now utilizing new technology to help solve the city’s challenges.

March 23, 2022Resiliency News

BIPOC Youth Learn Map-Making to Build Disaster Resilience

BIPOC Youth Learn Map-Making to Build Disaster Resilience

Because natural disasters disproportionately affect underserved communities, middle school students in Savannah, Ga., are learning to use mapping tools to design infrastructure changes that could protect their neighborhoods.

February 14, 2022Resiliency News

‘Living Shoreline’ being built on St. Pete waterfront to protect area from continued erosion

‘Living Shoreline’ being built on St. Pete waterfront to protect area from continued erosion

Volunteers are working to build a “living shoreline” along an area of Lassing Park in St. Pete to help protect and restore the waterfront.

December 15, 2021Resiliency News

When New York floods, this ‘living street’ stays dry

When New York floods, this ‘living street’ stays dry

A new model for street design in the age of post-climate-change storms manages the water instead of trying—and failing—to keep it away.

November 10, 2021Resiliency News

Pew Applauds Belizes Ambitious Commitment to Protect Coastal Wetlands

Pew Applauds Belizes Ambitious Commitment to Protect Coastal Wetlands

Plan signals growing global interest in nature-based solutions to climate change.

September 2, 2021Resiliency News

Education endeavor born from pandemic

Education endeavor born from pandemic

STEAM Forward! Academy team members display their Pacific Ocean mazes. The workshop was led by resident oceanographer, Regina Easley.

September 1, 2021Resiliency News

5 Ways the Infrastructure Bill Would Improve America’s Flood Resilience

5 Ways the Infrastructure Bill Would Improve America’s Flood Resilience

The $1 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill passed Aug. 10 by the Senate contains disaster and flood-resilience provisions of historic proportions.

August 17, 2021Resiliency News

Climate change will make heat even deadlier for outdoor workers, study says

Climate change will make heat even deadlier for outdoor workers, study says

Florida’s 2 million outdoor workers — more than 20 percent of its workforce — will be at greater risk of losing their lives and $8.4 billion in total annual earnings.

August 17, 2021Resiliency News

African Descendants Have Stake in Saving U.S. Southeast Salt Marshes

African Descendants Have Stake in Saving U.S. Southeast Salt Marshes

Chieftess of Gullah/Geechee Nation supports new initiative to protect a million acres.

July 12, 2021Resiliency News

Underserved, Underwater: Mapping a Future

Underserved, Underwater: Mapping a Future

Making the North Carolina coast more resilient to the effects of climate change.

March 8, 2021Resiliency News

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