The SAGE research group in an NSF funded interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks to remove barriers to the selection of more climate resilient and greener infrastructure. The goal of the project is to increase co-learning on resilient infrastructure between the US Northeast and the Caribbean, and ultimately create better community outcomes from hazards. Based on three years of working together, we identified a key barrier as decision processes that come only from one discipline and that do not holistically integrate broader social concerns. The group has developed a simple but thorough approach to evaluating infrastructure projects across a range of technical, social, and environmental criteria.
We are interested in assisting host communities in considering their options for the important task of developing more resilient infrastructure.
Goal: Assist host community in creatively evaluating one or two proposed infrastructure projects, with expectation that the evaluation team will have design and process suggestions for improving proposals.
Team: We would bring a team of 8 to 10 experts from the fields of engineering, policy, planning, landscape architecture, ecology and decision sciences to the host site. All participants will either hold a PhD or have extensive practice experience in their field. Two PhD students from UMass Amherst will facilitate/record the workshops for their own research purposes.
Product: The host will receive a report within three weeks of the meeting detailing the findings of the team. The report will show our evaluation of existing proposals based on the SAGE Adaptive Gradients framework, as well as suggestions for improving designs and related policy.
Are you interested in hosting a SAGE site visit? Please contact Elisabeth Hamin for more information.