Atlas of Disaster: Tracking Climate Disasters and Building Resilience Across the U.S.

Ninety percent of U.S. counties experienced a federal climate disaster between 2011-2021. Some counties were hit with as many as 12 disasters in that decade. In 2021, there were more than 20 separate disasters where damages rose above $1 billion—with 688 direct or indirect fatalities.

Join us for a lunchtime discussion, as Amy Chester, the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, shares about the Atlas of Disaster project. Assembled by a team of engineers, researchers, finance experts, data managers and volunteers, the digital atlas synthesizes data into a county-by-county map illustrating the extent and severity of climate impacts across the United States.

What can we learn from this information? How can this prepare localities to manage a pattern of increasing climate disasters?

Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Building 9-255
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Hosted by the MIT Climate Planning Forum, co-sponsored by EPP and IDG.

Questions? Contact: Kevin Hsu



About the Speaker: Amy Chester has spent more than 25 years in municipal policy, community engagement, real estate development and communications advocating for the built environment. As the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design (RBD), Chester led an international design-driven competition utilizing a truly inclusive and collaborative process, to create implementable large-scale infrastructure projects to address the physical and social vulnerabilities exposed by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast United States. The process resulted in $930 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement the winning designs, which have now attained $4.2 billion of investment. Since then, Rebuild by Design has transformed the competition’s collaborative approach into an organization that helps governments and communities replicate its success for a variety of scales in locations around the world to address climate change, transportation, housing, community collaboration and equity.

Chester previously worked for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor. Outside of her responsibilities at RBD, Chester co-founded the Resilience PAC to educate and elect candidates who prioritize climate resilience and has taught at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. (more)