Climate Resiliency

Significant investments in infrastructure and development are threatened by climate change. Sea level rise, increased storm intensity and rising global temperatures increase risk to our communities. While we are observing these changes today, the details of the long-term threats such as total depth of sea level rise are difficult to accurately predict. For example, will sea level rise in 2050 be 1 or 3 feet? In 2100, will it be 3 or 7 feet? Since the expected life cycle for infrastructure and development investments is more than 50 years, these investments need to be resilient to these future changes.

The Issue

While we are observing these changes climate changes today, the details of the long-term threats such as total depth of sea level rise are difficult to accurately predict. For example, will sea level rise in 2050 be 1 or 3 feet? In 2100, will it be 3 or 7 feet? Since the expected life cycle for infrastructure and development investments is more than 50 years, these investments need to be resilient to these future changes.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Our team provides a wide range of engineering and science services to help our clients protect their investments from future climate change impacts. These services range from developing flood control programs ranging from watersheds to neighborhoods, developing alternative sources of energy such as solar developments and microgrid systems, providing flood protection for existing buildings and utilities, addressing water quality impacts to water supplies and recreational waters, and implementing green infrastructure in urban neighborhoods to both reduce flooding and reduce heat impacts.

Our strength is working with clients to develop hybrid techniques that utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to develop designs that cost-effectively improve project resilience. A good example of multi-disciplinary approaches is to incorporate natural systems into traditional gray infrastructure in order to make the systems more resilient to change. The value of natural systems is that they can naturally adjust to changes in conditions, require substantially less maintenance as well as provide a number of indirect impacts such as improving shade and habitat. These hybrid approaches not only make infrastructure and development more resilient but they also can significantly reduce capital and maintenance costs.

Fuss & O'Neill Sustainability Policy

Climate and Sustainability Leadership Team

Fuss & O’Neill‘s Climate and Sustainability Leadership Team guides our practice in climate adaptation and mitigation,
as well as services that support sustainability goals and objectives for our public and private sector clients.

Diane Mas, Ph.D., RS/REHS, CC-P
Chief Resilience Officer
dmas@fando.com
Diane leads company-wide climate resilience services, is responsible for developing and implementing our Sustainability Policy, and provides technical support in water resources, health, and climate change.

Dean Audet, PE
Senior Vice President | Business Line Leader
daudet@fando.com
Dean leads our flood resilience practice, and identifies resilience funding solutions for clients whiles supporting our nature-based solutions and green infrastructure projects.

Kevin Sullivan, PE
Vice President | Office Manager
ksullivan@fando.com
Kevin leads our alternative and renewable energy practice and is part of Fuss & O’Neill’s Net Zero Services Team.

Sara Morrison, MLA, WEDG
Business Line Manager – Climate Adaptation
smorrison@fando.com
Sara leads our practice in coastal design and adaptation, living shorelines, and nature-based solutions to reduce climate impacts and maximize community benefits and return on investment.

Robert May, Jr.
Senior Vice President | Business Line Leader
rmay@fando.com
Bob leads our Net Zero Services Team and focuses on increasing resilience and sustainability through building retrofits and design.

Stephanie White, RLA, CNU-A, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager | Landscape Architect
swhite@fando.com
Stephanie leads our green roof design practice and supports the integration of resilient and sustainable landscape design into projects across our business lines.

 

Eileen Gunn, AICP
Associate | Business Line Leader
egunn@fando.com
Eileen focuses on resilient transportation systems and supports our clients seeking resilience funding at the state and federal level.

 

Arnold Robinson, AICP, NCI, WEDG
Associate | Regional Planning Director
arobinson@fando.com
Arnold leads our community planning services related to sustainable growth and climate resilient planning.

Julianne Busa, Ph.D., CSE
Project Manager | Senior Resilience Scientist
jbusa@fando.com
Julie leads our inland resilience restoration practice and directs our Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program initiative.

Timothy St. Germain, PE
Senior Vice President | Business Line Leader
tgermain@fando.com
Tim leads our engineering design & compliance services focused on water reduction, supporting the sustainability goals of public, industrial, commercial & institutional clients.

Erik Mas, PE
Vice President | Business Line Manager
emas@fando.com
Erik leads our watershed and green infrastructure resilience and adaptation planning and design services.

Adam Barbash, PE, CHMM
Vice President | Department Manager
abarbash@fando.com
Adam leads our engineering & compliance services related to waste reduction and supports greenhouse gas inventory and assessment projects for public, industrial, commercial & institutional clients.

We have developed a Climate Resiliency Resource Center, an online reference center providing state-specific and regional technical information resources. These resources can be used to assess climate vulnerability based on current projections of anticipated change over the current century and provide guidance on appropriate design criteria for projects.

Visit our Climate Resiliency Resource Center

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Contact Us

  • Call us toll free at 800-286-2469
    146 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040