TRB Webinar: Transportation Impacts in Managing Retreat from High-Risk Areas

March 04, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
2.00 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 2.00 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

With the increase in occurrence and severity of natural disasters including wild fires, flooding, heat waves, and hurricanes, managed retreat has gained the attention of risk managers and public officials in high-hazard areas. What social and economic changes will affect the community or region where the relocated infrastructure, housing, and people move? 

What social and economic changes will affect the community or region where the relocated infrastructure, housing, and people move? TRB in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Policy and Global Affairs division will host a webinar on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern that will explore how extreme weather and climate change affect managed retreats. Presenters will discuss how coordinating land use to move people and structures away from risk is becoming a more viable option to enhance transportation and community resilience. Managed retreat involves a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) buy-out program for homeowners, as well as potential relocation of highways, rails, power, water and other critical infrastructure that would otherwise be in harm’s way.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committees on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation, and Accessible Transportation and Mobility.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar. Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar agenda and presenters

  1. Introductions: Heather Holsinger, Federal Highway Administration
  2. Overview of managed retreat: Mark Abkowitz, Vanderbilt University
  3. Current state-of-the practice in managed retreat and its impacts on the transportation sector: Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation
  4. Coordinating Cross-Sector Retreat and Relocation to Improve Resilience: Sandra Knight, University of Maryland
  5. Tools and best practices for considering transportation and other components of a managed retreat strategy: Annie Bennett and Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center
  6. Question and answer session: Moderated by Heather Holsinger, Federal Highway Administration


The first 90 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify state-of-the practice in managed retreat and impacts on the transportation sector
  2. Locate resources and data for determining whether transportation facilities are located in high-risk areas
  3. Identify solutions planning and design to advance sustainable and resilient transportation systems in high hazard areas
  4. Discuss policies and standards to advance transportation resilience for adapting to extreme weather and climate change


Professional Development Hour Information

Professional engineers (PEs) who register and attend the entire webinar as an individual will be awarded 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). TRB’s webinar program awards PDH credits only to the registered individual, and not to other members of a group that view the webinar together. To be eligible for the credits, individuals must remain signed in for the entire webinar, including for any question and answer session following the presentations.

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TRB will report credits earned to the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits

This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. Please make sure that you register for this session and log in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session. Please visit the Certification Maintenance section of APA’s website, Certification Maintenance webpage to claim your credits.

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