Optimizing Community Infrastructure

Optimizing Community Infrastructure

Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses

1st Edition - October 11, 2019

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  • Editor: Ryan Colker
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162415
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128162408

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Optimizing Community Infrastructure: Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses examines the resilience measures being deployed within individual disciplines and sectors and how multi-stakeholder efforts can catalyze action to address global challenges in preparedness and disaster and hazard mitigation. The book provides a theoretical framework to advance thinking on creating resilient, inclusive, sustainable and safe communities. Users will find an accurate and up-to-date guide for working on the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of policies, programs and projects related to community resilience.  

Key Features

  • Provides updated information on resilience, especially on infrastructure, finance, land use, standards and policies
  • Includes case studies that illustrate how communities have increased their resilience to natural and other disasters
  • Analyzes the institutional, political, social and economic dimensions of resilience at the community level
  • Illustrates the interdependencies and interconnectedness of infrastructure systems and how community resilience relies on a holistic approach
  • Examines responses to emerging risks associated with climate change


Professionals in the fields of land planning, engineering, architecture, urban planning, energy planning, water management, insurance, disaster prevention (e.g. civil protection), emergency management, corporate social responsibility, policy development, and climate risk communication. Also suitable for use in academic settings focused on resilience or interdisciplinary policy

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Infrastructure Resilience

    Part I: Making the Case

    1. Resilient Infrastructure: Understanding Interconnectedness and Long-Term Risk
    Alice C. Hill and William Kakenmaster
    2. Sustainable and Resilient Buildings: Essential Together
    Jason Hartke

    Resilience Solutions

    Part II: Utilities
    3. Managing Risk to Critical Infrastructures, Their Interdependencies, and the Region They Serve: A Risk Management Process
    Jerry P. Brashear
    4. Resilience of Electric Power Infrastructure
    Jeff Dagle
    5. Becoming a Resilient Water System: A Transformative Process
    Michael Hooker, Geoffrey G. Miller and Timothy Taber

    Part III: Finance
    6. Financing Resilient Infrastructure
    Joyce Coffee
    7. Addressing Climate Risk in Financial Decision Making
    Natalie Ambrosio, Yoon Hui Kim, Stacy Swann and Ziyue Wang

    Part VI: Landscapes and Land Use
    8. Harnessing Green Infrastructure for Resilient, Natural Solutions
    Charriss R.H. York and John Jacob
    9. How Smart Land Use Policies Help Avoid Future Headaches
    Samantha Medlock and James Schwab

    Part V: Buildings 
    10. The New Resilient Built Environment: Perspectives from Investors and Owners of Private Buildings
    Devesh Nirmul and John Scott
    11. The Role of the Designers and Other Building Practitioners in Advancing Resilience
    Allison Hoadley Anderson
    12. Building Codes: The Foundation for Resilient Communities
    Cindy Davis and James Tim Ryan

    Part VI: Policies & Practices
    13. Designing for Resilient Systems Under Emerging Risks
    Allison C. Reilly and Bilal Ayyub
    14. Where Are We? Why Community-Wide Benchmarking is Important
    M. John Plodinec
    15. How Philanthropy is Transforming Resilience Theory into Practical Applications at the Local Level
    Robert G. Ottenhoff

    Part VII: Conclusion
    16.  A Vision for Resilient Infrastructure
    Ryan M. Colker

Product details

  • No. of pages: 310
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2019
  • Published: October 11, 2019
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162415
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128162408

About the Editor

Ryan Colker

Ryan M. Colker is Vice President of Innovation at the International Code Council, Washington DC, United States. He also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR), a national coalition working to provide communities with the tools necessary to holistically assess and improve their resilience. Prior to joining ICC, Colker served as Vice President at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he led the Institute’s efforts to improve the built environment through the collaboration of industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. At the Institute he directed the Consultative Council which develops findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and served as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Institute’s STEM Education Program. He is a recognized expert on emerging issues within the built environment including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction and speaks and writes frequently on these subjects. Previously, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and as Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. He is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President of Innovation, International Code Council, Washington DC, United States, and Executive Director at the Alliance for National and Community Resilience, Washington DC, United States

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