Climate Risk Solutions

30 Solutions to Climate Risks: Faculty Proposals from Across the University of Pennsylvania

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, we present Climate Risk Solutions from students.

Submissions from students across the University of Pennsylvania have been published. Read their ideas about how to solve climate risk challenges.


Solving Climate Risk Requires Normative Change

By Cary Coglianese

Idea #30

Mitigate Housing and Climate Risk through a Green New Deal for Housing

By Daniel Aldana Cohen

Idea #29

Addressing Climate Change at the Edge of the Grid

By Charles Howland

Idea #28

Design and the Spatial Politics of Climate Change

By Billy Fleming

Idea #27

Business Must Get Political –For Climate Sustainability

By Eric Orts

Idea #26

Consider Project Risks When Designing Adaptation and Mitigation Projects

By Matthijs Bouw

Idea #25

Mandating Disclosure of Material Climate Risks and Mitigation Strategies

By Witold Henisz

Idea #24

Design and Planning for Multi-Use Renewable Energy Infrastructures

By Nicholas Pevzner

Idea #23

Climate Change as a Political Problem

By Michael Jones-Correa

Idea #22

Rewarding Communities that Build for the Future: A Resilience Policy Score

By Carolyn Kousky

Idea #21

Incentivizing Local Governments to Manage Disaster Risk More Effectively

By Brett Lingle

Idea #20

As We Adapt to Climate Change, Legal Doctrine Must Also Adapt

By Mark Nevitt

Idea #19

From EJ (Environmental Justice) to CJ (Climate Justice): The Lessons of Iconic Katrina

By Regina Austin

Idea #18

Redirecting Capital Flows of the Insurance Industry

By Alexander Braun

Idea #17

Reducing the Risks of Water Insecurity

By Trevor M. Penning and Marilyn Howarth

Idea #16

To Modernize US Water Infrastructure, We Need New Financial Tools

By Allison Lassiter

Idea #15

Solving Climate Change Through a Grid Infrastructure Overhaul

By Daniel E. Walters

Idea #14

Land Use, Labor, and Local Engagement: Transformation of Urban Sprawl

By William W. Braham

Idea #13

An Import Tax as a Border Adjustment for National Climate Policies

By Howard F. Chang

Idea #12

Insuring Ecosystems to Ensure Climate Resilience

By Sarah Light and Carolyn Kousky

Idea #11

Listen to National Security Professionals on Climate Change’s Risks

By Mark P. Nevitt

Idea #10

Transition to Net Zero: No Single Silver Bullet

By Julie Keenahan

Idea #9

It’s Time to Rethink Our Roads

By Erick Guerra

Idea #8

Think Globally, Act Locally… Think Globally Again

By Anna Mikulska

Idea #7

Plant Trees Strategically and Wisely

By Frederick Steiner

Idea #6

Can the Federal Mortgage Finance System Help Manage Climate Risk?

By Benjamin J. Keys

Idea #5

Addressing Climate Change in an Era of Denial

By Howard Kunreuther and Bob Meyer

Idea #4

How Congress Might Address Climate Change:  Two Lessons from Past Practice

By Jean Galbraith

Idea #3

Recruiting Values for Tough Decisions on Climate Change

By Steven O. Kimbrough

Idea #2

The Very Effective Carbon Tax and its Political Hurdles

By Ioana Marinescu

Idea #1

Reducing Emissions is More Important than Reducing Fossil Fuel Combustion

By Mark Alan Hughes