The Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool – Lessons and Possibilities

Streetside Swale in Seattle, Washington.
Source: U.S. EPA

At Climate Interactive, we create tools that help political leaders and decision-makers make smart decisions in the face of a change climate. While many of our tools take a global perspective, our Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool is designed to help municipalities and communities test scenarios and see the solutions that best deliver storm water […]

Better Public Policy Through Systems Thinking: Visionary Leadership from Mayor Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone

The following essay was written by the Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, Joseph Curtatone. Although Curtatone ties systems thinking to I-93 and childhood obesity in Somerville, the same long-term thought process of actions and consequences must be utilized by city and regional leaders today as we increasingly feel the impacts of a changing climate. Hats off […]

Flooding (too) close to home


At Climate interactive, we work on climate and study the impacts, but when they hit close to home it’s a reminder of the importance of preparing in advance. Echoing many of the themes in Beth’s Hurricane Irene post, the depiction of atypical weather patterns and intensity experienced in my Greenville, South Carolina neighborhood last Saturday […]

DRC Trip to See Multiple Displacement Firsthand


The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is amazingly beautiful. Though torn by decades of war and violence, I understand why others have referred to the region as a ‘land of plenty’ — good soil and regular rainfall create lush green hillsides in every direction. Skuk Jones and I traveled last month to North Kivu […]

Four Reasons We Build Simulations of Infrastructure Investment

GI Simulation Interface

As a panelist for a recent EPA-sponsored webcast on green infrastructure and resilience (click here for the slides from that presentation) I was prompted to explain why system dynamics computer simulation is particularly helpful for those considering infrastructure investment in general, and green infrastructure investment in particular. We have four reasons: 1. People need ways […]

Thinking About Green Infrastructure? Join Us Online On July 22

EPA Green Infrastructure webcast series

The Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool: A Pilot Project in the Kinnickinnic River Watershed of Milwaukee July 22, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET On July 22, join the EPA and Climate Interactive’s Beth Sawin to learn more about how your community can incorporate green infrastructure to create healthier, more sustainable places to live and work. […]

Pastoralist Simulator Helps Global Conversation on Drought-Induced Displacement

Graphs of historical and simulated displacement in HOA. The Pastoralist Simulator reproduces real-world behavior in several important ways.

Climate Interactive was proud to participate in an important global meeting in Nairobi recently. The Nansen Initiative is an on-going international conversation on the situation of ‘cross-border displaced persons.’ The meeting in Nairobi was one of six government consultations in different regions of the world, culminating in recommendations for governments to better coordinate around the […]

Small But Mighty: Climate Interactive Ranked 12th Best Climate Think Tank in the World

Climate Interactive placed 12th among 210 climate change economics and policy think tanks around the world, and 4th best in the United States, according to the International Center for Climate Governance. As a staff of only nine, we share this accolade with our partners, from funders to project collaborators. So many good, dedicated people have contributed to our successes. […]

Building Theories on Community Resilience in Africa  

Building Theories on Community Resilience in Africa

If a small village is subject to an external shock like a drought, a war, or a flood, its residents will likely suffer material and/or human losses, but hopefully rebuild and thrive.  If that same village suffers from those shocks repeatedly, it begins to define who they are as a community. Community resilience—the ability of […]