The devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida revealed the climate change vulnerabilities of the U.S. Gulf Coast and Northeast regions. Many communities were destroyed, commerce halted, and energy systems disrupted. It also provided a sobering view into what the future will look like with a rapidly warming climate. So, how should we adapt?
In this episode, Ten Across founder Duke Reiter speaks with Baton Rouge Area Foundation President and CEO John Davies about about recovering from Hurricane Ida; the importance of data informed decision making; and what can be learned to build more adaptable and resilient communities.
John Davies is the president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He joined the Foundation nearly 35 years ago, when it had $5 million in assets. Since then, the Foundation has grown to $700 million in assets and granted more than $500 million to nonprofits and projects in the U.S. and around the world, including building clinics and health care centers in Africa, supporting reform and education in Puerto Rico, and forming The Water Institute of the Gulf to provide solutions to coastal cities facing rising seas and falling wetlands. The Foundation is among the largest of its kind in the country.