• Financing Our Future: Federal Investment Strategy for a Climate Resilient U.S.

    17 MAG 2024 · The administrative and financial costs of disaster recovery have increased in recent years, exacerbated by the changing climate. The https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/beyond-data/2022-us-billion-dollar-weather-and-climate-disasters-historical in the U.S. represented more than $1 trillion in damages and claimed 5,000 lives. A significant portion of that expense was incurred by seven Category 4 and 5 hurricanes that made landfall in the Ten Across region or along the Atlantic Coast.    Yet this figure doesn’t begin to encapsulate the full range of climate-related losses in the U.S., nor the less visible but steadily accumulating costs of adapting infrastructure to withstand more frequent and destructive weather events.     Federal legislation has moved toward addressing these potential risks to the built enviornment, human health, and the economy. The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and 2022 Inflation Reduction Act represent the largest surge in climate action funding in U.S. history. Combined, they account for a trillion dollars of investments over ten years. The funding incentivizes all sectors to build climate security by scaling up the clean energy economy and redressing environmental and economic injustices, past and present.      Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Xavier de Souza Briggs, a senior fellow at Brookings Metro and member of the Biden-Harris transition team, discuss the strategy behind these dollars and what gaps remain to be addressed to ensure greater climate resilience and equity within this corridor and the nation.   Articles/sources referenced in this podcast:   https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/outreach-and-education/climate/whats-possible-investing-now-for-prosperous-sustainable-neighborhoods.pdf#page=16 (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2024, Briggs and Donovan)   https://fortune.com/2022/09/09/america-economy-us-workers-business-new-industrial-policy-benefits-workers-entrepreneurs-urban-regions-de-souza-muro/ (Fortune Magazine, September 2022, Briggs and Muro)    https://www.arizonafuture.org/news-events/news/2022/6/arizona-voters-agenda-voters-want-to-protect-environment-addressing-forest-fires-and-air-quality-among-priorities/ (Center for the Future of Arizona, June 2022)  https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/62/a-more-democratic-federalism/ (Democracy Fall 2021 issue, Briggs and Rogers)   https://www.amazon.com/Geography-Opportunity-Housing-Metropolitan-America/dp/0815708734 by Xavier de Souza Briggs
    50 min. 6 sec.
  • Financing Our Future: Improving Corporate Climate Impact Disclosures

    9 MAG 2024 · https://10across.com/is-the-future-insurable/ resulting from recurring natural losses in California, Florida, and Louisiana point to the fact that climate change is among the greatest threats to companies’ bottom lines within the coming years and decades. As a result, https://news.utexas.edu/2023/07/26/investors-want-better-climate-risk-disclosure/ when it comes to the environmental risks of publicly-traded organizations.   A recent decision from the Securities and Exchange Commission addresses this investor demand. In March, the SEC adopted a new rule mandating that companies disclose how climate change has affected or is affecting their strategies, finances, and organizational outlook. This legislation is scheduled to go into effect later this month.   Last fall, California passed similar but more thorough disclosure requirements in the form of two laws. The Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act requires companies operating in the state with $1 billion or more in annual revenue to disclose both direct and indirect emissions associated with their operations. The Climate‐Related Financial Risk Act requires companies exceeding $500 million in revenue to report their climate-related risks every other year. In February, this legislation became https://www.sidley.com/en/insights/newsupdates/2024/02/californias-new-climate-disclosure-laws-under-fire brought against the state by the California Air Resources Board.   Listen to this first installment in the 10X “Financing our Future” series— an ongoing investigation into the ways in which markets and governments are adapting to climate impacts in the I-10 corridor and beyond. In this episode, Ten Across founder Duke Reiter speaks with Steven Rothstein, Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, about the lead up to and intended results of this national and state climate legislation which his organization helped craft. Articles/sources referenced in this podcast:     https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2024/03/13/arizona-lawmakers-consider-bill-that-would-ban-climate-research-plans/72898105007/ (AZCentral, March 2024)    https://www.ceres.org/resources/news/americans-overwhelmingly-support-mandatory-climate-disclosure-for-us-companies (Ceres, February 2022)    https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/24/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html (CNN, April 2024)    https://www.ceres.org/accelerator    https://roadmap2030.ceres.org/    https://www.freedomtoinvest.org/  
    46 min. 5 sec.
  • How the 10X Region Can Prepare for Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten

    2 MAG 2024 · The Ten Across geography reveals many aspects of the entire nation’s future, particularly the ways climate change will reshape where we choose to live and why. This southernmost tier of the country is a natural focus for examinations of climate trendlines and the tipping points for human habitability. The residents of Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles are often cited as the first community in the nation to be entirely displaced by coastal inundation and land loss. Recent satellite data analysis by https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/interactive/2024/southern-us-sea-level-rise-risk-cities/ aligns with many previous studies suggesting that such retreats from rising water may be required of communities throughout the Gulf Coast in years to come.   In the west, states like California, Nevada, and Arizona still face the consequences of ongoing megadrought and heat, challenging agricultural output and hydropower systems, while increasing wildfire risk and the need for power-hungry air conditioning technology. Even the extreme weather and floods in California in late 2023 and early 2024 https://abcnews.go.com/US/extreme-rain-pouring-southwest-us-fully-eliminated-regions/story?id=107423058   Clearly, climatic conditions along the I-10 transect are changing, and with this level of risk to property has also increased. Last fall on the podcast, we covered the impacts of climate on insurance availability in https://10across.com/10x-insurance-series-california-attempts-to-reverse-insurer-exodus/, https://10across.com/10x-insurance-series-louisiana-grapples-with-growing-natural-and-financial-risk/, and https://10across.com/10x-insurance-series-retaining-floridas-insurability-has-national-implications/. The unprecedented insurer vacancies and soaring premiums suggest subtler, economic challenges to habitability within this region.   In his new book, On the Move: The Overheating Earth and The Uprooting of America, esteemed environmental reporter Abrahm Lustgarten explores how these conditions are changing our sense of which parts of the world as really habitable, and for how long.   Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Abrahm talk before a live audience at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona, about past and present forces driving our responses to climate risk in the Ten Across geography and beyond.  
    37 min.
  • Capturing Climate Change Through Film: Greg Jacobs on "The Here Now Project"

    25 APR 2024 · A note to listeners who may be sensitive to the subject matter: This episode contains brief descriptions of death and distress caused by climate events.   With a widescale and urgent phenomenon like climate change, there are innumerable ways to imagine communicating its impacts through articles, film, or television. That said, given the immensity of this subject within our minds and environment, certain audiences may be unwilling or unprepared to interact with the challenging realities of manmade warming.   Emmy-winning filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel needed to overcome exactly this difficulty when directing their latest documentary, The Here Now Project. Luckily, through their previous projects documenting harrowing events such as Hurricane Katrina in their film Witness: Katrina (2010) and the September 11th attacks in 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008), the team behind Siskel/Jacobs Productions has become skilled at using film to memorialize and give context to communal grief at the site of disaster.   Like these previous documentaries, The Here Now Project combines amateur and professional videos captured by eyewitnesses to convey the lasting social impact of its subject—namely, climate change. Through thoughtful editing and compilation of this primary source footage, the film provides the viewer an intimate experience of over 200 climate-related events that took place in 2021, including the 180 simultaneous wildfires that burned around the globe that summer.   Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Greg Jacobs, co-director of The Here Now Project and co-founder of Siskel/Jacobs Productions, discuss the directorial process behind this latest film, how the Ten Across geography is present within it, and why this kind of climate storytelling is necessary today.   The Here Now Project will premiere before select audiences at the https://hotdocs.ca/whats-on/hot-docs-festival/films/2024/here-now-project, April 26 and May 1. Stay up to date on timing for its wider release by visiting https://herenowproject.com/
    40 min. 18 sec.
  • Future Cities: Decarbonizing the Built Environment with Ben Stapleton

    18 APR 2024 · A note to listeners who may be sensitive to the subject matter: This episode contains a brief discussion of suicide risk among construction workers.   The work of decarbonizing our communities and cities has never been more critical than it is today. Countless observers of climate change are warning the world that our window to drastically reduce or eliminate fossil fuel use and avoid 1.5°C or more of global warming is narrowing with each year.   We know that nearly https://www.usgbc.org/articles/enhancing-building-decarbonization-through-performance-monitoring come from the construction and operation of buildings. For the last 30 years, the U.S. Green Building Council has been focused on remediating this critical aspect of the global warming picture. Their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is the world’s most widely used framework for green design, augmented by LEED credentialing for professionals in sustainable design, construction, and operations.   The USGBC operates through a network of 75 local chapters nationwide. Last week, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-usgbc-california-an-independent-nonprofit-launches-to-unify-the-california-green-building-movement-302112607.html?tc=eml_cleartime&mc_cid=f98cfd0233&mc_eid=88ecdc4ac5 and expanding their efforts under one inclusive statewide nonprofit, known as USGBC-California. In this interview, we’ll learn more about the goals of the merger, and how the Los Angeles chapter was particularly instrumental in this effort to engage more communities and professionals working toward an energy transition.   Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and USGBC-California Executive Director Ben Stapleton discuss solutions for decarbonizing the built environment, ideals for the future of city health and design, and how California is currently leading the way in many U.S. climate efforts.   Other articles referenced in this episode:   https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2024/03/13/arizona-lawmakers-consider-bill-that-would-ban-climate-research-plans/72898105007/ (The Arizona Republic, March 14, 2024)   https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/desantis-bans-local-governments-from-protecting-workers-from-heat-and-limits-police-oversight-boards/3283832/#:~:text=In%20a%20bill%20DeSantis%20signed,farm%20and%20other%20outdoor%20workers. (NBC Miami, April 14, 2024)
    43 min.
  • Future Cities: Architecture for a New World with Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins

    11 APR 2024 · Gensler began as a corporate interior design firm in the 1960s. Today, it is the world’s largest architecture firm in terms of revenue and staff. In 2023, Gensler employed 6,000 professionals across 53 offices globally, reaching 3,500 clients in more than 100 countries.   The influence of this firm within the building and design industry cannot be overstated. Given its reach, it is encouraging that Gensler consistently demonstrates concern over its global corporate responsibility. In the last 20 years, Gensler’s co-CEOs Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins have become notable figures for their talent in design and business leadership, but also for their thoughtful consideration of the company’s climate and equity impacts. Accordingly, they have been asked to speak many times before the United Nations and other global audiences.   Earlier this year, Andy and Diane accepted new roles as Gensler’s global co-chairs. Marking this transition, they have recently published what could be considered a culminative reflection of their time at the firm thus far, including the two decades they spent as co-CEOs. https://www.gensler.com/design-for-a-radically-changing-world explores the potential within the design sector to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, from significantly reducing carbon emissions to reconnecting and uplifting historically disinvested communities.   In this episode, Ten Across founder Duke Reiter talks with Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins about findings in this latest book, comparing the efficacy of Gensler’s design forecasts from 10 years past, and traveling through more than 40 years of the firm’s history. As industry pioneers, they help us imagine the characteristics of the future city, specifically through the lens of innovative architecture and urban design.
    43 min. 56 sec.
  • Future Cities: Local Leaders Navigate Expansion of AI

    4 APR 2024 · Artificial intelligence is advancing and intersecting with nearly all professional sectors today, including local government. However, without much AI-specific policy yet established at the federal or state levels, many cities are learning to navigate this emerging technology on their own.   A combination of public policy and residents’ openness to new ideas in the Phoenix metropolitan area has made it an ideal place for the launch of pioneering technologies like autonomous vehicles. Now, cities here are considering ways that AI can be applied to local needs—applications such as fast and accurate updates on local water supply and improved traffic safety measures.   Considering the recent expansion of US-based AI firms and a boom in semiconductor manufacturing, it seems there is no longer a question of whether AI will become a routine part of our lives—it is a matter of when. If this proves to be the case, governments at all levels will need to become familiar with the risks and advantages of this quickly evolving technology to ensures its thoughtful and equitable use.   AI and the future of the city was a central theme of this year’s https://tech.asu.edu/events/2024-smart-region-summit, convened by Arizona State University and partners. In this Ten Across Conversations episode, you will hear highlights from two discussions at this event, moderated by Ten Across founder and executive director Duke Reiter.   Listen in as Duke explores the incorporation of artificial intelligence at the city level with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and three information technology experts from Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, and Cleveland, Ohio.
    44 min. 14 sec.
  • Understanding Arizona's Past, Present, and Future with Tom Zoellner

    14 MAR 2024 · Arizona's unique natural beauty and lingering "Wild West" spirit often charm outside observers. That allure may waver when closer examination reveals realities of extreme temperatures, extended drought, and what author Tom Zoellner refers to as a "transient" community fabric. In his 2023 book, https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/rim-to-river Tom's collection of essays details his one-man pilgrimage across the state to better understand its history and its enduring appeal—even in a warming world. His multidimensional perspective offers further context for our recent https://10across.com/local-experts-answer-why-are-people-still-moving-to-phoenix/, and for the complex factors that drive migration here and throughout the Ten Across region.     In this episode, Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Tom Zoellner unpack important themes found within Tom’s recent New York Times editorial, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/31/opinion/southwest-climate-change-drought.html, and his book of Arizona essays. Through salient points in the state’s history—from its unsavory beginnings in the Indian Wars to the post-war residential and agricultural booms to the current evolution of the state’s Republican party—this conversation explores how history reverberates today in the legislature, at the border, and in environmental priorities.
    46 min. 31 sec.
  • Future Cities: Resilient Urban Planning with Tracy Hadden Loh - Part Two

    7 MAR 2024 · https://10across.com/future-cities-resilient-urban-planning-with-tracy-hadden-loh-part-one/, we discussed lasting influences of post-pandemic work trends on urban design and governance. Although it is the most recent example, the COVID-19 pandemic is not the first major disruptor of economic activity within major U.S. metros, and it certainly will not be the last. A century earlier, the widespread adoption of automobiles changed the way metropolitan areas function to this day, allowing for mass migration to the outlying suburbs of once-booming central cities. Knowing that perennial industrial and population growth is a fickle thing to maintain, more city leaders, developers, and urban planners are re-acquainting themselves with the idea of ‘placemaking’ as a method for creating a resilient community culture. Popularized in the mid-twentieth century by pioneers like Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte, the placemaking movement in the U.S. has long lauded the potential for urban living to foster human connections. Placemaking has since seen a twenty-first-century revival that has gained renewed energy as urban advocates aim to recover city life that was lost during the pandemic—with new insights into the values of equity and sustainability. In this second and final half of their discussion, Tracy Hadden Loh and Ten Across founder Duke Reiter will discuss the ambitions of the placemaking movement, and how it can improve the urban issues that were covered in the previous episode. Articles and sources referenced in this episode by order of appearance: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/new-census-estimates-show-a-tepid-rise-in-u-s-population-growth-buoyed-by-immigration/” (Brookings, January 2023) https://www.brookings.edu/books/hyperlocal/ (Vey, S. Jennifer; Storring, Nate, 2022) https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/30/opinion/covid-pandemic-cities-future.html (The New York Times, November 2022) https://nextcity.org/urbanist-news/the-perfect-height-for-urban-buildings (Next City, February 2024) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/02/21/opinion/homelessness-crisis-america-stories.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=pocket_hits&utm_campaign=POCKET_HITS-EN-DAILY-RECS-2024_02_23&sponsored=0&position=1&category=fascinating_stories&scheduled_corpus_item_id=fd6a2cd8-83bc-4764-9519-35b6486b720f&url=https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/02/21/opinion/homelessness-crisis-america-stories.html (The New York Times, February 2024) https://www.brookings.edu/articles/homelessness-in-us-cities-and-downtowns/” (Brookings, December 2023) https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/arizona/ag-suing-arizona-landlords-corrupting-market-price-fixing-scheme/75-cd00f3b9-d730-4d63-945e-f80563b43742 (12News, February 2024)
    41 min. 51 sec.
  • Future Cities: Resilient Urban Planning with Tracy Hadden Loh - Part One

    29 FEB 2024 · The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent rise in remote work sent a ripple through most U.S. cities. Heavy office districts became ghost towns, public transit services struggled, and downtown brick and mortar retail spaces emptied in response to a sudden drop in foot traffic. During this period, there was also a significant migration of remote workers from more crowded and expensive cities like New York or San Francisco to the suburbs and more affordable metros in the I-10 corridor. Some have referred to this rapid rearrangement of Americans, which has slowed a bit in the years since the pandemic began, as the ‘Great Reshuffle.’ From 2020 to 2021, https://www.brookings.edu/articles/new-census-data-shows-a-huge-spike-in-movement-out-of-big-metro-areas-during-the-pandemic/, who left the city for surrounding suburbs like Riverside or smaller metros in the Sun Belt. Over this same period, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, and Austin were major metros that saw the greatest population gains in the nation. With the location of work becoming less of a requirement or priority for people’s choice to live in a city, how can public and private sector leaders ensure economic and cultural resilience within their communities? How can its zoning, hard infrastructure, and building stock become more adaptable to a constantly changing world? Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Brookings Metro fellow Tracy Hadden Loh discuss these questions and more, in this first half of a two-part discussion on the urban planning evolution taking place within the Ten Across region and beyond. Articles referenced in this episode: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/myths-about-converting-offices-into-housing-and-what-can-really-revitalize-downtowns/ (Brookings, April 2023) https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-geography-of-crime-in-four-u-s-cities-perceptions-and-reality/ (Brookings, April 2023) https://www.brookings.edu/articles/ensuring-the-intertwined-post-pandemic-recoveries-of-downtowns-and-transit-systems/ (Brookings, August 2023) https://www.azcentral.com/in-depth/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2024/01/21/how-to-build-much-needed-affordable-housing-in-metro-phoenix/70418175007/ (AZCentral, January 2024)
    41 min. 33 sec.

Ten Across Conversations examines pressing issues impacting communities along the U.S. Interstate 10 corridor. From Jacksonville, Florida to Los Angeles, California, this region provides a compelling and comprehensive window into...

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Ten Across Conversations examines pressing issues impacting communities along the U.S. Interstate 10 corridor. From Jacksonville, Florida to Los Angeles, California, this region provides a compelling and comprehensive window into the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century in their most extreme. Join founder and executive director, Wellington “Duke” Reiter, as he chats with subject experts bringing unique insights and new ways of thinking to reveal our collective capacity to create a more resilient future.

For more information about the Ten Across Initiative visit www.10across.com.
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