Transforming the City of San Juan in the Wake of Hurricane Maria: Assessing the performance of adaptive and transformative scenarios

Authors: Génesis Álvarez Rosario*, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, Jenniffer M Santos Hernández, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, Ashley Méndez Heavilin, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Topics: Sustainability Science
Keywords: Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico, Sustainability, Transition Scenarios, Resilience
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Napoleon B1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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On February 2017, as part of the research activities of the NSF Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), a series of Sustainability Scenarios for the city of San Juan were developed by a group of over fifty stakeholders that included, government officials, the private sector, and local environmental NGOs. The group generated participatory maps illustrating adaptive and transformative scenarios around the themes of flooding (coastal, urban, and riverine), energy and food security, transportation connectivity, and justice. On September 2017 two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, affected Puerto Rico (NHC, 2017). The events resulted in major damages to the energy, telecommunications, and water infrastructure. Thousands of residents lost their homes. San Juan presented a situation that was similar, in terms of damage, to the rest of the island. This presentation examines the effects of the 2017 Hurricane Season in the sites proposed by stakeholders for different projects. The findings of this research are vital as the city develops and implements policies and programs seeking to advance diverse pathways to sustainability.

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