Author: Katharine Burgess

Katharine Burgess is a former vice president with ULI's Urban Resilience program.

Articles by Katharine Burgess

  • As Wildfire Seasons Lengthen, Documenting the Profound Effects of Landscaping and Building Materials on Resilience
    Published on July 06, 2021 in
    There is a 90 percent chance that a home will be destroyed if an ember ignites on the building during a wildfire, according to post-fire investigations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). IBHS leaders demonstrated how resilient building materials and landscape methods can avert damage, during a live fire demonstration during a ULI webinar hosted for 10 district councils in June.
  • Compounding Challenges: Communities Planning for Extreme Weather Events and COVID-19
    Published on June 18, 2020 in
    ULI's Urban Resilience team interviewed several public leaders in June to identify how U.S. cities are preparing for natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. A key focus was how cities are providing resources to their most vulnerable residents, who are most at risk for both COVID-19 and climate emergencies.
  • Promoting Active Transportation in El Paso
    Published on February 26, 2018 in
    In fall 2016, about 100 residents, business owners, and public officials came together to discuss the Franklin Canal in El Paso, Texas, the adjacent neighborhoods, and an opportunity to connect them: a proposed Active Transportation System (ATS) funded by the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). These community members were participating in an ULI Advisory Services panel, a weeklong workshop convened to develop a strategy for the “International Beltway” portion of the ATS.