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Initial Opportunities to Increase Resilience

A comprehensive review of the resilience indicators provides several opportunities for UMBC to address potential gaps and to improve our efforts to increase mitigation and adaptive capacity.  Through this process, UMBC has identified several opportunities in the natural, built, and socio-economic environments.  Consideration of opportunities is based upon economic and technical feasibility; in addition to, the level of risk presented to the campus.

Natural Environment

  • Assess the current impact of invasive species on the campus canopy.
    • Years One – Three: Survey activity and impact of the Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) on campus Ash Tree Population
    • Years Three – Five: Survey activity and impact of the Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) on campus Oak Tree Population
    • Years Five -Ten: Survey activity and impact of the Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisuga Lindinger) on campus Beech Tree Population
  • Increase surveillance of natural flora and fauna to better asses risk of a habitat shift.
    • Years One – Three: Mitigate the impact of Wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius) in the forest understory and around environmentally sensitive areas
    • Years Three – Five: Survey and assess the impact of Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis glandulosa var.  brevipedunculata) on campus habitats
    • Years Five -Ten: Survey and assess the impact of fid buttercup (Ficaria verna)  on wetland areas
  • Draft and implement plans to ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on bad air quality days.
    • Year One: Draft plans for campus health and safety on bad air quality days
    • Year Two: Implement plans

Built Environment

  • Assess the capacity to refuel emergency generators and assesses the feasibility of dual fuel generators to ensure continued availability of backup power generation.
    • Years One – Three: Assess which generator sets are the most critical and have the greatest need for dual fuel capacity and understand refueling continuity procedures
    • Years Three – Five: Perform Lifecycle Cost Assessments (LCA) for potential new dual-fuel generators
    • Years Five -Ten: Implement an equipment replacement plan
  • Assess the ability of the energy management system to drill down to electrical use by building.
    • Years One – Three: Perform cost-benefits analysis of sub-metering technology, identify buildings with highest cooling loads
    • Years Three – Five: Determine which buildings use the most cooling, identify conservation measures, and perform LCA
    • Years Five -Ten: Install appropriate technologies and/or retrofits
  • Evaluate the need for the increased hardening of structures in proximity of dams on the campus
    • Years One – Three: Assess specific vulnerabilities of structures in proximity of campus dams
    • Years Three – Five: Identify opportunities for mitigation strategies
    • Years Five -Ten: Secure funding, via grants, to implement most feasible mitigation strategies
  • Evaluate UMBC transit routes that are susceptible to flooding events in Baltimore City
    • Years One – Three: Identify and quantify routes that currently experience disruptions; identify potential alternative routes
    • Years Three – Five: Develop a protocol to evaluate future routes for flooding vulnerability

Socio-Economic Environment

  • Evaluate supply chain continuity of dining services
    • Years One – Three: Review supply chain vendors to assess continuity abilities
    • Years Three – Five: Evaluate feasibility of contractual mechanisms to require the submission of a COOP by suppliers
  • Assess the extent of the vulnerability of homeless student population.
    • Year One: Develop plans and procedures to support homeless student population during times of extreme events
    • Year Two: Implement and communicate plans and procedures for homeless population
  • Evaluate capacity of staff and students to telecommute
    • This opportunity is currently being investigated by the UMBC Transportation Work Group under the Climate Action Plan