Description: The article concentrates on tiaa login. Coastal communities around the world are increasingly vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. Jennifer Bolstad and Walter Meyer are finding innovative ways of protecting and improving communities. They leverage different technology and are committed to make a difference.
We’re here in Aguadilla Airport, a charter flight came in with 2125 panels for our effort with resilient power Puerto Rico to bring free solar systems to the most needy communities on the island, we have raised nearly half a million dollars in cash donations and a little more than a half million dollars in raw material donations.
Every layer of culture and governance on the island is talking about solar in the future, all the politics aside for a second, let’s focus on a visionary thing, there was a big hurricane, there was no windows, he was blown away, let’s see those strawberries.
In high school I went through the eye of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, ended up in the bathroom with my brother and sister, the mattresses was covering us, the house was breathing in and out and about to explode, my sister’s best friend lost her life that night, after living through it you don’t want people to be affected by them.
Maybe it’s a form of therapy, I will minimize or at least share knowledge of what’s going to happen next and what to expect, we remember those who died and so many who lost everything, we know the weather is changing, we know the sea level is rising, this year we had five storms back to back.
The federal funds are on their way out, it depends on the community to lead with political will, thanks for your time, these dunes were artificially constructed, we organized with Army Corps of Engineers to increase the volume of sand and plant them out.
But there are only one part of a multi-layered system to protect the neighborhood, you need groins, you need reefs offshore, this multi-layered system is the only way to manage the vulnerability that exists out here, thinking about how greedy technology is can show a better return on your investment than building in traditional ways.
It’s been the work of this practice ever since Walter and I met each other, we’ve been lucky, we have been able to craft our dream jobs for ourselves, whether it’s in government contracts that shape the city’s future or mercy level rise, building gardens protects residents that can’t afford gardens.
Doing the projects and paying the bills allow us to do the projects that matter from the ground up idea about some preserve being hands-off nature, teaching will always be something that we balance into the mix knowing that we have that stable source of income.
It has allowed us to take the risks that we have, I’m a nine-year breast cancer survivor, that adds to our financial worries, knowing that we have access to resources and advisors through TIAA has been a big burden off of us, we’ve run the studio every year in this format where we take a project that’s ongoing in our office and let the students come up with their own agenda.
One of the larger projects is redesigning a whole new neighborhood in New York City, this is on the beach, it’s in Rockaway, it’s a public-private partnership, so we’ve been master playing in this neighborhood, I live in that tall building there. This is one view.
When Sandy happened, I left, we didn’t return into a year later, it was like a war zone, you would have thought that we had had a war, we worked on that project, we’d see the solar, the green was noisy planning in the new developments coming up in Rockaway.
Being a part of the projects makes it better because it’s going to be involved and invested, the expertise that’s inherent in living in a community for a few years or few generations in itself is equally valuable to the design process.
A lot of the tenants don’t know that this is government money to help resiliency, this is beautified for other people to come in here and think that this is beautiful and wonderful place, but they don’t realize that it’s going to save our lives.
Post-sandy, the amount of need in Rockaway was fast, we went back fund raising and getting as much money as we could, we were starting with 30,000 and ending up with three million from the city of New York to deliver her solar for free in Rockaway to underserved areas.
It helps them recoup their financial losses from Sandy, hopefully it also helps them to grow their business and reinvest those resources in the community and continue to help.
Since the hurricane, we’ve had to close the department for 40 days due to the lack of power. The hospital runs on an electric generator, but every time it needed maintenance, we couldn’t see patients and had to close the emergency room. If the generator breaks, we’d have to shut the hospital down. That’s not an option for us.
What we’re doing is powering the emergency room, things like the dialysis fridge, some of the smaller x-ray machines, the computers and the communications, this is the only stable uninterruptible power, once we set this up, it can generate 30 years of power for the emergency room.
This was the height of the water at hurricane sandy, this whole neighborhood was all this height, every single house was about 5 or 6 feet underwater, we’re slowly repairing 5 years later, we have one paycheck at a time, the water can be elevated it up.
Now it’ll protect us when there’s a hurricane or a surge, everyone at some point will deal with these disturbances, because they’re coming more frequently, they are the new normal, you don’t want people to be catastrophic, we impact it economically or emotionally, being resilient is helping people to build forward after these disturbances.