Resilience & Security Advisory Commission

Resilience & Security Advisory Commission

Update - September 14, 2020  

The application period to apply for the Resilience & Security Commission has closed

All applications received have been forwarded to the Mayor’s office for review.   Once selections are made all applicants will receive word on the selection.  The target date for the Borough Assembly’s review is October 13.

Purpose 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) Resilience & Security Advisory Commission operates within the KPB Planning Department.  This commission advises the administration and assembly on developing sustainability solutions for the Borough to promote the economic security, safety, self-reliance, and wellbeing of its inhabitants, while maintaining the ability of future generations to do the same. The Administration of Resilience & Security Advisory Commission is outlined in KPB Ordinance 2020-25

 

Commission Focus Points

  1. Divert materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills within the borough to extend the lifetime of landfills and save taxpayer dollars
  2. Improve cost and energy efficiency of buildings
  3. Improve cost and energy efficiency of transportation
  4. Increase use of local, clean energy to (a) modernize electricity generation, storage and distribution; (b) increase energy independence; (c) diversify the grid and reduce supply volatility
  5. Support hazard mitigation planning that accounts for changing environmental conditions
  6. Improve food security through support of local agriculture, protection of the ecological integrity of fish and wildlife habitat, protection of water resources, and other means
  7. Conduct cost-benefit analysis of sustainable resource initiative
  8. Actively engage and communicate with borough communities to develop and institute sustainable resource initiatives through community workgroups, task-forces, online media, etc
  9. Seek funding to support the work of the commission
  10. Other similar efforts focused on protection of our natural resources, economy, security and wellbeing 

 

Why is a Resilience and Security Commission useful? 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough faces significant changes and challenges in our environment and in how our economic systems can operate efficiently in the years ahead. In many ways, this involves a mixture of environmental awareness, economic sense, appropriate engineering, and working with the capabilities of the people of the borough. Fortunately, we have many people who are interested in seeing the Kenai Peninsula Borough succeed in gaining efficiencies and being on good footing moving to promote a high quality of life through reliable practices and forward thinking actions.

By bringing together a commission to focus on identifying best practices and forward thinking actions that can be considered by the borough, opportunities will be revealed to help administer borough functions and to plan for timely infrastructure improvements. Because the commission is advisory in nature, the decisions on what to adopt, when and where to invest, and how to implement new practices will continue to use all the normal public processes and administrative leadership roles. The proposals and advice from the commission will therefore have to stand on its merits, and be value added, in order to become public policy. Some actions taken by the borough can save money (like energy efficiency), some actions can create opportunities (like agricultural policies), some actions can support private investment (like energy, road, and transportation initiatives). The 10 focus areas of the commission are consistent with the KPB comprehensive plan and have the potential for many types of useful outcomes that make the Kenai Peninsula Borough a more resilient and secure place to live and work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and Statistics

Information regarding changes to the following areas of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's climate and livelihood are located in the links below:

Average temperatures in Alaska have risen 3.4 ºF in the past half century. View Temperature link to read more.

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Over the past half-century, annual available waterhas declined 62% on the western Kenai Peninsula; wetlands have decreased 6—11% per decade insurface area on the Kenai Lowlands. View Water link to read more.

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Current trends indicate that the southern KenaiPeninsula will loose 10-20% of our snowpack by 2030-2059. View Snowpack link to read more.

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Ocean acidification will continue to damage vita lnurseries for many fish stocks in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, which in turn will harm tourism, substance, commercial fisheries, and our basic wayof life here. View Ocean link to read more. 

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Climate trends threaten the future of the Kenai Peninsula’s salmon runs by depleting water levels and raising temperatures in Cook Inlet streams. View Salmon Run link to read more. 

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In the absence of adaptation efforts, damage to public infrastructure caused by climate change could cost Alaska $142 to $181 million per year and acumulative $4.2 to $5.5 billion by the end of the century. View Public Infrastructure link to read more. 

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There is a projected 66-percent increase in the estimated value of human structures (e.g.homes, businesses) that are at risk to fire in the next half century on the Kenai Peninsula. View Homes link to read more 

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The Caribou Hills was the epicenter of a spruce bark beetle outbreak that eventually killedabout 1 million acres of Sitka, white and Lutz spruce on the Kenai Peninsula from the mid-1980s through the1990s, sustained by consecutive summers of above-average temperatures. Estimated costs due to increased wildfires across Alaska are $1.1 to $2.1 billion annually from 2006 through the end of the century. View Forests and Wildfire Response links to read more. 

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Erosion rates on Eastern shores of Cook Inlet are 1 foot per year, and 2.3 feet per year on the western Homer area. View Bluffs link to read more.

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Action Plans and Proposed Outcome

 To be posted as meetings occur.

 

You can be a solution!

Steps you can take to improve the future will be posted as meetings occur.

 

Resilience & Security Inspiration Photo Gallery 

 

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