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Through its work in vulnerable environments, Van Alen has witnessed the devastating effects of climate change and has been gratified to see the willingness and enthusiasm of people coming together around the table to share knowledge, explore remedies, and propose new ways of adapting to our changing world.

Van Alen has led several important initiatives to investigate critical issues surrounding the effects of climate change and to pioneer design projects that mitigate these effects on our communities, cities, and landscapes. In some cases, our work has informed a rebuilding process after a disaster, but increasingly, Van Alen is inspiring ideas for protecting communities before disaster hits.

Over time and across the country, Van Alen continues to facilitate productive dialogue between the design community and the public to protect our natural resources while enhancing the lives of people who depend on them.