The USSD annual conference travels to beautiful Charleston, SC, in 2023. Charleston’s waterfront city will provide a rich history and culture center for the conference venue. Charleston was founded in 1670, and is cited for its beauty, history, restaurants, livability, and romantic appeal for visitors.
Charleston is among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate and offers an inside view of the potential near future challenges for other coastal communities. Getting to solutions is going to be difficult and expensive, for Charleston, with an estimated price tag surpassing $2 billon for critical flood control infrastructure including levees and seawalls.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) bill designates $50 billion for climate resilience, as more frequent and severe droughts, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravage the country. Of this amount more than $6 billion will head to South Carolina over the next five-year period.
The 2023 USSD conference theme – Infrastructure Resiliency through Risk Management – was developed based on the need for more understanding related to climate change impacts on our infrastructure through the development of risk based prioritization methods.