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Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.

Ben Chou
My interest in protecting the environment all began with an environmental studies course during high school. I should have trusted my instincts, but instead, I began college as a business major after succumbing to parental pressure to pick a field that would pay well after graduation. After spending my freshman year studying economics and financial accounting, I quickly reversed course (much to my parents’ dismay) and majored in geography and followed that with a graduate degree in climate and society. I feel incredibly fortunate to be at NRDC where I get to pursue work that combines my education and personal interest in climate change—and get paid for it to boot.

Recent Posts

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

Posted July 31, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast, many communities are still in the process of rebuilding. To help communities repair facilities and prevent damages associated with future...continued

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

Posted July 23, 2014 by Ben Chou in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair....continued

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Posted July 16, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As we‘ve seen play out repeatedly in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy...continued

More Efficient Clothes Washers Benefit Businesses and Conserve Resources

Posted June 6, 2014 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This post was written in conjunction with Kaylee Weatherly and Brianna Pagan of the Long Beach Water Department and is also posted on LaundryDealer.com. Record-breaking drought conditions in California and ongoing concerns over increasingly scarce water supplies have made headlines across the...continued

Water Resources Development Act Looks Promising for Making Water Infrastructure More Resilient

Posted May 22, 2014 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The U.S. Senate and House conference committee’s report on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), or the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) as it’s known this time around, has been approved by the House and Senate after months of negotiations....continued

California's Latest Climate Forecast: Hotter and Drier Days are Here to Stay

Posted May 6, 2014 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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There’s been no hiding from the fact that the ongoing lack of rain and meager snowpack has led to widespread drought in California. The last snow survey this year (taken just last week) showed that statewide snowpack was just 18...continued

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

Posted April 11, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Recent disasters in communities throughout the U.S. vividly illustrate that we’re increasingly at risk from flooding and drought events. Torrential downpours swept across the South earlier this week, causing at least one death and flooding numerous homes, streets, and businesses....continued

Dwindling California Snowpack is a Warning of More Dire Water Challenges to Come

Posted March 31, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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California’s annual April snow survey results, which provide an indicator of how much water will flow into streams and rivers during the dry summer and fall months, will be announced tomorrow by the Department of Water Resources. With drought conditions...continued

Saving Water and Energy through More Efficient Clothes Washers

Posted March 17, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably

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This past December I traded in my suits and ties for jeans and t-shirts and relocated from DC to Los Angeles.  While I have missed out on the brutally cold and snowy winter that has plagued much of the East,...continued

New Jersey Must Consider Climate Change Risks in Recovery Programs

Posted March 6, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Extreme weather events in recent years have made states throughout the country rethink how investments in communities can make them more resilient to future storms and other types of natural disasters.  There is no clearer example of this than in...continued

Another Voice Says Most States Are Not Preparing for Climate Change

Posted November 19, 2013 by Ben Chou in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As a Columbia alum and someone who has written extensively about climate preparedness, I was pleasantly surprised when my alma mater’s Center for Climate Change Law recently released a report rating all 50 states’ planning for climate change impacts.  The...continued

Going Green In The Desert: Tucson, Arizona Is Now An NRDC "Emerald City"

Posted October 29, 2013 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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Arizona may be known for a lot of things, but rainfall is not one of them—it’s among the driest states in the country.  However, having previously lived in the Grand Canyon State, I personally can attest to the fact that...continued

Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Report: Over a Year Late and Still Waiting

Posted September 23, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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In our analysis last year of how all 50 states are preparing for the impacts of a rapidly changing climate, we ranked Pennsylvania among the leading states in the country when it comes to climate preparedness planning.  However, at the...continued

Healthy Soils Can Help Protect Against Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Posted August 30, 2013 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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In recent years, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change have been felt in communities across the U.S.  In 2012, eleven different extreme weather events, from severe storms and flooding to extreme heat and drought caused over $1 billion...continued

Connecticut Steps Forward on Climate Preparedness As North Carolina Falls Backwards

Posted August 12, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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As states across the country grapple with hotter temperatures, more frequent floods, drought, and other extremes, many are factoring how a rapidly warming climate is affecting their ability to protect public health and safety, build resilient communities, support economic growth,...continued

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