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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

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

On Climate Change Action, the Differences Between Maryland and Virginia Couldn't Be Greater

Posted July 24, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Having lived in the DC metro region for a few years now, I’ve noticed there is a bit of a rivalry between those who live in Maryland and those who live in Virginia (don’t get me started on those who...continued

Working Together, Utilities Can Save Water and Energy

Posted July 23, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably

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If you’re like most households in the U.S., there are routine chores that you do at least every week: vacuuming, dusting, cleaning, and laundry. Out of all of these, my favorite (if I was forced to choose) is doing laundry. It’s...continued

How Pollution and Climate Change Threaten Our Beaches

Posted June 26, 2013 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Recently, my nine-month old niece, Hermione (her parents are big Harry Potter fans), visited the beach for the first time at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Given that she’s a baby and still learning about the world, new things often...continued

States Are Responding to Climate Change Threats

Posted June 10, 2013 by Ben Chou in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As we enter the hottest time of the year (and a new season for hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires), a slew of states are taking steps forward when it comes to protecting their communities from the impacts of climate change. From...continued

Climate Change Threatens the Great Outdoors

Posted June 5, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This guest post is by Fay Augustyn, Intermountain West Blue Trails Manager at American Rivers, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water...continued

How Are California's Existing Water Management Issues Impacted by Climate Change?

Posted May 15, 2013 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness.  Like many states in the western U.S., California struggles with a...continued

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