Wendi Goldsmith is Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Urban Watershed Resilience. She is a Yale trained geologist with 25 years of consulting roles guiding communities and engineering teams to adopt measures to better address sustainability and climate change throughout New England and beyond. Her projects have included campus, community, and infrastructure planning and design. For the past five years she has engaged with European researchers funded in part through insurance industry support to develop pragmatic strategies to guide climate adaptation and resilience. A pioneer in green infrastructure, Dr. Goldsmith has guided clients to carry out water resources engineering projects accommodating or harnessing natural processes. She played a lead role on the planning, design, and program management of the $14 billion post-Katrina Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, the first regional-scale climate adapted infrastructure system in the US, informed by climate forecasts and related dynamics. She coordinated the science, policy, and engineering disciplines involved in implementing engineering design criteria for the new resilient infrastructure system in Greater New Orleans under contract to Army Corps contracts totaling $200 million in services.
Dr. Goldsmith is known for building consensus among diverse and often antagonistic stakeholder groups to help advance large public projects. Her work exemplifies solutions operating on a systems level, addressing risk and resilience across uncertain scenarios. She has led R&D programs for DOD developing methods for evaluating and optimizing renewable energy and efficient/resilient buildings, infrastructure, and site design. She is well regarded for her expertise in practical application of climate science in the built environment, notably within river corridors and coastal landforms. She has written and presented extensively on climate change resilient design in urban settings and frameworks for decision-making informed by community engagement, including book chapters, peer reviewed articles, reports, trainings, and keynotes.