Climate Resilient Cities symposium

Benefiting: EARTHx
Apr 21
Hosted by:EARTHx
When:
April 21, 2018 at 8:30am to
April 21, 2018 at 1:30pm
Where:
Music Hall, Fair Park map 909 1st Ave Dallas, TX 75210
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What is the Climate Resilient Cities Symposium?

Extreme weather, due to climate change, is threatening the well-being and effective functioning of American communities large and small. The good
news is that cities are taking steps to become more responsive and resilient to climate-induced economic, social and environmental disruptions to their critical infrastructure. Many are developing plans that both prepare for water and fire disasters and map out comprehensive recovery strategies. Being able to quickly bring back on line a city’s mobility, energy, water, sanitation and health systems infrastructure is both an economic and moral imperative.

As part of EarthX, this half-day program brings together 75 elected representatives, government officials, and business, foundation and non-profit leaders active in ensuring that cities are proactive in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

This invitation-only program will identify innovative best practices and resources that help cities deploy ‘smart’ technologies, access federal funding programs/tax incentives and planning methods to become more resilient. The goal is to help cities survive and thrive in the face of a complex, uncertain and ever-changing future. The symposium will describe how cities are becoming resilient by: working with the private sector, engaging their citizenry, using dispatchable clean energy technologies and GIS systems, strengthening their building/zoning codes, accessing federal resources, and diversifying their transportation and health care systems.

About EarthX

EarthX is an international environmental nonprofit based in Texas dedicated to educating and inspiring action for a sustainable future. Gathering concerned citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofits, and global leaders at the WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE, EarthX programs an exposition, a film festival, and conferences.

For more information, contact Richard Eidlin at richard@eidlin.com or 303.478.0131

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AGENDA

A Symposium on Preparing and Responding to Climate Disasters: Strategies for Creating Resilient Cities

SYMPOSIUM: APRIL 21, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM AT FAIR PARK

 

What is the Climate Resilient Cities Symposium?

Extreme weather, due to climate change, is threatening the well-being and effective functioning of American communities large and small. The good
news is that cities are taking steps to become more responsive and resilient to climate-induced economic, social and environmental disruptions to their critical infrastructure. Many are developing plans that both prepare for water and fire disasters and map out comprehensive recovery strategies. Being able to quickly bring back on line a city’s mobility, energy, water, sanitation and health systems infrastructure is both an economic and moral imperative.

 

As part of EarthX, this half-day program brings together 75 elected representatives, government officials, and business, foundation and non-profit leaders active in ensuring that cities are proactive in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

 

This invitation-only program will identify innovative best practices and resources that help cities deploy ‘smart’ technologies, access federal funding programs/tax incentives and planning methods to become more resilient. The goal is to help cities survive and thrive in the face of a complex, uncertain and ever-changing future. The symposium will describe how cities are becoming resilient by: working with the private sector, engaging their citizenry, using dispatchable clean energy technologies and GIS systems, strengthening their building/zoning codes, accessing federal resources, and diversifying their transportation and health care systems.

 

About EarthX

EarthX is an international environmental nonprofit based in Texas dedicated to educating and inspiring action for a sustainable future. Gathering concerned citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofits, and global leaders at the WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE, EarthX programs an exposition, a film festival, and conferences.

 

For more information, contact Richard Eidlin at richard@eidlin.com or 303.478.0131

 

AGENDA

8:00 – 8:30 am - Registration/Coffee & Breakfast

Framing the Big Picture

8:30 – 8:55 am – The Challenge Cities Face in Preparing and Responding to Climate Disasters

Climate change poses substantial risks to cities throughout the United States. Becoming resilient in the face of extreme weather requires strong interagency coordination, active involvement of the private sector and the adoption of distributed and redundant communication systems. Hear from leaders on the front line of addressing climate risks.

  • Katherine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
  • Roger Sorkin, Filmmaker Director, American Resilience Project
  • Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau
  • Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological & Inclusive Transition (France) -  Video Address
  • Richard Eidlin, Advisor, EarthX

SESSION I

9:00 – 9:55 am – Resiliency: Mitigating a Climate Disaster

Effectively responding to a fire, flood or other weather disaster requires a whole systems approach. A coordinated strategy is essential, including a strong chain of command, timely collaboration among various agencies and stakeholders, and a vision for long-term recovery. Making use of GIS and other land use tools to identify vulnerable infrastructure and critical assets, such as electric grid, wastewater treatment, and transportation corridors can help to minimize losses.

  • Jeri Muoio, Mayor, West Palm Beach
  • Rebecca Rubin, CEO, Marstel-Day
  • James Mcguire, Managing Director, City of Dallas, Office of Environmental Quality
  • Nicolas Imbert, Executive Director, Green Cross France
  • Cooper Martin, Program Director, Sustainable Cities, National League of Cities, Moderator

9:55 – 10:05am – Networking Break (coffee/tea/snack)

SESSION 2

10:05 am – 11:00 am – Resiliency: Recovering from a Climate Disaster

After the hurricane or fire, it’s imperative to increase infrastructure resilience through policies, planning and construction practices. Discussions need to be held about installing more robust communications technology, no- 


build zones and upgraded building codes. And, it’s time
to explore how federal disaster relief funds and private investment can be secured, along with the prospect of new user fee programs. And, finally it’s smart to look at hiring a Chief Resilience Office and integrate resiliency into a city’s overall and coordinated planning strategy.

  • Dick White, Mayor of Durango, CO
  • Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, Esri
  • Adena Leibman, Ocean and Natural Resources Counsel, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Jayeesah Dutta, Co-Leader, Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative
  • Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, Moderator

SESSION 3

11:00 am – 11:50 am – Resources and Assets to Build Climate Resilient Cities

From foundation grants to tax incentives, cities have access to a range of resources and tools to help them become more climate resilient. This session identifies current financial and technical resources available to strengthen a communities’ planning and communications capacities at the neighborhood and city level.

  • Ashley Grosh, Senior Relationships Manager, Wells Fargo
  • Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantifiable Ventures
  • Daniel Kreeger, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • David Levine, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Matt de la Houssaye, Global Green Sustainable Neighborhood & Resiliency Program, Moderator

SESSION 4

11:50 am – 12:50 pm – Lunch hosted by WASI - Committing to Building Cross Sectorial Collaborations

We Are Still In - Committing to Building Strong Cross Sectorial Collaborations

The We Are Still In (WASI) coalition has attracted, since June of 2017, thousands of companies, state and local governments, tribes, universities, faith groups, NGOs who’ve committed to supporting the Paris Agreement and working together to take climate action. This session focuses on WASI’s efforts this year to help drive action and connect participating institutions with the resources they need to deliver on their commitments, Leading up to the Global Climate Action Summit in California in September.

  • Anne Kelly, Senior Director of Policy, CERES and We’re Still In Coalition
  • Jeri Muoio, Mayor, West Palm Beach
  • Tommy Hanks, Policy Partnerships Manager, Lyft
  • Bee Moorhead, Texas Impact & Texas Interfaith Coalition*

SESSION 5

12:50 pm – 1:30 pm – Smart and Resilient Communities

Smart cities involve public-private partnerships and work to integrate multiple information and communication technologies solutions. The goal is to more efficiently manage a city’s assets. Such efforts can assist communities in their planning efforts to become more resilient in the face of climate change and weather related events.

  • Allen Sulgrove, Director, Digital Markets, General Datatech
  • Robert Kent, North Texas Area Director, The Trust for Public Land
  • Bruno Sarda, Vice President of Sustainability, NRG
  • Anne Kelly, Senior Director of Policy, CERES and We’re Still In Coalition
  • Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES, Moderator

The Symposium is FREE to attend.

Please register at my.earthx.org/events/-/e173170

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