Hot Enough For You?! How to Prepare Our City for Climate Change

This workshop is metro-accessible (next to Shaw Metro Stop on Green Line).

Cities throughout our country are on the front lines of increasingly extreme weather, from more intense heat waves and wildfires to droughts, rainstorms, and floods. As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events are getting more frequent or severe—often both. Washington, DC and neighboring cities are not exceptions!

On Wednesday, August 15, join your neighbors to learn about and discuss:

• What risk climate change poses to Washington, DC and nearby cities
• How cities are preparing for these risks
• What individuals can do to protect our community

Featured Speakers:

  • Rhys Gerholdt, Director, CarbonfreeDC
  • Dan Barry, Climate and Sustainability, DC Department of Environment
  • John Heermans, Climate and Sustainability, DC Department of Environment

Dan and John will give an overview of how Washington, DC is incorporating climate action into the city's overall sustainability initiatives, including how to ready our city for a changing climate.

There are literally hundreds of practical ways to prepare for warmer temperatures and more weather extremes, and forward-thinking U.S. cities are already implementing them: they are beating the heat with more green roofs and trees, installing larger culverts so heavy rains don’t flood streets, and enhancing water conservation initiatives to make sure every drop counts during prolonged droughts.

Our city needs to prepare for climate change. We need your help with identifying how our community is at risk and how best to get ready. All of our ideas will then be compiled and shared with local city leaders.

To learn more about the local risks of climate change and how to prepare locally, visit http://www.EarthHourCityChallenge.org.

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  • Elizabeth Chaisson

    The first speaker told us everything most of the crowd already new (preaching to the choir.) The crowd was mainly white, middle-income, college educated....same as most environmental groups. Second speaker wasn't very good....not at all enthusiastic. DDOE should have sent someone else who enjoys speaking to groups.

    August 16, 2012

  • John Heermans

    I thought it was a great meeting - very engaged group participants, well constructed presentation and good discussions.

    August 16, 2012

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