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The Challenges of Climate Change & Building Resilient Communities

Climate headlines. Swamp Watershed Association, the Somerset County Park Commission and the Passaic River Insitute are convening a multidisciplinary panel of scholars and experts fromMontclair State University to discuss some of the most pressing and complex issues surrounding our local and national debate over climate change. This event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Click here to download and print an event flyer.

Montclair State University panelists will include:

Nicole Bryan, Assistant Professor, School of Business 
Josh Galster, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies 
Julian Keenan, Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology 
Katherine McCaffrey, Associate Professor, Anthropology 
Sandra Passchier, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
Gregory Pope, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies 
Meiyin Wu, Associate Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology, Director, Passaic River Institute

Panelists will focus short presentations on the following topics and general questions:

Climate Change: What are some of the trends of climate change? Are future trend predictions possible? What are some possible causes of climate change?

Weather & Society: How can we develop a climate-ready society? Is proactive urban planning possible?

Flooding & Hydrology: How has land use changed since the 1970s? What effect have those changes had on flooding? How can we reduce flooding and flood damage in the present day?

Economics: Can we strike a balance between economic development and climate preparation? What roles do corporations play in creating that balance?

Community Development: How can we build resilient communities and the infrastructure to improve disaster management? What kind of programs should be developed in order to respond to groups that need assistance?

There is no charge to participate, but donations are appreciated. RSVPs are strongly recommended. Please register here:


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  • Ken R.

    It was a very good opening dialog for beginning the work towards building resilient communities. The hard part are in the next steps required to actually producing a change in the community of any size.

    May 14, 2013

  • Marnie V.

    In the Grand Canyon!

    May 8, 2013

  • Raymond H.

    Sounds very interesting!

    April 21, 2013

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