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SPN Panel on Adapting to Climate Change

Challenged by increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, sea level rise, as well as intense and frequent weather events, how will large urban centers like NYC, as well as smaller cities, adapt to climate change vulnerabilities? Efforts to limit climate change are no longer enough - we need to develop a response that pairs climate mitigation with adaptation strategies. Climate effects may result in coastal erosion and associated damage to ports, roads, and other coastal infrastructure, flooding, salinity intrusion into water supplies, and inadequacy of existing infrastructure to handle these changes. Cities around the world will have to invest in costly infrastructure as well as develop public health and natural disaster response strategies. How do we predict the effects of climate change on a local level? How do we identify vulnerabilities and ways to adapt? Join the SPN panel of experts to review the current state of climate change research and preparation in NYC and other urban centers. We will explore the issues of infrastructure, environmental and economic changes, and discuss tools to develop adaptation strategies and recommendations on how to achieve an effective climate resilience program. Panelists: Jon Dickinson, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; Chris Zeppie, Director of Environmental Policy, Programs and Compliance, Port Authority of New York, New Jersey; David Kooris, Vice President and Director, Regional Plan Association; Bruce Kahn, Director and Senior Investment Analyst , Deutsche Asset Management Invited: Cynthia Rosensweig, GISS, William Solecki, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a NYC forum for professionals working with sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are 1,200 members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO's. SPN holds monthly panel discussions. Previous panel topics and speakers are listed on our website. The panel is co-sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity. The Zicklin Center is a forum for the discussion of a broad range of contemporary issues confronting US corporations and capital markets.

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  • Gil L.

    Very strong presentations from a well rounded panel. Excellent post lecture Q&A. With a wonderful reception afterwards.

    September 23, 2011

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