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Climate Resilient Cities Symposium

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 to 100 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 and in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Key Speakers*: 

  • James Mcguire, Managing Director, City of Dallas, Office of Environmental Quality
  • Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State
  • Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantifiable Ventures*
  • Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, ESRI
  • Matt de la Houssaye, Director NYC Office & Coalition for Resource Recovery, Global Green 
  • Cooper Martin, Program Director, National League of Cities
  • Anne Kelly, Senior Policy Director, CERES
  • Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES

Participants include:

  • North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Dallas County
  • Fresh Coast Capital
  • ESRI
  • National League of Cities
  • Quantified Ventures
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • EARTHx
  • City of Dallas
  • American Sustainable Business Council
  • Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Durango, CO
  • Global Green
  • Texas A&M
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Perkins + Will
  • MyStrongHome
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