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Climate Symposium to examine resilience and adaptation strategies

January 30, 2015

The Institute of Urban Studies and the American Planning Association’s Midwest Texas Chapter will host the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Symposium February 6, 2015, at the UT Arlington campus. The symposium will bring North Texas stakeholders together to identify and assess shared challenges related to the specific impacts of climate change in our region. It provides a forum for learning about climate vulnerability in the region, sharing best practices in the resilience planning and identifying collaborative solutions for adaptation.

Nine break-out sessions will cover climate and environmental topics affecting our communities today and in the future. Four keynote speakers will provide their expertise in resilience and adaptation strategies: Robin Rather, CEO of Collective Strength; climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe; Theresa O’Donnell, City of Dallas Director of Planning and Neighborhood Vitality; and Transform Global Principal Betsy del Monte.

Dr. Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor at SUPA, and Ann Foss, Urban Planning and Public Policy Ph.D. student at SUPA, will speak in a session titled “Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change at the Municipal and Regional Scale.”

Meghna Tare, Director of UT Arlington’s Office of Sustainability, will speak at a session titled “Sustainability Partnerships Through Higher Education.”