Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level

Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level

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Aired on April 16, 2018


Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, hosted a new five-webinar series — “Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Series”.

This is the first webinar in the series and focuses on climate policy. Panelists include Michael McCormick, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and Guy Williams, on the Detroit Climate Action Plan. This session is moderated by Elizabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice at the Arizona State University’s Center for Science, Policy & Outcomes and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Subsequent webinars address Innovations in Climate Solutions and Climate Justice and Adaptation plus other timely and impactful subjects.

 Panelists for the Webinar Include:

Michael McCormick, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. He is currently working with the Air Resources Board and the Resources Agency to develop tools that local governments can use to develop more effective plans and policies to address climate change.

Guy Williams, President & CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Project Director of the Detroit Climate Action Plan. He leads efforts to champion local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment and foster clean, healthy and safe communities.

Liz Williams Russell is the Coastal Community Resilience Director for the Foundation for Lousiana. Liz designs strategies to support communities influenced by land loss and relative sea-level rise across coastal Louisiana.

This session is moderated by Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and in the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. She co-directs the Energy and Society program within ASU-LightWorks and co-leads the Environmental Humanities Initiative in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Beth Gibbons is the Executive Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). In this role, she is responsible for strengthening ASAP as a newly independent nonprofit organization, managing relationships with its members, board and donors, and bringing adaptation best practices into the broader conversation across sectors and scales. Beth brings a decade of experience in sustainable development and climate adaptation to her role

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