Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate-Ready Philadelphia

AIA Philadelphia


Thursday, November 10, 2016
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EST

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The program will review the details of Growing Stronger: Towards a Climate-Ready Philadelphia, the City’s first climate adaptation report, which details flood risks and increased heat risks for Philadelphia, presented visually and graphically. This information will be useful to building and design professionals as they consider how a wetter and warmer Philadelphia will impact how we build infrastructure, buildings, public spaces or other assets in the decades to come. Speakers will provide specific examples of how this information is helping to inform public policy, capital planning, and building and infrastructure design in order to protect both residents and the built environment. The Office of Sustainability will outline the recommendations the report makes on how various City departments can protect their assets from climate change. One example of that will come from the Department of Parks and Recreation, which is already reviewing ways to restore and preserve Haddington Woods in the face of issues like climate change. SEPTA will also share how climate change is already having an impact on the region’s transit system and what they are doing to increase reliability and redundancy. 


Sarah Wu

Invited Speaker

Sarah Wu is the Deputy Director for Planning in the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability. Sarah manages the City of Philadelphia’s climate adaptation planning process and is overseeing the update of Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. She also co-chairs the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council ... Read More