The density of human beings and infrastructure that make cities vibrant also leaves them especially vulnerable to the threats presented by climate change. As extreme weather events become increasingly frequent and intense, and greenhouse gas emissions continue to erode air quality, cities across the United States are responding by taking steps to build community resilience while simultaneously addressing the root causes of climate change. “Climate Action Plans” are the guiding frameworks utilized by localities to achieve these ends.
“Municipal Climate Policy: Local Solutions for a Global Problem” is an innovative combined conference and workshop, bringing academic scholarship and community planning together in one venue. The conference will begin by featuring scholars and practitioners who have a global perspective on local responses to climate change. The afternoon session will be a workshop, where attendees can collaborate with panelists in an attempt to review the climate action planning efforts of the city of Hartford, which are being undertaken in collaboration with UConn Law students. A climate action plan that addresses the sources of climate change while planning for adaptation will have long-term positive effects on the health and well-being of all who live and work in Hartford. Ultimately, it is the local sustainability actions taken by cities that will coalesce to achieve substantial results on a global scale.
The conference will include two morning panels, a keynote speaker and an afternoon presentation with discussion groups.
Learning Objectives include:
· Planners will learn about Climate Action Plans and best practices to address climate change from cities around the country, including NYC, Los Angeles, and Portland Oregon.
· Planners will learn about Hartford Connecticut’s Climate Stewardship Initiative and be asked for their input on the Hartford Initiative.
· Planners will learn valuable lessons that they can bring back to their own towns - from the communities above and from academics who have a global perspective.
Nilda Mesa is the Director of urban sustainability and equity planning, a new program of the Urban Design Lab at Earth Institute at Columbia University. With a long history of leadership and innovation on sustainability issues, Mesa’s expertise is an asset to the Urban Design Lab’s goals for ... Read More
Nat Gale, is Principal Project Coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in a lead capacity on outreach and programs that touch the everyday lives of Angelenos, such as the department’s award-winning People St program. His current focus is the city’s Vision Zero Initiative, where he works ... Read More
Sara Bronin is the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Connecticut Law School. Sara Bronin (formerly Galvan) is an architect and attorney whose scholarly research examines property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable ... Read More
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on:
Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning
Urban Street Networks, Urban Streets and Shared Spaces
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Anji Seth is a Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Seth’s research group focuses on the physical climate system, in particular, how regional climates are likely to evolve in the larger setting of human initiated global warming. She works with large global and regional observational data ... Read More
Doug Suisman is an internationally recognized, award-winning urban designer and architect. He founded Suisman Urban Design in 1990 to reshape and revive city places through an innovative process integrating architecture, research, planning, landscape design, narrative, and graphic design.
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Jonathan Rosenbloom is a Drake Law School professor since 2010. His focus areas are sustainability, environmental law, land use, state and local government and property. Previously he was a visiting assistant professor at Stetson University College of Law. His prior experience includes:
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Melissa Powers is an Associate Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. She teaches energy law, climate change law, the Clean Air Act, torts, and administrative law. Her research interests include energy law (with a specific focus on laws designed to promote renewable energy), domestic policies ... Read More
Michele Crim has worked in the environmental field for over 20 years. Her professional expertise in the areas of climate action, pollution prevention, environmental management systems and resource conservation led to her current position as Climate Action Programs and Policy Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and ... Read More