Climate Change, Water & Cities: How Communities Can Adapt to Sea-Level Rise & Increased Flood Risk



Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Climate change threatens hundreds of miles of vulnerable coastline and nearby areas in California’s metropolitan areas. Sea-level rise projections continue to increase, and scientists predict a rise in the frequency and severity of storm surges and flooding. With an estimated half million people living in coastal low-lying areas, a substantial segment of the state’s population will be directly affected. This panel convenes local officials and experts who grapple every day with the tough challenges—and opportunities—presented by the need for cities to begin adapting to the water-related effects of climate change. Moderated by an environmental attorney, the panel will address the approaches taken by local agencies




Geoff Smick

Geoff Smick is the President of WRA, Inc. He focuses on biological consulting, environmental regulatory compliance, and permitting for development, restoration, and mitigation projects for a variety of clients at the private, commercial, and public sector levels. Geoff excels in finding common ground between clients and regulators on complex issues ... Read More

Diane Oshima

Diane Oshima manages planning and regulatory compliance for the Port of San Francisco. She directs development of area plans and policies, advises entitlements for waterfront improvement projects, and manages community engagement and participation in major Port development and policy projects. Diane currently is leading the Port’s update of its ... Read More

Kiran Jain

Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. She has experience in both the public and private sectors focused on urban innovation. Kiran served as Chief Strategy Officer for Neighborly, a venture-backed company modernizing public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live ... Read More

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy is a Counsel at Perkins Coie LLP in San Francisco, with a legal practice focused on land use and development matters, and environmental review under CEQA. He secures and defends land use entitlements and counsels clients in preparing development applications, during the approval process, and in the due ... Read More

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