Chicagoland Collaborative: Models for Climate Resilience

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

•    Methodology and framework for effective regional collaboration on climate resilience
•    Lessons learned from regional, multi-stakeholder collaborative effort
•    Review data tools and case studies integrating stormwater management strategies into community planning processes. 

Unlike the anticipated dramatic sea level rise, the Chicago region already floods from very small, frequent storm events which cause considerable damage to property, infrastructure, and quality of life. With climate change, downpours are becoming more frequent and heavier. Yet current flood risk is poorly understood and communities are not prepared for increasingly intense storms. Addressing existing and future flooding requires a new level of coordination across government agencies, non-profit organizations, and residents.

In response, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) formed the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative (CSC) in 2014 to convene those diverse stakeholders in the Calumet region of south Chicago and its suburbs. The CSC provides the forum to align efforts, identify synergies, and share best practices. To date, CSC members have partnered to bring planning assistance to municipalities, develop green infrastructure design templates, and conduct a market analysis to evaluate workforce opportunities in green infrastructure.  Additionally, the CSC itself is a model for how to establish, engage, and retain intergovernmental and cross-sector partnerships to address complex urban problems. This session will feature the work of the CSC through a moderated discussion with MPC, and 2 members: the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. 


Danielle Gallet , Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Nora Beck , Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning , Chicago , IL
Sarah Cardona , Metropolitan Planning Council , Chicago , IL