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> Registration Rate Schedule Updated: 1-Day and Bootcamp Only Passes Added
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> Hazen & Sawyer Joins Summit as a Sponsor
> Arup International Joins Summit as a Sponsor
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The inaugural Rising Seas Summit brought together more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

Program Highlights

  • CCOTM training bootcamps on the basics of sea level rise and conducting vulnerability assessments (more to be announced shortly)
  • Meetings, workshops and roundtable discussions with Federal and local government officials leading adaptation planning efforts on behalf of their respective organizations
  • 4 plenary sessions featuring elected officials, Federal agency leaders, recognized thought leaders and scientific experts
  • 6 breakout panel discussions examining best practices on modeling and planning for sea level rise, providing case studies from existing efforts, quantifying the term economic implications of sea level rise, making sound investments, planning for more frequent and significant extreme events
  • CCO Roundtable networking lunch in which senior officials and experts from across sectors share their experience and wisdom with attendees 

First Wave of Confirmed Speakers & Instructors Announced ...

The following individuals are already confirmed to participate in the 2014 Rising Seas Summit.  Additional presenters and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

  • Christine Ackerson Senior Manager, Sustainability & CSR, LG Electronics USA
  • John Atkinson Computational Fluid Dynamicist, Arcadis US
  • Larry Atkinson Professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University
  • Pinar Balci Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Curt Baranowski Environmental Protection Specialist, Climate Smart Water Utilities Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • NEW: Louise Bedsworth Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
  • Alain Bourque Executive Director, Ouranos
  • Kelly Burks-Copes Ecologist, Ecological Resources Branch, Ecosystem Evaluation and Engineering Division, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Develop Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • NEW: Margaret Caldwell Executive Director, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions
  • NEW: Emily CoBabe-Ammann Director, UCAR Community Programs, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Anne Choate Vice President, ICF International
  • Peter Dailey Senior Vice President, Verisk Climate
  • Margaret Davidson Senior Leader for Coastal Inundation and Resilience, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NEW: Susanne DesRoches Assistant Chief, Resilience and Sustainability, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (invited)
  • Olga Dominguez Retired, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Kevin Donnelly Assistant Commissioner, Wastewater Capital Program, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • NEW: Caitlin Durkovich Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • John Englander Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • NEW: Adam Fenech Director, UPEI Climate Research Lab, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Joan Fitzgerald Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Melanie Fitzpatrick Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Rebecca Flora Sustainable Communities Practice Leader, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • NEW: Grover Fugate Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Michael Gerard Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
  • NEW: Nancy Girard Commissioner, Department of Environment, City of Boston
  • Daniel Goelzer Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • William Golden Executive Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure
  • Deborah Harford Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University
  • Brian Helmuth Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • NEW: Heather Holsinger Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Radley Horton Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute
  • Allan Klindworth Project Manager, Climate Adaptation, AECOM
  • Caroline Lewis Executive Director, The CLEO Institute
  • Alice Lippert Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Susan Love Planner, Delaware Coastal Management Program
  • Doug Marcy Coastal Hazards Specialist, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Emilie Mazzacurati Managing Director, Four Twenty Seven LLC
  • Michael Mondshine Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Group
  • Margery Moore Director, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
  • Rich Olson Professor and Director of Extreme Events Research, Office of the Vice President for Research, Florida International University
  • NEW: Steven Patarcity Senior Analyst & Strategic Plans Officer, Office of the Chief, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Margaret Peloso Attorney, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • NEW: Donovan Richards, Jr. Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection & Council Member (District 31), New York City Council
  • NEW: Josh Sawislak Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Emily Seyller Inform Decisions & Adaptation Science Program Manager, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Nick Shufro Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC
  • Ben Strauss Vice President, Climate Impacts, Climate Central
  • Carter Strickland Vice President, Water & Natural Resources Program Manager, HDR
  • Halldor Thorgeirsson Director for Implementation Strategy, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Susanne Torriente Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • NEW: Stephen Weinstein Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
  • Caitlin Werrell Co-Director, Center for Climate and Security
  • Adam Whelchel Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
  • NEW: Jeff Williams Director, Climate Consulting, Entergy

Rising Seas Summit Steering Committee

  • Pinar Balci Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Margaret Davidson Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • John Englander Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Daniel Kreeger Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Sara Law Manager, Special Projects, CDP
  • Michael Mondshine Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Group
  • Susanne Torriente Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale