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Learning Expedition: Making an Impact: Addressing climate change in the city through inclusion and innovation FULL

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Climate change is the largest challenge of our time, the shifting sands upon which all of our economic, political, and social decisions are playing out. And with most of humanity living in and moving to cities--making urbanization now the main driver of climate change--consequences of global warming will be most visible and visceral here. In particular, in Seattle and other urban areas it will become starkly apparent that people in communities most affected by the impacts of climate change--from extreme heat and rising sea levels, to changes in food and water availability--will be people of already at risk, due to economic and environmental inequities. Fortunately, cities also offer an unparalleled opportunity to address these issues: they are the hubs of creativity and productivity that we need to propel us toward solutions and resilience in the face of climate change. Seattle offers a glimpse of some truly innovative steps toward addressing social, economic, and environmental factors that will underpin climate resilience. This learning expedition is hosted by Urban@UW and the Climate Impacts Group, at University of Washington.

Guiding question:

How do we develop solutions and adaptations that help all city-dwellers—including people in historically marginalized communities—to thrive amidst the impacts of a changing climate?

We’ll spend the morning in South Seattle along the Duwamish River, examining climate impacts from environmental and social perspectives. Heading to Vulcan, we will discuss how climate action can incorporate equity in a variety of contexts. In the afternoon we’ll explore some examples of this in the city, after which we’ll have a chance to collectively harvest the day’s insights about inclusivity and innovation in climate change adaptation


8:00: Meet at Impact Hub Seattle

8:15: Drive to Duwamish Longhouse 

9:00: Introduction to space - Longhouse representative 

9:10: Setting the tone - Jen Davison, Urban@UW and Derek Hoshiko, Climate Solutions

9:30: Climate science, impacts in cities, and potential adaptations - Amy Snover, Climate Impacts Group

10:00: Climate change and environmental justice - Sudha Nandagopal, City of Seattle

10:30: Drive to Riverside Drive/SPU site

10:45: Discussion: stormwater, climate justice, and the South Park community - James Rufo-Hill, Seattle Public Utilities, and Rebecca Saldaña, Puget Sound Sage 

11:30: Drive to Vulcan headquarters

12:00pm: Lunch/discussion; view video “Our Story: Climate Justice, Environmental Justice”

1:00: How do we begin to address climate mitigation and adaptation with an equity lens?

2:00: Walk to Plymouth Housing’s St Charles Place

2:15: Intro to Affordable Housing: Barriers - Steve Gelb, Emerald Cities Seattle

2:30: Walking Tour of St. Charles Place

2:50: Overcoming the Barriers to Efficiency in Affordable Housing - Steve Gelb

3:00: Renewables for Low Income Communities - Linda Irvine, NorthwestSEED

3:15: Fresh Bucks and Access to Healthy Food for Low Income Communities - Tammy Nguyen, Got Green

3:30: Discussion and Questions

3:45: Program ends and walk to Impact Hub

4:00: Discussion/harvesting insights - Jen Davison and Derek Hoshiko

5:30: Closing ceremony


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Jennifer Davison

Program Manager, Urban@UW, University of Washington
Jennifer Davison connects people and ideas across perspectives to help us realize a more sustainable and resilient world. With experience in software development, climate science, communications, and wilderness guiding, Davison develops collaborations to address complex issues: from... Read More →
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Derek Hoshiko

Climate Solutions
Derek Hoshiko works with individuals and groups through story and conversation to engage their passions and to bring integrity more fully into their lives and their work, so their values truly serve them. He enjoys helping people navigate our changing world, to make social change... Read More →
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Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions
Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides. As a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated powerful... Read More →

Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Jessica Finn Coven

Director Environment and Sustainability, City of Seattle
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Steve Gelb

Director, Emerald Cities Seattle
With a lifetime interest in the outdoors and the environment, Steve began his career in the outdoor products industry where he held leadership positions in product development. He redirected his career to energy efficiency and equity by founding SustainableWorks, a residential energy... Read More →
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James Rufo Hill

Climate Adaptation Specialist, City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities
James provides expert analysis and advice on behalf of Seattle Public Utilities' Climate Resiliency Group. For nearly 20 years, he has provided weather and climate forecasting services for newspapers, wind farms, oil rigs, container ships, insurance companies, and the U.S. Peace Corps... Read More →
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Linda Irvine

Program Director, Northwest SEED
Linda directs the development of community energy strategies at Northwest SEED. She manages the Northwest Solar Communities initiative to standardize and streamline rooftop solar installations in the Northwest and has authored several nationally distributed guides on Community Solar... Read More →
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Sudha Nandagopal

Program Manager for the Equity and Environment Initiative, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment
Sudha is a connector, story-teller, organizer, community builder, and campaigner working at the intersection of environmental, racial, and social justice issues. Grist Magazine recently honored Sudha as one of “50 innovators, organizers, and visionaries who will lead us toward a... Read More →
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Spencer Reeder

Senior Program Officer,, VULCAN
Spencer Reeder leads Vulcan’s climate and energy work within its philanthropy group. Spencer’s career spans over two decades of academic, government, and private-sector work in domestic and international science, technology, and related policy, including leading USAID’s climate... Read More →
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Rebecca Saldaña

Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage
Rebecca is the Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage. She builds powerful partnerships and a strong foundation for staff to lead winning campaigns for good jobs, affordable housing, clean and healthy environment, and strong communities where all families can thrive. Rebecca brings... Read More →
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Amy Snover

Director, Climate Impacts Group
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Laura Stewart

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participant, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
I have progressive experience in the international nonprofit and government sector. Currently, my research and publications at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focus on the development of GIS mapping and environmental assessment tools. Government, nonprofits... Read More →
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Kevin Taylor

Senior Specialist – Local Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
Kevin Taylor leads engagement and initiatives with cities as part of the broader Climate Program at WWF. Mr. Taylor's work focuses on the role cities play in our collective response to climate change and covers local, national and international policy advocacy, resilience, renewable... Read More →

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Climate Impacts Group

The Climate Impacts Group supports the development of climate resilience by advancing understanding and awareness of climate risks, and working closely with public and private entities to apply this information as they act to shape society’s future.

Wednesday July 6, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Impact Hub Seattle