If you took a Geography course over 20 years ago, you might recall the subject involving little more than memorizing the locations of continents, countries, cities, as well as climate and cultural facts. In that time, many universities have expanded their geography programs by entering the world of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS for short.
As a growing urban region and coastal metropolitan area, it is increasingly important that we become more resilient to better withstand disturbance and disaster. For the Greater Houston region to be successful in the future, we will need to shift the paradigm from one that focuses primarily on disaster preparedness, response and recovery to one that thinks broadly in terms of planning, equitable investment and adaptation to reduce risk.
HARC will introduce a new approach to resilience at its upcoming People & Nature Speaker series event. Please join us on September 12, 2018 at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as we present a fishbowl dialogue with six national experts engaging with each other and the audience on how to fund resilient infrastructure and nature-based solutions.
These thought leaders will focus on innovative strategies that combine public and private financing to help communities better absorb and rebound from disasters. They will also address how communities can strengthen ecological and built environment systems and tackle inequities in investment.
“Significant resources, especially financial, will be essential to rebuilding our infrastructure after natural disasters like Harvey,” says Dr. Gavin Dillingham, program director for HARC and one of the evening’s moderators. “Extreme weather events cannot be prevented, and climate science indicates events such as Hurricane Harvey will increase in frequency and strength, so we must advance our knowledge about resilience,” he adds.
HARC’s research supports dialogue and policies for a more sustainable future – and our People and Nature Speaker Series provides an excellent opportunity to foster collaboration. The format brings nationally recognized experts and the public together to talk openly from multiple viewpoints about issues facing our growing region. The primary goal of such a program is to stimulate discussion and understanding and inspire action and cooperation among our region’s leaders and community members.
HARC looks forward to welcoming these six national thought leaders to Houston:
- Shannon Cunniff – Director of Coastal Resilience, EDF
- Jose Peralta – Director, Aon Risk Solutions
- Jamie Rubin – CEO, Meridiam North America
- Peter Schultz, PhD – Vice President, ICF
- Stacy Swann – CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors
- Shalini Vajjhala, PhD – Founder & CEO, re:focus partners
Thanks to the generous support of the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, educators and students receive complimentary admission to 2018 Speaker Series events. HARC also thanks Shell for underwriting the event and the creation of summary materials for distribution to the public. To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE. Have questions? Please contact Events@HARCresearch.org for more information.