HARC is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainability, and our mission of independent research on issues relating to air, energy and water is more relevant and needed in 2018 than at any other time in our history. With a dedicated team and along with numerous partners, we continue to develop applied research and build a future in which people and nature flourish.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6 pm – 8:30 pm
[Program from 6 – 7:45 pm with reception to follow]
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
We cannot prevent extreme weather events and the climate science tells us that Harvey and other weather events, such as severe droughts and extreme heat are becoming more common. Rebuilding our infrastructure after Harvey and ensuring our communities are more resilient to withstand the next big one requires significant financial resources.
How do we mobilize these financial resources and, more specifically, how do we mobilize investment in climate-resilient urban infrastructure? Historically, public funds distributed from federal, state and local government sources played an important role in rebuilding communities and infrastructure. However, these funds are limited in their scope and ability to support innovative resilience strategies that can create a more livable, nature-based and equitable region.
Local and state leaders have been working to bring billions of recovery dollars to the region and residents are getting ready to vote on the $2.5 billion Harris County bond initiative on August 25th. While these public funds are important to the recovery of the Greater Houston region, long-term resilience will also require new and innovative public and private investment. Cities such as Washington DC, New Orleans, Miami and now Houston are looking to innovative policies and mechanisms that can unlock investment in resilient infrastructure in the built and natural environment.
On September 12th, HARC is providing that opportunity to take the first step forward to identify more innovative funding sources. We will convene a panel of national climate resilience funding experts to discuss how the Greater Houston Region can implement proven, innovative resilience financing strategies. We hope it will inspire our community leaders, decision makers and key stakeholders to go beyond business as usual and take the necessary steps to ensure that the entire region has the necessary financial resources to build back better.
To learn more about the six national experts involved in this event, please click on the links below:
- 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
HARC's People and Nature Speaker Series brings nationally recognized experts and the public together to talk openly from multiple viewpoints about issues facing our growing region. The primary goal of the program is to stimulate discussion and understanding and inspire action and cooperation among our region’s leaders and community members.
Thanks to the generous support of the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, educators and students receive complimentary admission to 2018 Speaker Series events.