HARC’s People & Nature Speaker Series on Thursday, September 12, 2018 welcomed 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; and Shalini Vajjhala, PhD – Founder & CEO, re:focus partners.
Introducing a new approach to resilience and utilizing an interactive fishbowl format, the speaker panel engaged with each other and the audience to address resilient infrastructure funding using nature-based solutions. The program also focused on innovative strategies that combine public and private financing to help communities better absorb and rebound from disasters. During the evening, the panel addressed how communities can strengthen ecological and built environment systems and tackle the inequities in investment.
In follow up to the workshop, HARC researchers authored an edition of HARC’s Green Paper series entitled Funding Resilience in the Greater Houston Region: Synopsis from a Public-Private Sector Workshop, A Green Paper Report by Gavin Dillingham, Lisa Gonzalez, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, and Stephanie Glenn (2019).