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2016 Rising Seas Summit is being rescheduled.  An announcement will be made shortly regarding the new date.

The Rising Seas Summit is the premier annual conference bringing together professionals from across sectors to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events and develop strategies for adaptation. The 2015 Summit boasted more than 300 attendees and was produced in partnership with the City of Boston and Boston Green Ribbon Commission.  Previous Summits have been hosted in New York City and Fort Lauderdale.

Program Highlights from the 2015 Summit

  • 4 plenary sessions featuring elected officials, Federal agency leaders, recognized thought leaders and scientific experts
  • 12 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
  • 3 CCO Training BootcampsTM on leveraging climate data and tools, stakeholder engagement and organizational change strategies and adaptation planning
  • Metcalf Institute workshop for environmental journalists
  • Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase and Poster Session feature presentations from technical experts in the public and private sectors
  • Women's Climate Collaborative speed mentoring event

2016 Steering Committee

  • Allison Anderson Principal, unabridged Architecture PLLC
  • Rebecca Beavers Coastal Geology and Coastal Adaptation Coordinator, National Park Service
  • Virginia Burkett Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Kevin Bush Resilience Team Lead, Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Robert Corell Principal, Global Environment and Technology Foundation
  • John Englander Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Nancy Gassman Assistant Public Works Director, Sustainability Division, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Jared Genova Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Project Manager, City of New Orleans
  • Tim Grandia Program Director, Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
  • Jeff Hebert Chief Resilience Officer, City of New Orleans
  • Jessica Hitt Scientist and CAKE Program Manager, EcoAdapt
  • Pamela Jenkins Professor & Co-Founder,  Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), The University of New Orleans
  • Daniel Kreeger Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Camille Manning Broome Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence
  • Jeanie Moore Senior Advisor, Private Sector Initiatives, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Amelia Pellegrin Environmental Services Manager, Port of New Orleans
  • Denise Reed Chief Scientist, The Water Institute of the Gulf
  • Natalie Schneider Climate Change & Sustainability Coordinator, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County
  • Mark Spalding President, Ocean Foundation
  • RADM David Titley (ret.) Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Penn State University
  • Susanne Torriente Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach
  • Hilari Varnadore Executive Director, STAR Communities
  • Adam Whelchel Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jeff Williams Retired Director of Climate Consulting, Entergy
  • Additional steering committee members to be announced shortly

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