Leaping to Solutions Climate Change Symposium

Leaping to Solutions Climate Change Symposium

Climate Change Symposium

Saturday, February 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Climate change is a topic of daily conversation these days. Scientists have well-documented evidence that human activity, starting with the dawn of the industrial revolution, is the driving force behind these changes. During our November 2018 symposium, we touched on the topic of climate change and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Attendees genuinely appreciated the chance to hear the facts and gain a better understanding of climate change basics.
Based on that feedback, we’re focusing this symposium solely on climate change. Come join us on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020 to expand on the basics and have the chance to hear from local officials on how cities in the Tidewater area are preparing to mitigate the challenges associated with sea level rise. Full schedule and keynote speakers are listed below.

As an added bonus that day, Elizabeth River Project will host their 2nd Annual Youth Resilience Expo. See how students in grades K-12 envision solutions to address flooding, promote resilience actions and reduce their carbon footprint at their schools. We’ve built in extra time during lunch for symposium attendees to enjoy these innovative solutions.

Registration Cost

Cost: $50 for members; $60 for not-yet-members

Registration includes lunch

Symposium Schedule

Time Topic & Speaker
10:00-10:15 AM Welcome from Norfolk City Council member, The Honorable Andria McClellan
10:15-11:15 AM Dr. Michael Allen, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University 

Climate Science 2020: National Perspectives: Global Interactions

11:20 AM-12:20 PM Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia
Preparing for a Hotter, Wetter, Sneezier, and Wheezier Virginia
12:20-1:45 PM Lunch and exploration of ERP’s Youth Resilience Expo 
1:45-2:45 PM Skip Stiles, Executive Director of Wetlands Watch, Responses to the Changes We are Seeing 
2:55-3:55 PM Moderated Panel

Kyle Spencer, City of Norfolk, Office of Resilience

Charles J. Bodnar and Sue E. Kriebal, City of Virginia Beach Public Works, Stormwater Engineering Center

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