PNW 2018 Climate Resilience Summit

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The 2018 Pacific Northwest Climate Resilience Summit was hosted at Seattle University on Saturday, January 6th. This conference focused on issues of equity and understanding how we can best support communities on the front lines of climate disruption. See the presentations from each session below. For the program overview see here.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability not only to bounce back, but also to ‘bounce forward’ – to recover and at the same time to enhance the capacities of the community or organization to better withstand future threats.  

 –  Resilience Strategies for Communities at Risk. Urban Resilience Program.
White Paper Series. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2014.

Business Resilience

  1. Kevin Wilhelm, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting
    Climate Resiliency: Finance, How it Got us into this Mess and How it is Going to Get us Out
  2. Elizabeth Leavitt, Senior Director, Port of Seattle
    Using Your Port’s Influence to shift the Market Towards Climate Resilience

Education, Youth, and Climate

  1. Eli Weiss, Community Engagement Supervisor, Woodland Park Zoo
    Aji Piper, Local activist and member: Our Children’s Trust, Earth Guardians, Plant for the Planet, and SYCAN
    Rayan Krishnan, Vice President and Technology Director of Schools Under 2C
    Michaela Leung, SYCAN leadership team and Discovery Corps Intern, Pacific Science Center
    Local Youth are Leaders in Climate Action
  2. Alexis Alloway, Associate, Triangle Associates
    Patricio Ku, Project Associate, Triangle Associates
    Building Resilience with Equitable Climate Change Education

Health & Food Systems

  1. Sarah Cornett, Climate Program Organizer, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)
    Laura Skelton, Executive Director, WPSR
    Margaret Kitchell, Climate and Health Task Force, WPSR
    The Health Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation in Washington State
  2. Paris Yates, Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Urban Food System
    Are Seattle's Food Systems Sustainable?
  3. Maria Batayola, Program Coordinator, El Centro de la Raza
    Cross-cultural Organizing for Environment and Health in Beacon Hill
    (presentation not shared publicly, please email Maria at if you are interested in viewing) 

Urban Planning: Infrastructure

  1. Facilitated by Nancy Rottle, Professor, University of Washington
    City/Nature for Urban Resilience: Greener Belltown = Bluer Sound
  2. Laura Whitely Binder, King County Climate Team
    Jamie Stroble, King County Climate Team
    Dane Carson, Seattle/King County Public Health
    Mapping Climate Risks and Planning for Resiliency – What Do Race and Place Have to Do with It?
  3. Facilitated by Iain M Robertson, Associate Professor, University of Washington
    The Contributions of Plants & Design to a Healthy and Climate Resilient Seattle  

Urban Planning: Policy

  1. Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director of Got Green
    Community-based Resilience: The Climate Justice Project
  2. Sameer Ranade, Climate & Clean Energy Program Associate Washington Environmental Council
    Deric Gruen, Policy & Communications, Front & Centered
    Tackling Climate Change Justly and Effectively
  3. Ray Williams, Teacher, Art Institute of Seattle
    Jared Johnson, Seattle Housing Authority Ron Harris-White, Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity, Antioch University and Black Farmers Collective
    Yes Farm; How agencies can collaborate with community groups to activate urban open spaces

Water and Energy Use

  1. Hannah Kett, Puget Sound Cities Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
    Marisa Hagney, Living Community Challenge Manager, International Living Future Institute
    Vision to Implementation: Our Rights to Our Rights-of-Way
  2. Crystal Raymond, Climate Adaption Strategic Advisor, Seattle City Light
    Building Climate Resilience at Seattle City Light
  3. Facilitated by Brandy Reed, Interagency Director, King Conservation District
    Urban Tree Canopy in the PNW - Understanding the Impacts of Stormwater on Front Line Communities and How Healthy Urban Forests Can Make a Difference