Our Common Future Lecture: Urban Resilience to Extreme Climate Events
January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm| Free
Featured Speaker: Dr. Nancy Grimm, co-director of the Urban Resiliency to Extremes Sustainability Research Network and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to global sustainability, with extreme events being the most immediate way that people experience this phenomenon. Urbanization is increasing and climate change is an emerging threat. These two realities of the 21st century are on a collision course. To ensure the resilience of desired attributes of cities in the face of this impending collision, a new concept of infrastructure that integrates social, ecological, and technological elements in a systems framework is required. The infrastructure of the future must leverage ecosystem services, improve social well-being, and exploit new technologies in ways that benefit all segments of urban populations and are appropriate to the particular urban contexts.