How to Futureproof Cities

Monday, October 7
4:30PM - 5:30PM
Austin Convention Center MR 9AB


Ariella Cohen
Next City - Exec Editor


Daniel Zarrilli
Office Of The Mayor City Of New York - Dir of Resiliency


Elizabeth Love
Houston Endowment Inc - Program Officer


Laura Huffman
The Nature Conservancy - Dir, Urban Strategies Lead for North America & Texas State


The world’s population is growing at record speed with most of this growth concentrated in urban areas. In fact, for the first time, the majority of the world’s population now lives in a city or a metropolitan area.

While this brings promise and opportunity to our urban centers, it also puts enormous pressures on our natural resources. At the same time, urban areas are facing more extremes. Sea level rise, mega-storms, record temperatures and severe droughts are becoming the new normal.

The problems that cities face in the 21st century are not problems that we can solely build our way out of. More and more, cities are looking at watersheds, wetlands and forests as utility assets that, when properly utilized, can help us withstand more extreme and crowded conditions.

This panel will explore the urgent need to expand our understanding of urban conservation and how traditional, grey infrastructure and natural solutions can work hand-in-hand to address these challenges.

Event Type:
Climate Change
Cities USGBC Continuing Education AIA Continuing Education

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