2015 Rising Seas Summit & Call for Abstracts

Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) is partnering with the Association of Climate Change Officers on the 2015 Rising Seas Summit.  This program is the premier national conference facilitating the exchange of best practices and cutting edge solutions related to sea level rise. 
call for abstracts for the Summit has been announced (below) and early bird registration is now open.Reference promotional code Partners-Discount-NHMA when prompted for a 20% discount on the published rates.

Call for Abstracts

The Rising Seas Summit steering committee is seeking suggested speakers, subject matter and session types that will address key themes and issues related to sea level rise.  Abstract submitters are encouraged to propose post-conference workshops, roundtable discussions, breakout panels, plenary sessions and individual (or keynote) speakers.
>  Astract Submission Deadline: July 7, 2015
>  Click here to submit an abstract (preview the survey questions)
Themes upon which this year’s Summit will focus include:
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Governance structures and public-private partnerships
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Engaging the c-suite
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Lessons learned in recovering from flood events
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Community organizing
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Economic development
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Public health implications of sea level rise
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Addressing adaptation and resilience in different classes of infrastructure and the build environment
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Policy challenges, opportunities and dialogues
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Innovative technology solutions
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Private sector engagement
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Financing implementation strategies and leveraging market-based approaches
All speaker recommendations should be recognized subject matter experts and possess strong public speaking skills.  Contact information and bios will be required for all suggested presenters.

About the Rising Seas Summit

The 2015 Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals together to advance capacity in responding to sea level rise and highlight innovative strategies for adaptive planning. Last year’s marquee event held during Climate Week New York was attended by nearly 300 professionals across sectors. As the recent findings related to the Antarctic ice shelves cast clearer light on rates of sea level rise, the coastal ecosystems and inland water systems are at even greater risk, and the recent catastrophic impacts from hurricanes and typhoons have made the need to plan for adaptation a clear and present necessity. These emerging and increasing environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental, economic and social degradation induced by climate change.

Steering Committee

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Pinar Balci – Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
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Dennis Carlberg – Sustainability Director, Boston University
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John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
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Ira Feldman – President & Senior Cousnel, Greentrack Strategies
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Joan Fitzgerald – Director, Law, Policy and Society Program, Northeastern University
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Tim Grandia – Program Director, Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
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Lara Hansen – Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt
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Anthony Janetos – Director and Professor of Earth and Environment, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University
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Archie Kasnet – Vice President, Sustainability, Altenex LLC
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Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
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Robbin Peach – Program Manager of Resiliency, MassPort
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Cammy Peterson – Clean Energy Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
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Erika Spanger-Siegfried – Senior Analyst, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
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Carl Spector – Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston
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Ed Thomas – President, National Hazard Mitigation Association
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Ray Toll – Navy NOAA Liaison, Old Dominion University
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Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
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Catherine Williams – Senior Director for Marketing and Communications, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
For more information about this program,
please contact 
Julia Price Radice at 202-496-7390.