Urban Resilience Series Webinars in May


Hear Case Studies from the Nature Conservancy Urban Programs
Rob MacDonald, Senior Urban Sustainability Scientist with The Nature Conservancy will address the impact and dependence of cities on the natural world at the May 21st urban resilience webinar. 
Rob currently leads a global team of scientists mapping where the cities of the world get their water, and evaluating their dependence on ecosystem services and their vulnerability to climate change. He authored the forthcoming book “Conservation for Cities” (Island Press) which documents the role green infrastructure can play in the well-being of urban residents. 

If you missed the first webinar in this series  “Along the Urban Path: Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs –  What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement”,  led by Arizona State University’s School of Sustainabilityclick on the slide and view the recording.  It will be live for the next several days before we put it in the SSF archive.

Please share the recording with your colleagues and invite them to the second session in the 
Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs - What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement
Webinar 1: Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs – What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement
 “Along the Urban Pathway” three part webinar series.
Webinar 2: Urban Resilience Case Studies – Social, Ecological, Technological System Pairs 
Thursday, May 21
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm EDT
The Along the Urban Path series is a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resilience. W ebinar 2 examines the interaction of pairs of systems to provide the audience with a way to consider the impacts and resulting trade offs of actions in one system on another. It will include 
  • Bill Solecki from City University of New York who will assess the socio-technological impacts of Hurricane Sandy
  • Authors of the Royal Society Resilience to Extreme Weather Report and
  • Peter Groffman with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies focusing on ecological, cultural, and economic forces that shape the environmental quality of urbanized areas
Attendees, curious minds, practitioners, and the general public are invited to dialogue about the webinars and the topic of “urban resilience” before and after the live webinars on the  Security & Sustainability Forum LinkedIn Group page in the designated thread.
The third webinar in the series will be scheduled for June and cover the integration of social, ecological, and technological systems on the urban path to resilience. 

The Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels on May 29th
In partnership with  LightWorks and  LightSpeed Solutions  
at Arizona State University, SSF is hosting a four webinar series to open conversations about alternative sources of sustainable transportation fuels.  Starts May 29th.  
Why should you be interested in the question of fuel availability in 20 years when petroleum prices have dropped so much this year and petroleum will dominate the fuels market for the next two decades?  It’s because of other factors such as sustainability, price volatility, security of supply, geopolitical ramifications, and environmental and climate impacts.  
These considerations call for continued research into other sources of transportation energy and into the production of other combustible liquid fuels to power internal combustion engines or fuel cells.   
Register for the first Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webiar
Although it is difficult to predict what transportation energy will look like in 2050, investments made now will frame that future. 
The goal of this four-part webinar series is to open up the conversation to more fuel production options, with a focus on what near term actions might accelerate the transition in the next 5 to 20 years toward sustainability, increase the economic efficiency of that transition, and minimize barriers that impede the transition or that make the transition more costly. 
The four-part series starts on May 29th and will continue monthly. Join the Future of Transportation Fuels LinkedIn Group to engage in the discussion with webinar panelists and other colleagues. 

Webinar 1:  Sustainable Transportation Fuels – Anchoring Themes

Friday, May 29
1:15 – 2:45 pm EDT
Webinar 1 will focus on major themes relevant to the future of sustainable transportation fuels and set the stage for subsequent webinars. Learn what some of the leading experts in transportation research, policy and commercialization think about the future of sustainable transportation fuels.
Subsequent webinars will examine opportunities for expanding system boundaries and trends that encapsulate arbitrage opportunities, economic deficiencies, and turning liabilities into assets and/or lower value to higher value fuels.  The remaining webinars in the series are
  • Webinar 2:  Coupling the Electric Power & Transportation Sectors: Beyond Electric Vehicles
  • Webinar 3: Recycling CO2 to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels
  • Webinar 4: Challenges and Opportunities in Designing Good Metrics to Assess Promise
Check the  Security and Sustainability Forum website for registration information on subsequent webinars.

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Edward Saltzberg Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Security and Sustainability Forum