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Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices and Policy Priorities

New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM (EDT)

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Sponsored by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Join us at this statewide conference to better understand leading climate adaptation practices. The purpose of this conference is to highlight climate preparedness and resilience activities underway in New Jersey, as well as leading practices throughout the United States, in order to enhance climate change adaptation capacity in New Jersey.

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Conference registration is currently sold-out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please click "Add Me to the Waitlist" above or email a note to raimy.schutzman@rutgers.edu.

7:45-8:15        Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30               Welcome

James H. Hughes, Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

o   Anne Hoskins, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Sustainability, PSEG

o   Honorable James J. Florio


8:45-9:30        New Jersey Insights

Introduction: Gary Sondermeyer, Vice President of Operations, Bayshore Recycling, Inc.

o   State of New Jersey’s Climate – Professor. Tony Broccoli, Rutgers University

o   Results of Statewide Polling – Professor Michael Greenberg, Rutgers University


9:30-10:45      Leading Practices and Trends Nationally (Panel 1) – A national overview of leading practices, innovations and trends for climate change preparedness and resilience in the following sectors:

o   Agriculture – William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, USDA

o   Coastal Communities – Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center

o   Natural Resources – Bruce Stein, Director Climate Adaptation, National Wildlife Federation

Moderator: Nick DeNichilo, PE, President and CEO, Hatch Mott MacDonald


10:45-11:00    Break


11:00-12:30    Leading Practices and Trends Nationally (Panel 2) – A national overview of leading practices, innovations and trends for climate change preparedness and resilience in the following targeted sectors:

o   Public HealthMichael A. McGeehin,  Former Division Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

o   Transportation – John Posey,  Director, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

o   Utilities – Sue Tierney, Managing Director, Environmental Analysis Group

o   Water Resources – Paul Fleming, Manager Climate & Sustainability Group Seattle Public Utilities and Chair, Water Utility Climate Alliance

Moderator:  Kathleen Ellis, Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Natural Gas


12:30-1:45      Lunch

Robert Goodman, Executive Dean, School of Environmental & Biological  Sciences


Reducing Risks to Vulnerable Populations

Introduction:  Dr. Nicky Sheats, Thomas Edison State College

o   Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dillard University


Overview of climate change adaptation activities in the United States at the state and federal level

Introduction:  James Bach, Chief Operating Officer, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

o   Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center


2:00-4:00        State of Climate Preparedness in New Jersey – Three concurrent panels of New Jersey speakers who will focus on climate change preparedness and resilience efforts in New Jersey.


                  Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing our Residents

Moderator: Chris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy, New Jersey Future

o   Public Health – George DiFerdinando Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, Director, NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey--School of Public Health

o   Insurance – Megan Linkin, Ph.D., CCM,  Natural Hazards Expert, Vice President Global Partnerships, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation

o   Social Services - Robert Kley, Vice President & COO, Mental Health Association of NJ

o   Emergency Management – Bob Butkus, Domestic Preparedness Planner, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Office of Emergency Management

o   Water Resources – Dan VanAbs, Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University

o   Underserved Communities – Roland Anglin, Director and Associate Research Professor,  The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies,  Rutgers University


                  Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing our Infrastructure

Moderator: Jeff Perlman, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

o   Coastal and Inland Flooding – Mark Mauriello, New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management

o   Transportation and Planning – Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

o   Water Utilities – Dennis Doll, President & Chief Executive Officer, Middlesex Water Company

o   Energy Utilities – Kim Hanemann, Vice President for Transmission, PSEG

o   Natural Resource Restoration – Patty Doerr, Director of Coastal and Marine Programs, The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey

o   Lands Management and Stewardship – Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms Foundation


                  Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing Our Communities

Moderator: Jennifer Gonzalez, Environmental Planner, County of Passaic Department of Planning & Economic Development

Community Engagement – Randy Solomon, Co-Director, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey

o   Coastal Communities – Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society

o   Urban Communities – Ana Baptista, Ph.D., Environmental & Planning Projects Director, Ironbound Community Corporation

o   Agricultural Communities – Mark Robson, Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, Professor of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

o   Community and  Regional Planning – Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director, PlanSmart NJ

o   Community-based Tools – Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve


4:00-5:00        Reception


This is a working agenda: it is subject to change prior to the conference date.

Continuing Education Credits:
  • The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has approved this conference for 10.75 AICP Certification Maintenance credits.
  • The New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officers, which is an approved provider of New Jersey Public Health continuing education contact hours, has approved this conference for 7.5 Health Officer & REHS credits.


Have questions about Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices and Policy Priorities? Contact New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

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Cook Campus Center
Rutgers University
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM (EDT)

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