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Community Leadership, Climate Resilience, and Green Infrastructure

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Save the Date: Wednesday, November 8th – Sustainable Cities Roundtable: Community Leadership, Climate Resilience, and Green Infrastructure

Community Leadership, Climate Resilience, and Green Infrastructure

From impacts to drinking water supplies to changes in precipitation and extreme weather events, many of the ways people will see and experience the impacts of a changing climate in their daily lives are connected to the water cycle. And because climate-driven impacts on rainfall and water quality can be felt in dramatically different ways from neighborhood to neighborhood, tailored, bottom-up solutions that are informed by local knowledge and culture will be the most effective. Sustainable solutions for coastal cities that work with, rather than against nature, such as green stormwater infrastructure and wetland restoration not only improve natural capital, but also build social capital.

Bringing people together with a sense of purpose and power to protect and improve the places they love is a cornerstone of climate resilience—and is especially important in communities at greatest risk of being impacted by flooding, water quality decline, and other water-related impacts of climate change. Community-driven resilience projects such as rain gardens and waterway and wetland restoration not only improve natural capital, but also build social capital by bringing communities together with a sense of purpose to protect and improve the places they call home, while making them more resilient to the negative impacts of climate change. These co-benefits like improved air quality and community connections are especially important in communities that are disproportionately burdened with environmental degradation.

Please join Island Press author Rebecca Wodder and the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development’s Executive Director Arthur Johnson for a conversation about how to build community resilience to climate-driven water challenges—and build natural and social capital in the process. Ms. Wodder brings a policy context and will discuss strategies for community engagement, while Mr. Johnson will provide case studies in building community resilience using examples from his work with residents to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

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  • Rebecca Wodder, a water resources advocate, who has been writing and speaking on watershed and water resource resiliency for four decades. Rebecca’s current focus is on how natural and human environments can reinforce each other in resilient and sustainable ways.

  • Arthur Johnson, Executive Director of Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, a community-based organization in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans focused on sustainability, community education, advocacy, and training and civic and community development.

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Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8th, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Location/Address: The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Lunch & Learn: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.

Directions:

By Bus: Routes 30, 74, and 75 stop in front of the Mountaineers building. See Metro’s Trip Planner to map out your transit options.

By Car or Carpool:

From I-5:
Exit at NE 65th St and head east on NE 65th. Continue on 65th until you reach the stop light at Sand Point Way NE. Turn left. Proceed north until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park on your right. This is approximately NE 74th and has a stop light. Turn right, into the park. As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station. Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

From Highway 520:

Exit at Montlake Blvd. Turn north (right if you came from the east, left if you came from the west). Follow Montlake Blvd. north. After you pass Husky Stadium and the UW athletic fields, it curves to the right and becomes NE 45th St. A short while later, it curves to the left and becomes Sand Point Way NE. Continue almost two miles until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park, roughly at 74th NE, on your right. As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station. Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

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