Midwest Resilient Cities Summit: Building Equity in a Changing Climate

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As global temperatures rise, cities in the Great Lakes region must adjust to a new normal of more frequent and intense storms, heavy downpours, heat waves, and cold snaps. These and other dangerous climate change effects hit hardest in the region’s low-income communities, many of which lack the economic stability and quality housing needed to safely weather severe storms and long periods of stifling heat and freezing temperatures. Several Midwestern cities that are faced with the growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, poor air quality, skyrocketing energy bills, and costly damage to homes and infrastructure are swinging into action.

Please join us for this summit and dialogue with Midwestern city and community leaders as well as federal policymakers on successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities. The event will feature remarks by White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss and city sustainability and resilience leaders from Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio.

Remarks:

Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland

Antonio Riley, Midwest Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Featured Panelists:

Patekka Bannister, Chief of Water Resources, City of Toledo

Matt Gray, Director of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Cleveland

Christie Manning, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Department of Psychology at Macalester College St. Paul

Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Moderated by:

Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress