Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress and the National League of Cities will host a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for building equitable climate resilience. The discussion will feature White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and a panel consisting of resilience experts who are leaders in federal, city, and tribal government.
Cities, states, and tribes are all confronting the rising costs of climate change. Between 2011 and 2014, the most destructive weather events cost the U.S. economy $227 billion, and without immediate action to build resilience to climate change and reduce heat-trapping pollution, the future will see even greater loss as a result of climate change-related extreme weather. Low-income communities are often the most affected by these events. The Obama administration has created a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience composed of governors, mayors, county officials, and tribal officials to address these problems and make recommendations to improve resilience.
A link to the task force report can be found here.
Links to recent CAP reports on building resilient and equitable communities can be found here and here.
Shaun Donovan, Director, White House Office of Management and Budget
Mayor Ralph Becker (D), Salt Lake City, Utah
Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tracey Ross, Senior Policy Analyst, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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