For Executives, Sustainability Directors, Facilities Managers, EH&S Managers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Community Planners, Logistics Managers, Health Professionals and Other Public and Private Interests:

The West Michigan Climate Resiliency Conference
Monday, October 6
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reception to follow
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Mich.
$35 if paid online ($45 if via invoice or at the door)

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s Climate Resiliency Framework Initiative will host the West Michigan Climate Resiliency Conference on Monday, October 6 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.  The full-day event will introduce participants to national and local thought leaders on climate resiliency in the public and private sectors, an unprecedented in West Michigan line-up of experts in climate change adaptation, emergency preparedness, stormwater management, organizational vulnerability and energy innovation.  The conference will also serve as the pilot for a Toolbox for philosophical intervention to communication issues inherent in climate change adaptation and related topics, designed for the National Science Foundation’s  Research Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management and developed through a series of meetings with West Michigan stakeholders hosted by WMSBF earlier this year.

The conference is presented in partnership between West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Penn State University’s Rock Ethics Institute, Michigan State University, Amway, Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership, U.S. Green Building Council-West Michigan and Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.

Keynote speaker for the conference is David Titley, Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.  The center helps organizations and citizens prosper and succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s weather and climate environment by taking advantage of all the skill in weather and climate forecasts.  Dr. Titley is a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security.  He served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Keynote: David Titley, Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University

Presentations for Review:

Michael O’Rourkeeveloping a Framework for a West Michigan Response to Climate Change, A Facilitated Dialogue

Panel: Responding to Climate Change in West Michigan

Jim Patchett: Gray vs. Green- The Role of Green Infrastructure in the Face of an Uncertain Climate

Dan Scripps: Energy, Urban Development & Sustainability

View Agenda and Speaker Bios Here