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Urban Communities Organizing for Climate Resilience Conference #UrbanClimate16 (RSVP Form)
Given the extreme heatwaves this summer and the disproportionate toll of Hurricane Sandy on low income communities, we know that climate change's impact is not created equally in NYC. How can we plan and build climate resiliency for ALL New Yorkers?

WE ACT for Environmental Justice, NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, and Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health invite you to learn and share about the latest climate and health research, adaptation and mitigation strategies, advocacy tools, and planning processes that can help shape climate resilient communities.

The conference will feature:
- keynote speakers,
- panel presentations,
- breakout sessions for community groups and advocates to share best practices,
- round table dialogue with representatives from government agencies to discuss accountability, resources, and citywide plans to address climate change, and
- the opportunity for researchers and academics to share their knowledge, research, and intervention strategies.

Follow the conversation with #UrbanClimate16

Please RSVP no later than November 4th, 2016 if you plan to attend. Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

Conference Agenda
09:00am - 09:45am
Registration and Breakfast

09:45am - 10:00am
Welcome:
Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Dr. Regina Santella, NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan
Dr. Frederica Perera, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

10:00am - 10:30am
Voices from Sandy - Residents on the frontlines of climate change:

10:30am - 10:40am
Report back on "Assessing and Strengthening Post-Storm Resilience" Study - funded by US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response:
David Chang, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Dr. Diana Hernandez, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

10:40am - 11:00am
Keynote Address I:
Jalonne White-Newsome, Kresge Foundation

11:00am - 12:00pm
Communities Organizing for Climate Resilience:
WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Fifth Avenue Committee, The Point, Align, South Bronx Unite, Ironbound Community Corporation

12:00pm - 01:00pm
Roundtable Q & A - Community/Government Dialogue
Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency, OneNYC, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYCHA Sustainability, New York Panel on Climate Change

01:00pm - 01:50pm
Lunch

01:30pm - 01:50pm
Keynote Speaker II:
Frederica Perera, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

01:50pm - 03:15pm
Breakout Group Sessions (Select your priority choices below)

1. Impacts of Climate Change on Public Health
This breakout session aims to educate participants about key public health threats due to climate change such as emerging infectious disease, extreme heat, cold and flood, and food insecurity. The goal is to engage participants to identify important impacts that are likely in New York City.

2. Emergency Preparedness
In this session, you will learn about initiatives, programs, and policy recommendations to assist low-income communities of color in achieving greater climate resiliency during emergencies.

3. Energy Democracy
The workshop will explore definitions of energy democracy and highlight community driven initiatives that are working to achieve energy democracy. Likewise this workshop will explore key policy implications for advancing energy democracy.

4. Organizing for Climate Resilience in Frontline Communities
In this session you will hear from organizers and community leaders about grassroots strategies for building power and deepening social cohesion.

5. Engaging Youth in Climate Resilience
This session is designed to offer students and educators of all ages an in-depth examination of the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan. Participants will engage in activities related to energy democracy, social hubs, public participation, and emergency preparedness.

03:30pm - 04:00pm
Closing featuring Climbing PoeTree

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