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San Diego leaders meeting on March 27-28 to discuss climate change readiness

Confronting and responding to climate challenges is the focus of “Building Climate Resilience in Cities: San Diego Workshop,” on March 27-28 at the University of San Diego. The gathering, organized by Ceres and ClimateWise, will include leading climate scientists, insurance experts and state planners.
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San Diego, CA Mar 26, 2013

Sea level rise. Wildfires. Water shortages. These challenges are priority concerns in the San Diego region, and all expected to worsen in the coming years due to climate change.

Confronting and responding to these challenges is the focus of a two-day workshop, “Building Climate Resilience in Cities: San Diego Workshop,” on March 27-28 at the University of San Diego. The gathering, organized by Ceres and ClimateWise, will include leading climate scientists, insurance experts, state planners and local economic groups such as the Port of San Diego and The San Diego Foundation.

The meeting comes on the heels of a recent report from The San Diego Foundation, San Diego’s Changing Climate: A Regional Wake-Up Call that warns of escalating wildfires, water shortages and rising temperatures and sea levels if current climate trends continue. It is among several climate resiliency city workshops Ceres and ClimateWise are organizing in the U.S. and Canada to marshal stronger, more coordinated responses from policymakers and businesses to growing climate-related risks.

“Whether it’s the East Coast or the West Coast, accelerating actions to protect our cities and our economies from stronger storms, rising sea levels and other climate impacts is an imperative,” said Ceres president Mindy Lubber, whose business sustainability group is organizing a similar workshop later this spring in Toronto.

A public reception, featuring several workshop speakers, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 27 at the SOLES Building at the University of San Diego. Speakers will also be available for media interviews at the conclusion of the two-day meeting – at 5 p.m. on March 28. Individual interviews can also be arranged through Peyton Fleming, Ceres, and Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation.

Among the key speakers available for media interviews:

  • Mark Way, head of Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re
  • Cody Hooven, Senior Environmental Specialist, Port of San Diego
  • Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice
  • David W. Pierce, Division of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Cynthia McHale, Insurance Director, Ceres
  • Emily Young, Senior Director, Environmental Analysis & Strategy, The San Diego Foundation
  • Brian Holland, Director of Climate Programs, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA
  • Michael Catanzaro, Director of Sustainability, University of San Diego

About Ceres: Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business leadership on climate change and other sustainability issues. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a network of 100 investors with collective assets totaling $11 trillion focused on the business impacts of climate change. For details, visit http://www.ceres.org

About ClimateWise: ClimateWise is a global insurance industry leadership group formed to drive action on climate change risks. For details, visit http://www.climatewise.org.uk

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