Thursday, April 26, 2018
Radisson Hotel Lansing
111 N Grand Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
Michigan Association of Planning
As communities experience the impacts of climate change and urbanization – extreme flooding and drought, property and infrastructure damage, greater demand for reliable energy, a changing growing season, increase in vector-borne diseases, coastal erosion – planners are well positioned to lead, connect and collaborate with community stakeholders to effect real change and build community resilience. Community planners are committed to thinking long-term about changes and trends, and how they will impact our communities. Identifying and applying the important data and analysis techniques necessary to develop and advance impactful science-based resilient solutions and policies is key to success. We must integrate resilience best practices if we hope to protect and restore our coastal beaches, preserve and enhance the natural systems that reduce the impacts of extreme flooding and heat, and adapt the urban footprint to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff. MAP’s Spring Institute: Resilience Summit will address how planners can meet the economic, social, environmental and climate challenges of the future.
Who Should Attend? Community planners and elected and appointed officials; environmental professionals and advocates; municipal floodplain managers and water resource experts; regional planners; drain commissioners and watershed council staff ; public works professionals. Together these local leaders compose the teams that will implement new policies to mitigate the impacts of weather events on our built and natural systems.
Why is it important to attend? Flooding, heavy storms and other weather-related catastrophes linked to climate change will only increase in the coming years. The impact on infrastructure and the built environment is estimated to be in the billions. The impacts can be mitigated through intentional local government action by planning thoughtfully, securing the right data, educating the community, and implementing sound resilience policy.
Early Registration Rate: $125 | Registration increases on April 14 to $150