This sweltering summer has underscored the urgent need for proactive policy & discussions about extreme heat. Heat is deadlier than any other weather-related disaster in the US, but extreme heat events don't fit neatly within the current federal disaster declaration framework & connected funding mechanisms.
Advancing heat resilience strategies to protect communities requires substantial, nimble investments. Collaboration across the philanthropy, finance, & insurance sectors is critical to the design & implementation of effective heat resilience approaches. This panel brings together experts from diverse sectors to discuss challenges, investment needs, & actionable solutions for addressing extreme heat now & in the future.
The panel will be moderated by Ashley Ward, PhD, director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. The Heat Policy Innovation Hub is the first program in the United States dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration advancing extreme heat policies & practices.
Panelists will include:
Francis Bouchard, Managing Director, Climate, Marsh McLennan
Rev. Dallas Conyers, Climate & Health Advocate; Faith & JEDI Manager, Southeast Climate & Energy Network
Evan Kodra, Senior Director for Climate & ESG, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Sonali Patel, Partner, The Bridgespan Group
Galen Treuer, Climate Tech & Economic Innovation Manager, Miami-Dade County
About the Organizers & Host
The event is organized by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University & the Office of Climate & Sustainability at Duke University. The event is aligned with the Duke Climate Commitment, a university-wide, impact-oriented effort to address climate challenges.
Duke University is a proud partner of The New York Climate Exchange (The Exchange), a first-of-its-kind collaborative model for accelerating climate change solutions for New York City & beyond. Powered by its strong partnerships & future home on Governors Island, The Exchange will use education, research, an innovation hub, job training, & public programs to prepare communities to respond to climate challenges.
This event is hosted by Holland & Knight , a global law firm with over 2,000 lawyers & professionals in 34 offices throughout the world. The firm is on the cutting-edge of climate change & sustainability issues with extensive experience in environmental law, energy, governmental advocacy & funding, ESG strategies & sustainability goals, litigation, land use, sea level rise & water quality/water supply.
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