San Antonio Environmental Challenges: Opportunities in Resilience Conference

redoccsa-294x300**Sponsors are still needed! Contact Rozina Kanchwala at 210-354-0236 or rkanchwala@solarsanantonio.org for more info!**

A conference organized by Solar San Antonio and imagineSanAntonio is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on two Fridays in February (14th and 21st) with each day ending with a luncheon speaker. The conference is hosted by Rackspace with participation by prominent community institutions including USAA, H-E-B, Toyota, CPS Energy, and San Antonio Water Systems.

The conference is intended to help develop environmental resiliency and adaptability in our community infrastructure. It will feature presentations by local and national experts who will cover topics, such as water supplies and droughts, extreme weather events, wildfires, urban heat islands, public health, electric power supplies, alternative fuels, air quality, carbon emissions, how to determine an organization’s carbon footprint, and strategies to achieve resilience.

The cost for each day individually is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The cost for purchasing a two-day ticket is $50 in advance and $65 at the door. There is also a student discount available. Visit Eventbrite to sign up for this important conference.

 

Day 1

Time Activity Topic Speaker
7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8 – 8:15 Welcome Why this conference?
How does this fit in with SA2020?
Bob Wise, President and Founder, imagineSanAntonio
and Mayor Julian Castro
8:20 – 8:50 Overview of the Issues What are the world’s and San Antonio’s environmental challenges? Lieutenant General Ken Eickmann, USAF (ret.) Member, CNA Military Advisory Board and Deputy Director, Center for Energy Security, University of Texas Austin
9:10 – 10:10 Water Supplies, Flooding, Drought, Extreme Weather Events What are some businesses and communities doing to adapt to continued drought?
What is the water impact of fracking?
• Chief Larry Trevino, City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
• Ronald Green, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute (water supply, floods, extreme weather events in Central Texas)
• Chuck Ahrens, Vice-President, Water Resources and Conservation San Antonio Water Systems
• Steve Graham, Assistant General Manager, San Antonio River Authority
10:15-11:30 Heat, Wildfires and Urban Heat Island, Temperature Trends How vulnerable is this area to forest fire?
What is being done to build resilience?
• Justen R. Noades, H-E-B Director of Emergency Preparedness
• Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department’s Wildfire Division
• Josh DiFloria, Cambridge Systematics
• Sara Hoverter, Georgetown Climate Center
11:50-12:15 Carbon Footprint – The Rackspace Approach Why are we interested in carbon emissions? • Melissa Gray, Director, Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships, Rackspace
12:20-1:20 Luncheon Speaker Why an environmental strategy is good business? Anton Derkach, Partner, McKinsey & Company


Day 2

Time Activity Question Speaker
7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8 – 8:15 Welcome Why this conference?
How does this fit in with SA2020?
Bob Wise, President and Founder, imagineSanAntonio
and Darryl Byrd, CEO, SA2020
8:20 – 8:50 Overview of the Issues What are the world’s and San Antonio’s environmental challenges? Kevin Butt, General Manager, Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota of North America
9:10-10-10 Electric Power Supplies, Peak Demand Reduction, Reliability What efforts are being made by the electrical grid to maintain reliable electric power?
What are the best practices of area businesses using alternative power sources?
• Les Hansen, Executive Director, Facilities Engineering & Sustainability, Corporate Services, USAA
• Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director, Texas Office, Public Citizen
• Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Office CPS Energy
• Paul Wattles, Supervisor of Demand Response at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
10:15-11:15 Ozone, Public Health, Alternative Fuels What are the expected health impacts of increased temperature, flooding and drought?
What are the trends in ozone for San Antonio?
What is the impact of natural gas production on San Antonio air quality?
• Dr. Vincent Nathan, Assistant Director, Metro Health, Moderator
• Dr. Mary Hayden, Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
• Dr. Jeniffer Vanos, Assistant Professor Atmospheric Science Group Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech
11:35-12 Next Steps How resilient is San Antonio to environmental challenges? • John Dugan, Director of Planning and Community Development, City of San Antonio
12-1 Luncheon Speaker The Challenges of Adaptation • Mayor Annise Parker, Houston and member, Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience