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San Antonio Environmental Challenges: Opportunities in Resilience

San Antonio Environmental Challenges: Opportunities in Resilience Conference


Thanks to all of those that attended the San Antonio Environmental Challenges Conference organized by Solar San Antonio and imagineSanAntonio on Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. The conference was hosted by Rackspace with participation by prominent community institutions, including USAA, H-E-B, Toyota, CPS Energy, and San Antonio Water Systems.

The conference was intended to help develop environmental resiliency and adaptability in our community infrastructure. Local and national experts covered topics such as water supplies and drought, 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.

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Day 1

Speaker Position Presentation
Lieutenant General Ken Eickmann, USAF (ret.) Member, CNA Military Advisory Board and Deputy Director, Center for Energy Security, University of Texas at AustinDescription National Security Implications of Climate Change — A Changing Security Landscape
Steve Graham Assistant General Manager, San Antonio River Authority Comprehensive Approaches to Watershed Management
Ronald Green Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute Resiliency in Recharge in Arid and Semi-Arid Groundwater Basins
Josh DeFlorio Cambridge Systematics Opportunities in Resilience — Transportation Sector
Justice Jones Austin Fire Department’s Wildfire Division Texas Fire Storms — The New Normal
Sara Hoverter Georgetown Climate Center Heating Up: Climate Policy and Tools For Adapting to Urban Heat
Melissa Gray Director, Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships, Rackspace Hosting The Rackspace Hosting Approach — Carbon Footprint
Anton Derkach Partner, McKinsey & Company Shaping Climate-Resilient Business Development

Day 2

Speaker Position Presentation
Kevin Butt Regional Environmental Director, Toyota North America Environmental “Overview of a Few of the Issues”
Paul Wattles Senior Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT A few slides that may be helpful
Mary Hayden, Ph.D. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO Reducing urban vulnerability to extreme heat: an integrated approach
Jennifer Vanos, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University Heat, Human Health, and Ozone: How do these relate to Urban Sustainability in San Antonio?
Lawrence Treviño Battalion Chief Emergency Manager, San Antonio Office of Emergency Management Battalion Chief Emergency Manager, San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
Ron Nirenberg City of San Antonio Councilman, District 8 Nirenberg’s Speech Transcript


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