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Over 40 Speakers & 60 Participant Organizations Already Confirmed

The draft program agenda for the 2014 Rising Seas Summit is now published at


When: September 24-26, 2014

Where: New York City

Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase Announced

Presenters from the National Climate Assessment, Climate Central, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and leading engineering firms will provide guidance on leveraging data from recent reports and publicly available tools to support planning for adaptation and resilience to sea level rise.  These showcases will be conducted during the pre-conference (September 24) and post-conference (September 26) sessions.  Additional information will be published in the coming weeks.

Confirmed Speakers & Instructors

The following individuals are already confirmed to participate in the 2014 Rising Seas Summit.  Additional presenters and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

  • Deborah Harford – Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University
  • Christine Ackerson – Senior Manager, Sustainability & CSR, LG Electronics USA
  • Larry Atkinson – Professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University
  • Pinar Balci – Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kelly Burks-Copes – Ecologist, Ecological Resources Branch, Ecosystem Evaluation and Engineering Division, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Develop Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Anne Choate – Vice President, ICF International
  • NEW: Peter Dailey – Senior Vice President, Verisk Climate
  • NEW: Margaret Davidson – Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Olga Dominguez – Retired, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NEW: Kevin Donnelly – Assistant Commissioner, Wastewater Capital Program, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Joan Fitzgerald – Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Melanie Fitzpatrick – Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Rebecca Flora – Sustainable Communities Practice Leader, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • NEW: Grover Fugate – Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • NEW: Michael Gerard – Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
  • NEW: Nancy Girard – Commissioner, Department of Environment, City of Boston
  • Daniel Goelzer – Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • William Golden – Executive Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure
  • NEW: Brian Helmuth – Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Radley Horton – Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute
  • NEW: Caroline Lewis – Executive Director, The CLEO Institute
  • NEWAlice Lippert – Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Susan Love – Planner, Delaware Coastal Management Program
  • Emilie Mazzacurati – Managing Director, Four Twenty Seven LLC
  • Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Group
  • Margery Moore – Director, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
  • Joshua Murphy – Senior Spatial Analyst, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Rich Olson – Professor and Director of Extreme Events Research, Office of the Vice President for Research, Florida International University
  • NEWSteven Patarcity – Senior Analyst & Strategic Plans Officer, Office of the Chief, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Margaret Peloso – Attorney, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Emily Seyller – Inform Decisions & Adaptation Science Program Manager, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Nick Shufro – Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC
  • Ben Strauss – Vice President, Climate Impacts, Climate Central
  • NEWCarter Strickland – Vice President, Water & Natural Resources Program Manager, HDR
  • Halldor Thorgeirsson – Director for Implementation Strategy, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Caitlin Werrell – Co-Director, Center for Climate and Security
  • Adam Whelchel – Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
  • NEW: Jeff Williams – Director, Climate Consulting, Entergy

About the Rising Seas Summit

The 2014 Rising Summit will be held in conjunction with Climate Week New York and in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

For more information about this program,
please contact Melissa Lembke at 202-496-7390.