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A Climate-Ready City: 5th Annual Richard L. James Lecture

February 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

Just before 200 nations gathered in Paris to hammer out a climate change agreement, Philadelphia released its own report on how the city might adapt in the decades ahead.  Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate-Ready Philadelphia notes that 49 daily temperature records have been set here since 2000, 18 since 2010, and the Delaware River has risen about a foot in that last 100 years.  While Philadelphia historically suffered through 20 days of 90-degree temperature annually, thermometers now hit that number 40 times per year, a doubling.

Richard L. James Lecture_Sarah Wu_2-4-16Sarah Wu, Deputy Director for Planning in the Office of Sustainability, presents the city’s key findings, and will be joined by a panel of leading Philadelphia scientists, activists, and policy experts working on a climate-ready Philadelphia.

The panel includes David Masur, executive director of PennEnvironment and chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s sustainability transition team; Raluca Ellis, Ph. D., environmental scientist for the Franklin Institute and director of the regional Climate & Urban Systems Partnership; Dr. Pouné Saberi, board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility and in Paris during the climate talks; and Saleem Chapman, the policy and advocacy manager for the Sustainable Business Network who works on environmental and social justice issues.

And we’ll involve you in the conversation as well—this is your chance to explore the future of our city as the climate changes.

About the speakers:

Sarah Wu is the Deputy Director for Planning in the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability. Sarah manages climate adaptation planning process and oversees reporting on progress toward goals set in Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. She also co-chairs the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, which facilitates the development of policies that improve access for Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices.

Saleem Chapman is the policy and advocacy manager for the Sustainable Business Network who works on environmental and social justice issues.  In this role, Saleem is leading SBN’s policy and advocacy function.  He is also working to keep SBN engaged in other policy discussions pertinent to building a sustainable economy in the region.

Raluca Ellis is the Environmental Scientist for The Franklin Institute and Program Director of the Climate & Urban Systems Partnership. Her expertise is in communicating complex topics such as climate change to general audiences. She holds a doctoral degree in environmental chemistry and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

David Masur directs PennEnvironment and the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.  In addition, David has directed citizen outreach offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. David focuses most of his energy working on open space protection, Marcellus Shale gas drilling, and clean water issues in Pennsylvania.  He is also chairing Mayor Kenney’s transition team on sustainability.
Pouné Saberi
, is a physician in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is on the national and Philadelphia board of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Saberi attended COP21 and was a member of Mayor Kenney’s transition team on sustainability. She continues to work on projects related to health and natural gas and climate change in the Philadelphia region.


February 4, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
215-482-7300, 110
8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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