Climate Adaptation Seminar Series (CASS)

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Climate Adaptation Webinar Series - Spring Quarter 2023

The Climate Adaptation Research Center is currently organizing an online webinar series to highlight emerging ideas and voices in the field of climate change adaptation, risk management, and resilience-building. The series is a public event that brings together researchers and scientists with stakeholders, policymakers, and community leaders from California and beyond to learn about each other’s work. 

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Upcoming Events 

Reducing Climate Risk, Enhancing Climate Resilience, and Increasing Capacity

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. PT

Presented By: Christopher Clavin, Climate Adaptation and Infrastructure Resilience at the White House Office of Management and Budget

Christopher Clavin serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation and Infrastructure Resilience at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, he is responsible for managing and directing the Administration’s Climate-Smart Infrastructure initiative, leading assessments of Climate-Related Financial Risk, and overseeing climate resilience program design and implementation related to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Prior to this role, Mr. Clavin worked in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Program, where he led a portfolio of participatory research that partnered with local and state governments to study the practice of community resilience and climate adaptation planning in the United States and improve disaster recovery outcomes. He has worked in Washington, DC and the State of California on issues at the intersection of science policy, renewable energy technology development and deployment, natural resources management, and disaster and recovery policy, with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Federal science and technology agencies, and state energy and environmental agencies. Mr. Clavin holds a MS and BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Past Events

Moving from Net Zero Ready to Net Zero Now

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. PT

Presented By: Laurie Fisher, Architect & PHNX Founder Principal, LCFA


With more than 25 years of experience in the United States and abroad, Laurie's award-winning designs have garnered recognition in print and throughout the design/construction industry. Certified by the State of California in Crisis Intervention since 2014, Laurie utilized her training in Trauma Informed Care to develop a design process that is sensitive to the unique needs of wildfire survivors. After working with fire survivors to rebuild their homes, she saw and experienced firsthand the many challenges and obstacles that these resilient people face and became determined to create a process that is sensitive to their needs and treats survivors with dignity and respect. Moving from Net Zero Ready to Net Zero Now

California Public Utilities Commission

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. PT

Presented By: Lee Palmer - Program Managers (PM), Nika Kjensli - Electric Safety and Reliability Branch (ESRB), and Tony Noll - Wildfire Safety and Enforcement Branch (WSEB)

Equity and Economic Development in Climate Equity Planning

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. PT Postponed, Date TBD

Presented By: Miriam Solis, PhD, MCP, Assistant Professor for The University of Texas at Austin

Miriam Solis, Ph.D., MCP, is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research draws on environmental justice theory and research to examine the role of environmental education and workforce development in the planning, design, and operation of urban infrastructure. She is a community-based participatory researcher who frequently collaborates with nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Dr. Solis is a 2020-2022 UT Austin Humanities Institute Fellow for her work on youth perspectives on racial justice and decarbonization.

Climate Action and Adaptation Planning, City of Sacramento

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. PT Postponed, Date TBD

Presented By: Laura Tuller, Associate Planner with the City of Sacramento. 

Laura Tuller is an Associate Planner in the Long Range Planning Section of the Community Development Department. Laura’s work focuses on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning and is currently the project lead for the City’s Existing Building Electrification strategy. She holds a master’s degree in Community Development from UC Davis.

CAPECA: Community-Academic Partnerships to advance Equity-focused Climate Action, a California pilot project

Date: Reschedule to Wednesday, May 24 10:00 a.m. PT Postponed

Presented By: Abby Reyes J.D. Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects.

Abby Reyes directs Community Resilience Projects in the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Irvine. The projects foster community-driven academic partnerships that honor and build community and climate resilience. At UC Irvine School of Law, Reyes also teaches a seminar on Law and Social Movements: Race, Place, and Climate Change. From 2013-2016, Abby directed the UCI Sustainability Initiative and was a co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE project, leading the Research Integration and Impact Team. She co-chaired the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council and co-founded UCI’s Sustainability Resource Center. She has provided facilitation and design services for the UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network on Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education; UCI Salton Sea Initiative; UCI OCEANS; UCI Research Justice Learning Community; Nexus 2014: Environmental Health and Justice; the Borrego Stewardship Council; and trains UC faculty, staff, community collaborators, and student activists in community leadership for climate resilience statewide. In response to the pandemic, Reyes co-founded the Orange County Health Equity COVID-19 Community Academic Partnership, co-producing the first health equity-focused contact tracing workshop series to build community-driven COVID-19 response within the region’s hardest hit communities.

Investing in Natural and Working Lands for Climate Resilience: Coyote Valley as a Model for California

Date: Postponed

Presented By: Andrea MackenzieSanta Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Andrea Mackenzie is the General Manager of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, a public land conservation agency and special district located in San Jose, CA and operating across a 1,000 square mile region of Santa Clara County, that protects and stewards the region open spaces, natural areas, and working lands to support healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies.