Webinars

NCSE's Webinars are designed to engage our community on a variety of topics. Recent webinar series include the Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Series and the Academic-Federal Dialogue Series. Check back often for updates regarding upcoming webinars. 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Webinar Series

In leading up to the 2019 Annual Conference, NCSE hosted a three-part webinar series in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University. The webinar series explored science-based decision-making for local government, policy, and finance linked to the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience.

Part Three: The Science of Resilience in Decision-Making

December 2018

Speakers led a multi-disciplinary discussion on climate resilient infrastructure that explored resilience as a paradigm to understand infrastructure at a systems level; social science as a critical component in planning for and understanding resilience; resilient design as a continuum, rather than an endpoint; and the role of social and institutional infrastructure in disaster response and planning for climate impacts.

Speakers:

  • Erica Goldman, Ph.D, Science Policy Director, National Council for Science and the Environment (Moderator)

  • Thomas Seager, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

  • Patricia Solis, Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University

  • Jennifer Tobin, Deputy Administrator, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado

  • Joe Manous, Director, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Part Two: The Intersection of Financial Risk and Climate Resilience

November 2018

Financial experts from industry, academia and local government discussed markets and mechanisms that support and advance resilience.

Speakers:

  • Joyce Coffee, Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Kurt Forsgren, Managing Director of U.S. Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings

  • Samantha Medlock, Head of North American Capital, Science and Policy, Willis Towers Watson

  • James McMahon, CEO of The Climate Service

Part One: Actionable Science Solutions for Local Resilience

October 2018

As a follow-up to the webinar Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience, speakers shared successful practices at the local science-policy intersect focused on resilience strategies, policies, and sustainable infrastructure. This webinar discussed in further detail the work that NCSE launched which focused on the role of universities in local resilience.

Speakers:

  • Lauren Keeler, Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Cecilio Ortiz García, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

  • Grant Davis, General Manager, Sonoma County Water Agency

  • Janice Beecher, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

 

 

 

 

Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience

May 2018

Long before Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico established the National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI) as a collaborative platform to understand and address the infrastructure issues being faced by the campus system and island. In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Julian Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Security Sustainability Forum, NCSE convened speakers to learn how this model for local collaboration in Puerto Rico has progressed post-Maria, and inspired a United States national network of higher education leaders focusing on resilience, data-driven decision-making, and local solutions.

Speakers:

  • Gary Dirks, Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Cecilio Ortiz García, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

  • Jennie Stephens, Ph.D, Associate Director for Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute (GRI), Northeastern University

  • Clark Miller, Ph.D, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

 

Academic Federal Dialogue Webinar Series

NCSE and the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) organized a series of webinars for NCSE’s University and Community College members. These webinars, featuring leaders within federal agencies, provide more information about research, funding, educational collaboration and partnership, and other programs happening in their agencies.

A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Opportunities

 

 

Part Two: A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Opportunities

December 2017

Part Two continued the discussion on sustainable infrastructure and building resilience. Speakers reviewed the priorities, investments and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure in today's world focusing on a broad array of infrastructure including natural, built, social, and cyber infrastructure.

Speakers:

  • Jeanette Thurston, Ph.D, Science Program and Analysis Officer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Robert Vallario, Program Manager, Integrated Assessment Research in Biological and Environmental Research, Department of Agriculture

  • Gary Matlock, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Programs and Administration and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

Part One: A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Opportunities

October 2017

Part One reviewed the priorities, investments, and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure in today's world.

Speakers:

  • Jack Kaye, Ph.D, Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Shari Schaftlein, Director of Office and Human Environment and Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway Administration

  • Robert O’Connor, Ph.D, Program Director, Decision Risk and Management Services in the Social Behavioral and Economic Directorate, National Science Foundation