When Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney entered his second term earlier this year, he committed to working with external stakeholders to develop a citywide climate adaptation plan and hiring a Chief Resiliency Officer. As the City develops its climate adaptation plan, we can look towards cities across the region that have developed unique frameworks to engage external partners in addressing climate change, such as Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, New York City’s Panel on Climate Change and Pittsburgh’s Higher Education Climate Consortium. This panel discussion is an opportunity for the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University to learn from the experiences of Boston, NYC and Pittsburgh in how they’ve managed partnerships with civic institutions, their best practices and lessons learned, and their advice to best provide value to city operational and citywide efforts around resilience.
The seminar will begin with presentations by city leaders on how they’ve been addressing climate change, followed by a panel discussion with city officials and university representatives, moderated by the City of Philadelphia.
This event is part of Climate Year, a year of climate and sustainability focused events, teaching, and civic engagement at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences.