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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Building Resilient and Healthy Communities through Land Use Strategies: Turning Climate Change Risk into Opportunity

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Climate change creates many hazards for our communities including risks to health, infrastructure, and ecosystems. This workshop will explore opportunities to reduce the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and extreme rainfall events through land use strategies.  The workshop will demonstrate the public health and other benefits that can be derived through use of ecosystem services valuation, health impact assessment, and other land use and planning tools. It will provide information on the effects of climate change, discuss the connection between climate change impacts, sustainability and land conservation, and discuss action steps that are available for communities to protect public health, ecosystems and infrastructure. We will draw on recent post-Sandy experience to demonstrate cutting-edge approaches that reflect the benefits of conserving land in the face of climate impacts.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   


Rabi Kieber

Disaster Recovery Coordinator, US EPA Region 2
Rabi Kieber is the Disaster Recovery and Sustainable Communities Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2.  Prior to EPA, she worked at Catholic Charities of New York to support at-risk communities. She was a field coordinator for Africare in Niger, West... Read More →

Joseph Siegel

Senior Attorney, US EPA Region 2
Joseph Siegel is an Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist and Senior Attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 in New York City, where he has worked for 30 years.  He co-chairs Region 2’s Climate Change... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level