Overview: How can communities effectively prepare for climate change? Where and how does
Disaster planning fit in? What are the variables that communities who live in areas of high risk must consider? How does larger social change issues play a role? This panel moves away from Climate Justice as a concept and focuses on actionable and logistical steps in managing climate change.Moderator: Ryan Kearny, Executive Editor, New Republic
Timothy Manning, Deputy Administrator of FEMA for Protection and National Preparedness
Vernice Miller-Travis, Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities
Khalil Shahyd - Project Manager in Urban Solutions at Natural Resources Defense Council
Sandra Howard, Senior Environmental Health Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sandra Howard is the Senior Environmental Health Advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ryan Kearney is the executive editor for digital at the New Republic. He has been an editor at Politico and TBD.com and a staff writer at the New Haven Advocate and Pitchfork.com; two of those four publications no longer exist. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Timothy W. Manning was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Administrator of FEMA for Protection and National Preparedness in May of 2009. Working with partners at all levels of government, the private sector, and community organizations across the country, and though the coordination of FEMA’s preparedness, prevention, and protection initiatives, Mr. Manning is responsible for the federal government’s efforts toward building whole community based resilience.
Vernice is a Senior Associate in the Community Planning and Design Group of Skeo Solutions. She provides technical expertise for collaborative planning and design services in area-wide brownfields revitalization, community sustainability and environmental justice. Vernice is sought after for her expertise in brownfields redevelopment and community revitalization, collaborative problem solving, multi-stakeholder design and planning and environmental justice.
Khalil Shahyd’s work focuses on the Energy Efficiency for All Project, which aims to increase utility-funded energy efficiency programs in the affordable multifamily housing sector. He coordinates with NRDC’s affordable housing partners to advocate for efficiency investments in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. As part of the LEED Neighborhood Development initiative, Shahyd also promotes the expansion of “green” communities in New Orleans.