EarthDay Conversation on Climate Action

Spotlight Conversation on Climate Action
Be a part of the Conversation!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009      8 a.m.-12 p.m.
The University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom
1303 E. University Blvd.     FREE Registration

Contact Nicole Urban-Lopez for more information about this event.

Tucson will host a “Spotlight Conversation on Climate Action” as part of an elite group of 10 communities that were selected by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability to be highlighted nationally.

The goals of the Conversation are to educate the community about the challenges of climate change in southern Arizona, and to discuss the community’s values, perceptions, and priorities regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The discussion will help inform the City’s General Plan update, the County’s Comprehensive Plan revision and the University’s President’s Climate Commitment Plan. The Tucson Community Conversation on Climate Action will feature presentations from local experts followed by Climate Change discussion groups focusing on Human Health and Food Security, Drought Preparedness, Affordable Housing and Building Energy Use, Mobility, and Jobs and Economy.

During the last half hour Sustainable Tucson will present a  brief report on the Sustainable Tucson Sketch Plan.

Event Goals:
•Educate the public about the realities and challenges of climate change.
• Solicit the public’s values, perceptions, and priorities regarding climate change, mitigation and adaptation.
•Obtain information from the public that can be used to inform the City’s General Plan update, the County’s Comprehensive Plan update, and the University’s sustainability plan.

8 a.m.        Registration and Refreshments         UA Student Union Main Ballroom

8:30 a.m.    Welcome by Mayor Walkup, Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Elias, and UA President Shelton

8:45 a.m.    Public Presentations
1. Anticipated local environmental changes              Melanie Lenart, Ph.D.
2. Economic Challenges                                                    Pat Patton
3. Human health effects                                                     Dr. Barbara Warren

10 a.m.        Group Discussions*
1.   Climate Change and Human Health/Food Security
2. Climate Change and Drought Preparedness
3. Climate Change and Affordable Housing/Building Energy Use
4. Climate Change and Mobility
5. Climate Change and Jobs/Economy

11:30 a.m.    Report Back and Community Calendar

* Attendees will have to choose one discussion group in which to participate.

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