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Meet the Speaker:
Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky
Session: Addressing Climate Threats to Strategic Organization Assets
Addressing Climate Threats to Strategic Organization Assets
Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky, Director, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder
Damages to US infrastructure could top $15 billion by 2050 according to studies conducted by the US EPA. Infrastructure in the United States and globally is vulnerable to climate change impacts, due to transportation and water/wastewater infrastructure projects sited in high-risk locations, such as near stream beds subject to flash flooding, and coastal areas prone to experience high tides. These risks will challenge organizations of all sizes, public and private, as issues including supply chains, distribution, worker productivity, and operation costs are impacted over the next decade. However, climate adaptation is often treated as a business function that either needs to be aggressively addressed or one that should be ignored as it is a concern that is outside planning windows. In this presentation, climate adaptation is presented as a strategic concern that requires a risk-based approach. The potential impacts of climate change can be identified through specific steps that can be taken now to identify vulnerabilities, prioritize critical infrastructure, and develop a strategic plan for successfully navigating projected changes and impacts to operations.
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