Track 3: Catalyzing Meaningful Adaptation Action

Adaptation Implementation Barriers & Solutions

Monday, July 26th • 10:00am-12:00pm

The introductory webinar for Track 3: Catalyzing Meaningful Adaptation Action highlighted common challenges related to implementing adaptation strategies. For this track’s first workshop, we will delve deeper into five key challenge areas to better understand specific barriers and issues related to 1) Social Resilience, 2) Built Infrastructure, 3) Natural & Working Lands, and 4) Landscape-level Adaptation. Moving beyond challenges, track participants will also begin identifying opportunities to address specific barriers, such as promising practices, case studies, and more. We hope you can join us for this interactive workshop!

Track 3 Facilitators

Ignacio Dayrit

Director of Programs | Center for Creative Land Recycling

Ignacio Dayrit is responsible for overseeing the Center for Creative Land Recycling’s (CCLR) technical assistance and training programs that focus on the sustainable reuse of blighted land in economically distressed and underserved communities. He provides implementation assistance for area-wide plans, sustainable development, such as affordable infill housing, environmental restoration, renewable energy, infrastructure and economic development. Ignacio also develops and conducts community outreach, educational training, workshops, and consensus building activities to rural and metropolitan areas of the western US. In the last few years, Ignacio has helped bring $70M+ to communities across the country. Prior to joining CCLR, Ignacio was redevelopment manager at the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency. He is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University teaching resilience, sustainability and livability. Ignacio has a BS from the University of the Philippines and an MS in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley

Ben Gettleman

Senior Facilitator and Vice President | Kearns & West

Ben Gettleman is a Senior Facilitator and Vice President at Kearns & West, a national leader in the field of environmental despite resolution and stakeholder engagement. Ben works with public agencies, interest groups, and communities across California to help them address some of the most pressing challenges facing the state, including climate change adaptation, water resource management, air quality, and wildfire prevention planning. Ben designs and facilitates collaborative planning processes to ensure that the stakeholders who will be impacted by a new plan, policy, or decision have a meaningful role in shaping it. Ben lives in Petaluma and enjoys running, biking, and surfing as much as he can.

Melodie Grubbs

Science, Research & Policy Specialist | USC Sea Grant Program

Melodie Grubbs, is a Science, Research & Policy Specialist at the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program. As a coastal scientist, Ms. Grubbs is focused on helping communities prepare for and adapt to changing climate conditions, coastal hazards, and sea level rise. Ms. Grubbs specializes in physical coastal processes, habitat restoration and monitoring, and geospatial science. She has over a decade of experience in planning and implementing coastal habitat restoration and living shoreline projects in California.

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