Track 2: Integrated Planning for Holistic Solutions

Track 2: Integrated Planning for Holistic Solutions Outcomes Webinar

Tues, Oct 19 • 12:30-2:00pm

The cascading and compounding impacts of climate change – from extreme heat, drought and wildfire to flooding and sea level rise – affect every segment of society. While our communities, ecosystems, built infrastructure, and economy all face threats, climate change disproportionately affects frontline communities and exacerbates existing inequities. The intersectionality of these challenges requires integrated solutions to address deficiencies in our systems, such as transportation, energy, public health, agriculture, water, emergency services, and communications. This webinar will highlight key takeaways from the track’s workshop series and case studies featuring inclusive and collaborative planning efforts that seek to address the cascading and compounding impacts of climate change.

Track 2 Facilitators

Whitney Brennan

Acting Program Supervisor for Landscape Forestry | California Tahoe Conservancy

Whitney Brennan, PhD, is the California Tahoe Conservancy’s Acting Landscape Forestry Program Supervisor. Whitney oversees the Conservancy’s work on large landscape efforts such as the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative and the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership, as well as its landscape forestry projects. Whitney joined the Conservancy staff in 2014. She worked as wildlife biologist and managed the Conservancy’s climate program. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Whitney had most recently served as a Biologist/Associate Environmental Planner for Caltrans. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Kenyon College and her doctorate in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis.

Peggy Nguyen

Senior Environmental Scientist | CalEPA Department of Toxic Substances Control

Peggy Nguyen earned her M.S. In Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. She currently serves is a senior environmental scientist and environmental remediation project manager for the Department of Toxic Substances Control Cleaning-up Vulnerable Communities Initiative where she will be helping to implement workforce development and critical resilience projects. As a returning UCLA graduate student, she is also researching ways to study, engineer, and enhance nature-based pollution removal processes and systems. She is currently pursuing an applied doctorate at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with emphases in civil and environmental engineering and biogeography/Geospatial, computer vision, and machine learning-based conservation technologies.

Reema Shakra

Senior Planner | Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Ms. Shakra is a Climate Adaptation Program Manager with Rincon Consultants and has experience in sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation assessments, climate action and adaptation planning, and community outreach and engagement. She has a wide-ranging policy background, having prepared or managed general plan updates, climate action plans, local coastal program updates, and climate adaptation plans. Ms. Shakra co-authored a step-by-step guidebook for the Southern California Association of Governments region which provides local governments with a compendium of tools, resources, and best practices to efficiently advance their climate adaptation planning process.

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