Challenges of Adapting to Climate Change

Event Date and Time: 
2/18/2014 - 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: 
Hutchins Hall (Room 220)

The U-M Community is invited to a special presentation by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, who is a member of President Obama's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the American Bar Association's Task Force on Sustainable Development. The event is being presented by the University of Michigan's Environmental Law and Policy Program (ELPP), which promotes scholarship, teaching, and interdisciplinary programs to address the myriad challenges facing our global environment.

Now serving his third term, Mayor Heartwell took office on January 1, 2004. During his tenure, City government has implemented a variety of environmental measures, including purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures. In January 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.” Grand Rapids is widely recognized as one of the most sustainable cities in America. In 2010 the US Chamber of Commerce gave Grand Rapids the “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” award, and in 2012 Mayor Heartwell was given the first place Climate Protection Award by the US Conference of Mayors.
 
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