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Creating Sustainable & Healthy Communities in a Changing Climate

Creating Sustainable & Healthy Communities in a Changing Climate
Mon, 03/04/2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield
Plainfield, VT

A panel presentation about the impacts of climate change and what we can do to adapt and to develop sustainability. Panelists are from the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Vermont Department of Health. The presentation will be followed by a discussion. Free and open to the public. Presented by Goddard College’s undergraduate program.

Brian Woods, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Team Coordinator, will describe the climate changes taking place in Vermont and the state and local responses to these changes.

Kate McCarthy, the Sustainable Communities Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, will explain how land use decisions can be the basis for resilient communities that promote energy savings, community health, and wise use of natural resources.

Scott Sawyer, primary author of the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will discuss the elements of our food system, the implications of climate change for this system, and the strategies of the Farm to Plate Plan.

David Grass, the Environmental Health Surveillance Chief at the Vermont Department of Health, will provide an overview of the human health impacts of climate change, and discuss the framework the health department plans to use to address these issues.
 

About our Panelists:

Brian Woods is the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Team Coordinator. He is the staff person for Climate Cabinet Chair and ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz. After earning a masters degree in environmental management from Duke University School of the Environment, he worked in the private sector for a short time before joining the ANR in 1991.

Kate McCarthy is the Sustainable Communities Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council where she focuses on building sustainable, compact communities that support open space and working lands. She has also worked as a regional planner for the Windham Regional Commission in Brattleboro, VT and with GrowSmart Maine on the Maine Model Town project in Standish, Maine. She has an MA in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Scott Sawyer is the Research, Evaluation, and Communications Manager for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, created by the Vermont Legislature to accelerate the development of the state’s green economy. He is the primary author of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan for strengthening Vermont’s food system, and the developer of the Vermont Food System Atlas. His Ph.D. dissertation from Washington State University was titled, "The Politics of Reliability: A Sociological Examination of the State of Vermont's Response to Peak Oil and Climate Change.

David Grass is the Environmental Health Surveillance Chief at the Vermont Department of Health where he manages the Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate Change Adaptation programs. From 2007 to 2012, David worked on climate change, emergency response, and environmental data informatics at the New York City Department of Health. His doctoral dissertation from Columbia University was titled: Assessing the Impacts of Air Pollution and Extreme Weather on Human Health in the Urban Environment.