Resilience Summit

One Mission:

Raising the standard of resilience by putting green first. Learn the newest research and technology around resilience-enhancing designs, technologies, materials and methods.

Opening Keynotes
Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Resilience: Two leaders from the state and local levels, Kate Gordon (Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California) and Jeff Benavides (Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, Orange County, Florida), will share their experiences proactively planning for equitable resilience that address underlying environmental factors, consider unique vulnerabilities of communities, and prevent major economic damage, all while reacting to ongoing events and active threats.

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am CST


Closing Keynote
Kimberly Lewis, USGBC’s Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, North America, will give an overview of USGBC’s Equity Initiatives and will lead a conversation with distinguished guest, Cornelius Griggs, President of GMA Construction Group. Griggs is a leader in the construction industry and an expert in supporting and empowering disadvantaged communities and developing future leaders.

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 4:30pm-5:00pm CST

Objectives for 2020: 

  1. Discuss a sustainable future for all by focusing on the development of resilient cities and communities.
  2. Learn how to champion equitable, safe and healthy development policies by focusing on the implementation of advanced technologies that improve the performance of their communities and cities.
  3. Incorporate concepts like wellness and human experience into city planning, development and management. 
  4. Convene government officials, planners, developers, designers, public health professionals, community organizations, etc., who are breaking down fragmentation in the market as they focus on resilient and equitable outcomes.

Resilience Summit Education Sessions | Thursday, October 1

Resilience Summit Opening Keynote
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. CST

Join Kate Gordon, OPR Director for Gavin Newsom's office for the State of California, for the Greenbuild Resilience opening keynote. More speakers to be announced soon!

From Concept to Action: Climate Risk & Resilience Strategies
11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. CST

Climate risk ranks as one of the top five threats facing the global economy in 2020 and investor interest in climate-related financial disclosure is on the rise.

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Resilience: How to have “The Talk” with your clients
11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. CST

Building professionals need better ways to talk to clients about the value of resilience – and you can help. We will present the financial (and other) impacts of interruptions, obstacles to building resilience, and several case studies, and will facilitate as the audience develops persuasive arguments for better building performance.

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Resiliency at the Port of San Diego
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m. CST

The Port of San Diego is addressing climate adaptation and resiliency planning across various disciplines and collaborations.

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Gaming for Equity & Resilience: Raising the Living Standard
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m. CST

Resilience and equity are topics that need to be addressed together. This session explores the inter-connection between the terms; methodology to understand them in the context of a community and develop planning principles based on a new framework.

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RELi: From Hazard Mitigation to Community Vitality
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. CST

This session will provide an overview of the RELi rating system, with a focus on climate hazard mitigation and the connection between climate resilience and community vitality. Panelists will have an open discussion on how architects, engineers, planners and more can embed resilient thinking into the design, construction, and operation of buildings.

A People-Centered Approach to Resilience in Orange County, FL and LEED for Cities and Communities
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. CST

This session will demonstrate how local governments can measure community resilience capacity through prerequisites and credits in the LEED for Cities and Communities Quality of Life category. We will feature the progress happening in Orange County, FL a community that has come together to understand their current conditions then put the time and investment in to level the playing field for community members and make improvements that will benefit the region’s overall resilience.

Resilience Summit Breakout Session Part 2- Afternoon Salon: Voices on Equity
3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m. CST

A community’s ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events requires an equal seat at the table for all who are impacted. In this rapid-fire style session, attendees will hear from a series of speakers from USGBC’s Social Equity Summit in June 2020. Through their case studies, these speakers will provide examples of work being done to create more equitable and resilient communities across the country.

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