2014 Global Classroom Summer Series — Building Resilient Cities

The Global Classroom Series explores the critical trends, challenges, and solutions to some of our world's most pressing problems.

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Resiliency is about cities adapting to the change that is occurring in our climate and preparing against future catastrophic events.

  • How do we prepare for more flooding and increasing drought and wildfires?
  • How do we prepare for sea level rise and spreading infectious disease?
  • Will we see climate refugees and food shortages?

Cities and countries are investing resources to advance sustainability, but the insufficient amount is being implemented to make them more resilient. Many designers are now imploring us to develop cities that can cope with climate changes and challenges of the uncertain future.

In this 12-week program, we will be delivering strategies to handle global and local concerns regarding the escalation in carbon emissions. We will be assessing the risks within each of the sub-systems, and innovations being developed to combat these challenges. Attendees should bring an interest in global issues, environmental sciences, sustainable development and problem-solving.

Challenges being addressed from two books:

  • "Resilient Sustainable Cities: A Future" by Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley and Heather Boyer
  • "Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions" by Stephen Coyle

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Guests: To sign up online, click the link above.
Interns: Email your waiting list request to info @ geni.org

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Topics in Each Week:

  • Resilience vs. Sustainability
  • Systems Stressors within the region and from the outside
  • Interconnected sub-systems: (Economic, Social, Environmental, and the built environment)
  • Innovation as a solution: food and water security, transportation and transit, energy and efficiency, network technology, social inclusion, waste streams, buildings, and urban design and technology
  • Policies to prepare and Leadership that fosters change  


Date Weekly Schedule: June 12 - August 28, 2014
Thursday evening each week, 6p-8p
View Week 01 How Global Climate Trends Affect Local Communities
View Week 02 Sustainability and Resiliency = Mitigate + Adaptation
View Week 03 Geography and Demographics: Where Are Our Risks?
View Week 04 Building Resilient Water Systems
View Week 05 Building Resilient Energy Systems
View Week 06 Building Resilient Transportation and Transit
View Week 07 Planning Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems
View Week 08 Designing Resilient Waste Systems
View Week 09 Planning for Public Health Stresses
View Week 10 The Economics of Resiliency. Is it Affordable?
View Week 11 Resilient Policies and Regulations: Getting Rules Right
View Week 12 Resilient San Diego and a Platform for other Cities


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