On September 28, 2023, Mark Shafer, Deputy Director for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and Associate Professor in Geography & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, participated in the White House Summit on Building Climate Resilient Communities.
The Summit, which was announced by President Biden earlier this summer, brought together local, state, Tribal, and territorial leaders and practitioners focused on climate resilience. It explored opportunities to develop effective and equitable climate resilience strategies that are locally tailored and community-driven, with the aim of building communities that are not only resilient to the impacts of a changing climate, but also safer, more equitable, and economically stronger. The meeting was planned, hosted, and led by the White House’s Climate Policy Office.
The Summit included a plenary session featuring a variety of speakers, including leadership of White House offices and federal agencies, followed by breakout sessions in which invitees discussed more specific topics related to their area of expertise in moderated small groups. The Summit is intended to be the start of an ongoing conversation.
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