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Adaptation and Community Resilience

March 7, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hosted by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate’s Housing as Health Care Initiative, UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions and the Center for Impact@Anderson.


With an increasingly urgent need to adapt to our changing climate, the built environment offers unique opportunities for programs and new practices that can protect and improve human health. In order to effectively capitalize on these opportunities, it is critical to engage stakeholders from real estate, development, public health, public policy, climate adaptation, and other industries. The challenges – such as more frequent and severe heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods — can be destructive to the built environment, harm human health, and displace communities. However, the solutions offered by intersectoral work can be cost effective, simple, and innovative. Through discussion and collaboration, implementing these types of solutions can add value to real communities, increase resilience, and improve quality of life.

The second installment in this series will highlight best practices, programs and policies for climate adaptation and community resilience through the built environment, and discuss the process for implementing them. Panelists will discuss not only their current projects and opportunities in response to the climate crisis, but also provide an overview of building strategies that increase resilience. Each of these topics will be linked back to human health and social equity.

Speakers are:

– Brian Cole, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (Moderator)
– Sara Neff, Head of Sustainability, Lendlease Americas
– Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve
– Ben Stapleton, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles


March 7, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm