Climate Ready Providence Speaker Series

Together with The Providence Foundation, the Providence Resilience Partnership is bringing several national experts to Providence in a virtual speaker series this fall. Lunch and learn with us to better understand the climate risk we are facing, and learn about tools to help individuals, families and businesses better prepare for what’s ahead.
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Thursday, October 19 – 12:00-1:00 PM 
Dr. Ed Kearns, Chief Data Officer
First Street Foundation, Brooklyn NY


First Street Foundation works to ensure every American homeowner, renter, business, and community has access to the best climate risk data available through RiskFactor.com, providing in-depth, climate adjusted, property specific risk assessments for homes across the United States. This includes flooding, wind, wildfire and extreme heat. Dr. Kearns will kick off the series quantifying the risks that Providence faces from each of these climate impacts. Register here for the October 19 session!
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Thursday, November 2 – 12:00-1:00
Dr. Alfredo Roa-Henriquez
Challey Institute at North Dakota State University


Dr. Roa-Henriquez will be presenting the Business Resilience Calculator, a decision support tool that business can use to evaluate capacity to respond to disasters, a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security. In particular, the research quantifying the reverberating non-insured costs of climate impacts on business is extremely compelling. Register here for the November 2 session!
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Thursday, November 16 – 12:00-1:00 pm
Karen Florini, Vice President of Strategic Impact
Climate Central

Ms. Florini is an attorney who previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate change at the US Department of State, working with now US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, helping to lead the Global Climate Change Initiative. At Climate Central she leads their work on climate and health issues. Her talk will examine wider community aspects of severe weather and other climate impacts. Register here for the November 16 session!