Third Annual 2019 Sea Level Rise & Climate Change Conference
Digging for Sea Level Rise Solutions: The Economic Effects of Sea Level Rise on Corporate Decision-Making
Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Hotel InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Climate change, and more particularly sea level rise, has become an urgent issue along American coastlines, along with the effects of extreme weather. The third annual 2019 Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Conference, hosted by the national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Miami from 8:30am – 4:30pm (with cocktails following).
The 2019 Conference will offer a business-oriented program that will explore the Why, What and When of successful solutions associated with sea level rise in Florida. The program will feature a full day of relevant and substantive panels and speakers featuring leaders from the real estate, finance and insurance industries plus government and university academicians. FIU's Sea Level Solutions Center will again be active participants.
Picking up where the 2018 program discussion left off—the 2019 conference will take a deeper dive into some of the issues including the current status of sea level rise, the economic, legal and regulatory implications and how Florida is preparing for this imminent threat. The conference will also explore how members of the business community can collaborate and partner with local and state municipalities and regulatory bodies to develop proactive solutions.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Linda Cheung, Founder and CEO, Before It's Too Late (Miami Murals)
- Dan Gelber, Mayor, City of Miami Beach
- Billy Grayson, Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance in Washington, D.C.
- Tom Hudson, Vice President of News, WLRN Miami|South Florida (Conference Emcee)
- Vince Lago, Vice Mayor, City of Coral Gables
- David Martin, President and Co-Founder, Terra Group
- Nancy Watkins, Principal & Consulting Actuary, Milliman
Topics explored will include:
- Whether there are practicable adjustments to architecture and urban planning that can minimize damage from future conditions and assure long term insurability.
- What should be the elements of a national response to strengthen coastal communities? What laws must change or be enacted?
- Are there engineering options on a multi-county scale that could be cost effective in preserving urbanized areas?
- Public-Private Partnership Options – how could financing mega-projects be economically reasonable?
- Will there be affordable insurance against the risk of the weather, climate and sea level rise? What will be the impact of newly restructured flood insurance rates under FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program?
- Near-term opportunities for real estate developers, financial institutions and entrepreneurs.