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Is Your State Resilient? Planning for Climate Change


Webinar Recording


Note: AICP credits are not approved for post event viewing

Webinar Program (PDF)

Planetary changes are occurring in measurable ways, from rising sea levels to floods to drought. How can communities safeguard human health and the physical environment in the face of nature’s response to warming temperatures? This webinar focuses on plans, policies and laws that address the impacts of climate change on the state level. Webinar presenters include Michael McCormick, senior planner and adviser, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Zoë Johnson, program manager for climate change planning and policy with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Julie Dennis, community program manager, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Division of Community Development, sharing their work on how forward-thinking state policies can alleviate the impacts of climate change. 1 p.m. EDT Friday, April 11. AICP continuing education credits pending.



Michael McCormick photo Michael McCormick, Senior Planner, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California

Michael McCormick, AICP joined the administration of California Governor Jerry Brown in July 2011. He is currently working with the Air Resources Board and the Resources Agency to develop tools that local governments can use to develop more effective plans and policies to address climate change. Mr. McCormick manages the coordination of the OPR Local Government Roundtable and is the Chair of the Climate Change, Land Use and Infrastructure team of the Climate Action Team. He is the co-author of the OPR Climate Action Plan Technical Advisory released in April 2012 and represents OPR on workgroups for documents of interest to local government planning and sustainability efforts.  Mr. McCormick has experience working in academic, local government and consulting capacities and has been on the boards of several nonprofits including the American Planning Association, The Sustainability Academy and the Association of Environmental Professionals.

zjohnson photo 2010Zoë P. Johnson, Program Manager for Climate Change Planning and Policy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Zoë Johnson is the Program Manager for Climate Change Planning and Policy with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Zoë has been actively involved in climate change planning and policy initiatives in the State of Maryland since 1998 and is the author of various reports and publications on climate change and sea level rise adaptation.  She serves as key staff to Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Response Working Group and the Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Working Group.  Zoë is currently pursuing the development of state-level policy, as well as the execution of on-the-ground projects to implement a suite of natural resource adaptation priorities.   Zoë holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Washington University (1992) and a M.M.A. in Coastal and Marine Policy from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington (1998).

Julie Dennis PicJulie Dennis, Community Program Manager, Division of Community Development, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Julie Dennis has worked in the private, local, state and federal government sectors of planning. She currently works as a Community Program Manager with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Division of Community Development focusing on asset-based community economic development through the Competitive Florida Initiative.  In addition, she provides technical assistance on working waterfronts preservation, post-disaster redevelopment planning and sea level rise adaptation. She serves as the State of Florida lead for the Working Waterfronts and Disaster Resilient Communities Teams of the Governors’ South Alliance and the state co-lead for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Community Resiliency Team.  Ms. Dennis has written published articles and reports and presented to local, state and national audiences on subjects such as long-term recovery, asset-based economic development, coastal community planning, adaptation planning and hazard mitigation.  She received her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.

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