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NEW! A Seminar Series on Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities


More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. This demographic shift creates a host of new opportunities, but also some new risks, especially given the challenges posed by climatic extremes. This timely seminar series focuses attention on these issues, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address them.

The first two sessions focus on the specific climate risks in the urban Northeast US, and Philadelphia in particular, and how the public thinks about climate change and makes associated decisions. The remaining sessions focus our attention on innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies involving green infrastructure.

All the seminars are free, and held at 4:00 PM on the first Wednesday of every month at Drexel University. Refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be broadcast live via webcast and recorded.

WEBINAR INSTRUCTIONS: If you will be joining via webcast, please note that you will not be able to access the session until 1 hour before its start time. Do not use Internet Explorer; instead, use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. When you click on the appropriate webinar link below, you will arrive at a Session Log-in page where you will be asked to type in your Display Name. Please type in your full name and click Submit to proceed. You will then be asked to Download the Collaborate Launcher. As the prompt indicates, if Collaborate does not launch automatically, open the "meeting.collab" file in your Downloads folder to join the session. You must download this launcher to access the session. Instructions for Windows users can be found here.  Instructions for Mac users can be found here.




Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Franco Montalto,

Download a copy of the seminar schedule (PDF). 


April 2, 2014 What Do We Know About Climate Risks Facing Philadelphia and the Urban Northeast?
Daniel A. Bader, Columbia University/Center for Climate Systems Research
Watch the April 2 webinar
May 7, 2014 How Do Local Decision Makers and the Public View Climate Change?
Raluca Ellis, The Franklin Institute / Climate & Urban Systems Partnership
Watch the May 7 webinar
June 4, 2014 Planning Green Infrastructure with Stakeholder Input
Franco Montalto and Katharine Travaline, Drexel University
Watch the June 4 webinar
July 2, 2014 Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Cities by Managing Stormwater
Robert Traver, Villanova University
Green City, Clean Waters: Philadelphia's Citywide Green Infrastructure Program
Jessica Noon, Stephen White, and Matthew Fritch, Philadelphia Water Department
Watch the July 2 webinar
August 6, 2014 Green Infrastructure and Urban Heat Island Mitigation
Kimberly DiGiovanni, Villanova University / Stuart Gaffin, Columbia University /
Brian vant-Hull, City College of New York
Watch the August 6 webinar
September 3, 2014 Environmental Governance as a System: Individuals, Organizations, and Stewardship Networks
Erika Svendsen and Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Watch the September 3 webinar
Download the presentation (22MB PDF)
October 1, 2014 Green Infrastructure and Environmental Health and Safety
Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station /
Austin Troy, University of Colorado-Denver / Spatial Informatics Group, LLC
Watch the October 1 webinar
November 5, 2014 Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience
Philip Orton, Stevens Institute of Technology /
Adrian Benepe, The Trust for Public Land
Watch the November 5 webinar
December 3, 2014 Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Nexus Between Sustainability and Public Health?
Charles Haas, Drexel University
Watch the December 3 webinar
January 7, 2015 Green Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Economic Development
Ellen Neises and Kevin Gillen, University of Pennsylvania
Watch the January 7 webinar
February 4, 2015 Urban Greening and Ecosystem Services
Krista McGuire, Barnard College / Matthew Palmer, Columbia University
Watch the February 4 webinar
March 4, 2015 Assessing Green Infrastructure with Urban Vegetation
Kimberly DiGiovanni, Villanova University / Rachel Ahern, Philadelphia Water Department /
Max Blaustein, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
Watch the March 4 webinar
April 1, 2015 Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, and Health
David Hewitt, Evidential Planning and Management, LLC / Sunit Jariwala, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine / Skip Wiener, Urban Tree Connection
Watch the April 1 webinar
May 6, 2015 Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure
Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council / John Nystedt and Fred Stine, Delaware
Riverkeeper Network
Watch the May 6 webinar
June 3, 2015 Universities Green Infrastructure Research Round Table
Watch the June 3 webinar


This seminar series is sponsored by the following partners: