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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, click on the appropriate webinar link below, but please note that you will not be able to access the session until 1 hour before its start time. When you arrive at the session login page, you will be asked to enter your name before you click submit. Please enter your full name. Once you click submit, you may then be prompted to allow the latest version of Java to be installed onto your computer -- allow this update. Mac users must be running OS X 10.7.3 or higher. For more information on how to log in, please click 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  
November 5, 2014 Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience  
December 3, 2014 Green Infrastructure and Public Health  
January 7, 2015 Green Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Economic Development  
February 4, 2015 Urban Greening and Ecosystem Services  
March 4, 2015 Assessing Ecosystem Services Associated with Urban Trees  


This seminar series is sponsored by the following partners: