Climate Change: A Global Reality

Community Leaders Institute

Climate Change: A Global Reality

January 28, 2017
Coastal Georgia Center Auditorium
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401

While Climate Change is a global phenomenon, its localized impacts require community-level action. Many of the most effective Climate Change initiatives are conceived and enacted at the local level. True resilience – the ability to anticipate and withstand all that Climate Change may bring – begins with an informed and engaged community. We welcome your participation in this program, and hope it serves as a model for proactive policy initiatives in communities nationwide.

Progress requires informed and active leaders. The purpose of this Institute is to reinforce this principle and to emphasize the unique relationship between environmental protection, human health, environmental justice, and economic development as an essential part of community development.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:30am: Registration and Breakfast (Coastal Georgia Center Auditorium)
10:00am: Opening and Welcoming Remarks
    Dr. David E. Rivers, Associate Professor, Director of Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO), Department of Library Science and Informatics (DLSI), Medical
       Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
    The Honorable Bill Durrence, Alderman, City of Savannah, GA
    Mrs. Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, Legacy Management, US Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, DC
    Dr. Alesha Wright, Operations and Facility Manager, Coastal Georgia Center; Division of Continuing Education, Georgia Southern University, Savannah GA
    Mr. Kevin Mills, President and CEO, South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, SC
    Mr. Albert A. George, II, Director of Conservation, South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, SC
    Dr. Sabra C. Slaughter, Special Advisor to the President; Associate Professor, Family Medicine, MUSC, Charleston, SC
    Dr. Marcus Ferguson, Coordinator and Assistant Presor, Department of Chemistry; Assistant Professor, Department of Biology; Director, Environmental Justice Institute
       Allen University, Columbia, SC
10:30am: Introduction of Video (56:40) – Climate Change: A Global Reality
    Mr. Richard Jablonski, Research Associate, PICO, DLSI, MUSC, Charleston, SC
11:30am: Break
11:45am: Panel: Local Dialogue
    Moderator: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor and Director, Environmental Science Program, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
    Mr. Stuart Williams, Director and Co-Founder, The Corporate Climate Alliance, Johns Island, SC
    Mr. Ramsey H. Khalidi, CEO, The Southern Pine Company of Georgia, Inc., Savannah, GA
    Ms. Jackie Jackson, LEED-AP BD+C, Director, Garden City Special Projects, Garden City, GA
    Dr. Mildred McClain, Executive Director, Citizens for Environmental Justice, Savannah, GA
    Ms. Megan J. Desrosiers, Executive Director, One Hundred Miles, Brunswick, GA
    Dr. J. Herman Blake Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, Johns Island, SC
    Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Professor Emeritus, Coordinator, Marine Science Program, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
1:15pm: Q&A Session
1:30pm: Evaluation
Dr. Latecia M. Abraham, Instructor, PICO, DLSI, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1:35pm: Lunch, (Coastal Georgia Center)
2:35pm: Individual Interviews
 Experts in the field of Climate Change

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