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Community Resiliency Symposium
Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Lunda Center



8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Sustainability Institute is hosting a Community Resiliency Symposium on Wednesday, November 2, 2016  from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lunda Center

Join us at the first annual Community Resiliency Symposium to find out more about all these questions and so much more!

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The day kicks off with three keynote speakers taking a deeper dive into what Resiliency is and how it relates to our region. Following lunch, participate in a dynamic focus group with other local individuals to help identify possible risk factors in our region, compile current resources and outline opportunities and solutions to fill current gaps.

  • Are we ill prepared or do we have effective plans in place for the most likely factor that can change the way we live, work and function as a community?
  • What are the most pressing & emerging issues in agriculture, emergency response, housing, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and YOUR profession?
  • How can your organization join the effort to get ahead of the devastating impacts of items that can limit our ability to grow and prosper?

Key Note Speakers

Anne Waple - Working in climate science and adaptation for her whole career, Dr. Anne Waple is an independent consultant for climate research, assessment, and planning in addition to writing and editing science-focused publications. Anne was also the Vice President at Second Nature for three years and established a climate resilience framework for higher education, now adopted by over 100 institutions.  

Mayor Roy Buol - Serving Dubuque, IA as Mayor since 2005, Mayor Roy Buol has focused on "engaging citizens as partners" In 2009, Mayor Buol helped launch a public/private partnership with IBM titled: "Smarter Sustainable Dubuque." In 2016, Mayor Buol attended "Building Resilience for the Extremes" as a panelist for the first White House Water Summit. Beyond his extensive public speaking experience across the world, Mayor Buol has remained focused on community involvement and his City's Sustainability.

Taggert Brooks -  As a UWL-Economics Professor, Taggert Brooks bring focus to our national and regional economic and demographic profile. Brooks also is the semi-annual presenter at the highly successful local Economic Indicators Breakfast.