October 1, 2015 – Climate Change & Impact

Speakers:
Dr. Mathias Vuille, Associate Professor, University at Albany

Description:

The presenting topic was on how projected changes in climate will affect a multitude of aspects related to our daily lives over the coming decades. To reduce our vulnerability in the light of such changes will require that we transform our infrastructure, cities, and energy production in to more resilient systems. This presentation presents some of the major challenges our society is facing, when moving forward with this transformation, but also the opportunities and co-benefits we can take advantage of when developing and implementing new and innovative adaptation strategies.

PowerPoint(s): 
Climate Change – Mathias Vuille

Recording:

(Run time: 03:00:00)
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Location:
Binghamton University Downtown Center, Room 220

Present:
Steven Bard (Binghamton University), James Baumgartner (Nagare Consulting), Steve Campbell (Morgan Stanley), Joanne Corey (VeRSE/Catholic Peace Community of the Southern Tier), Ryan Ann Cornish (Double Tree), Jim Cunningham (AM&T), Robin Eccleston (Stafkings), Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), Adam Flint (Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition), Howard Garrity (U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Guy Hallgren (Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems), John Hayek (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition) Janet Hertzog (SUNY Broome Community College), Ken Kamlet (Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Scott Lauffer (Susquehanna Group, Sierra Club), Rick Mancini (Customized Energy Solutions), Dan McCormack (Binghamton University), Zack McKenna (NYSDOT), Cliff Olin (Olin Capital Advisors), Cyndi Paddick (Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study), Lester Platt, Alan Rae (IncubatorWorks), Chris Rounds, Jesan Sorrells (Human Services Consulting and Training), Mike Straight (STREDC/NYSERDA), Tom Sullivan (Traffic Engineer BMTS) Tim Sweeney (Peak Ecommerce), James Whitmore (Liquid Karma Record Label LLC), Mary Whitmore (Liquid Karma Record Label LLC), Tom Wilber (Three Rivers Development Foundation), Gerri Wiley (UUCB  of Binghamton)

Discussion

  • T. Kowalik called the meeting to order. He briefly introduced SUNY BEST’s vision and goals, and reminded attendees SUNY BEST of future events. T.Kowalik introduced the speaker.
  • Mathias Vuille presented how projected changes in climate will affect a multitude of aspects related to our daily lives over the coming decades. For example, most exposed coastal communities can expect rising sea levels to impact housing, business and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is highly likely that the plants and trees we see today, although they are slowly adapting, will be replaced by species that are more common in mid-Atlantic states (Virginia for example). To reduce our vulnerability in the light of such changes will require that we transform our infrastructure, cities, and energy production in to more resilient systems. This presentation presents some of the major challenges our society is facing when moving forward with this transformation, but also the opportunities and benefits we can take advantage of when developing and implementing new and innovative adaptation strategies.
  • Extended Q&A session followed among attendees. T. Kowalik reminded everyone that the McKinley cafeteria was open for those who wished to eat lunch in the facility. Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting will take place on November 5, from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.