Virtual Town Hall on Bipartisan Climate Resilience Bill

Speakers Include Legislative Staff, Floodplain and Climate Justice Experts, City and Insurance Officials

Published May 19, 2022

Resilience 21, a coalition of more than 500 holistic resilience practitioners, hosted by Resilient Cities Network, will hold a Town Hall at 5 p.m. Eastern tonight to discuss the need for The National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act. The bipartisan bill would create a heightened focus on resilience within the federal government structure to help municipalities become more resilient to climate change and start to rectify the inequities that make low-income communities and communities of color the most vulnerable to these impacts.

Staff from the offices of Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) will join floodplain and climate justice experts, a Norfolk, Va., resilience officer and a Zurich vice president to discuss the details of the legislation, share information about how climate change is harming communities big and small, and explain the implications for the insurance sector.

The event conveners include the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Pew Charitable Trusts, Resilience 21 Coalition, Resilient Cities Network, and Union of Concerned Scientists.


Chris Avila, Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Chris Coons

John Mark Kolb, Legislative Director for Rep. María Elvira Salazar

Jade Begay, Director, Climate Justice Campaign, NDN Collective and R21 Leadership Circle member

Kyle Spencer, Deputy Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk

Tom Santos, Assistant Vice President, Federal Affairs, Zurich North America

Shana Udvardy, Senior Climate Resilience Policy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Forbes Tompkins, Manager, Flood-Prepared Communities, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Beth Gibbons, Executive Director, American Society of Adaptation Professionals

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Global Director, Policy and Investments at Resilient Cities Network, Co-Facilitator of Resilience 21

Laurie Schoeman, Director, Climate and Sustainability, Capital, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc, Co-Facilitator of Resilience 21

Mihir Parikh, Senior Program Director, Resilience, Enterprise Community Partners


Thursday, May 19, 5-6:30 p.m. Eastern


Register for the event here to be sent a link for the virtual Town Hall.