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Leading Practices & Priorities 2013

Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices and Policy Priorities

May 22, 2013

For a full review of conference events, including a summary of afternoon working sessions, read the conference proceedings.

Read this Rutgers article about the NJCAA's May 22nd conference: Climate Change Preparedness in NJ. Also read about the conference here and poll results unveiled at the conference here.

Thanks to our Education and Outreach Lead Sponsors, Supporters and Contributors and NJCAA Underwriters




Registration and Continental Breakfast



James H. Hughes,
Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Anne Hoskins, Senior Vice President for
    Public Affairs and Sustainability, PSEG
  • Honorable James J. Florio



New Jersey Insights

Introduction: Gary Sondermeyer,
Vice President of Operations, Bayshore Recycling, Inc.

9:30-10:45  Leading Practices and Trends Nationally (Panel 1)
  • Agriculture — William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, USDA (Hohenstein presentation)
  • Coastal Communities — Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center (Davidson presentation)
  • Natural Resources — Bruce Stein, Director Climate Adaptation, National Wildlife Federation (Stein presentation)

Moderator: Nick DeNichilo, PE, President and CEO, Hatch Mott MacDonald







Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Leading Practices and Trends Nationally (Panel 2)

  • Public Health — Michael A. McGeehin, Former Division Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (McGeehin presentation)
  • Transportation — John Posey, Director, East-West Gateway Council of Governments (Posey presentation)
  • Utilities — Sue Tierney, Managing Director, Environmental Analysis Group (Tierney presentation)
  • Water Resources — Paul Fleming, Manager Climate & Resiliency Group, Seattle Public Utilities and Chair, Water Utility Climate Alliance (Fleming presentation)

Moderator: Kathleen Ellis, Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Natural Gas

12:30-1:45 Lunch

Overview of climate change adaptation activities in the United States at the state and federal level
Introduction: James Bach, Chief Operating Officer, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center (Arroyo presentation)
  • Reducing Risks to Vulnerable Populations
    Introduction: Nicky Sheats, Thomas Edison State College
  • Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dillard University (Wright presentation)
2:00-4:00  State of Climate Preparedness in New Jersey — Three concurrent panels (choose one)


Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing our Residents

Moderator: Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University

  • Public Health — George DiFerdinando Jr., Director, NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health (DiFerdinando presentation)
  • Insurance — Megan Linkin, Natural Hazards Expert, Vice President Global Partnerships, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation (Linkin presentation)
  • Social Services — Robert Kley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mental Health Association of New Jersey
  • Emergency Management — Bob Butkus, Domestic Preparedness Planner, Ocean County Sheriff's Department, Office of Emergency Management (Butkus presentation)
  • Water Resources — Daniel Van Abs, Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University (Van Abs presentation)
  • Underserved Communities — Roland Anglin, Director and Associate Research Professor, The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University (anglin.pdf)
Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing our Infrastructure

Moderator: Jeff Perlman, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

  • Coastal and Inland Flooding — Mark Mauriello, New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (Mauriello presentation)
  • Transportation and Planning — Jon Carnegie, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University (Carnegie presentation)
  • Water Utilities — Dennis Doll, President & Chief Executive Officer, Middlesex Water Company (Doll presentation)
  • Energy Utilities — Kim Hanemann, Vice President for Transmission, PSEG (Hanemann presentation)
  • Natural Resource Restoration — Patty Doerr, Director of Coastal and Marine Programs, The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey (Doerr presentation)
  • Lands Management and Stewardship — Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms Foundation (Catania presentation)

Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey: Preparing Our Communities

Due to technical difficulties, a video recording of this panel discussion is not available.


Moderator: Jennifer Gonzalez, Environmental Planner, County of Passaic Department of Planning & Economic Development

  • Community Engagement — Randy Solomon, Co-Director, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (Solomon presentation)
  • Coastal Communities — Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society
  • Urban Communities — Ana Baptista, Environmental & Planning Projects Director, Ironbound Community Corporation (Baptista presentation)
  • Agricultural Communities — Mark Robson, Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, Professor of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University (Robson presentation)
  • Community and Regional Planning — Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director, PlanSmart NJ (Vandenberg presentation)
  • Community-based Tools — Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (Auermuller presentation)