First Wave of Speakers Announced; Deadline for Speaker Recommendations is Today

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First Wave of Speakers Announced for 2013 Rising Seas Summit
Speaker Recommendation Deadline is Today


2013 Rising Seas Summit:
Understanding Sea Level Rise in the Face of Extreme Events and an Uncertain Economy

June 18-20, 2013  |  Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hosted at the Westin Beach Resort
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The inaugural Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

Rising Seas Summit Program Topics

  • A primer on sea level rise, including drivers, projections and implications;
  • Analyses of recent reports published by the GAO, Army Corps of Engineers, National Climate Assessment and National Academies;
  • Modeling and planning for sea level rise;
  • Assessing risks to transportation infrastructure and developing resilience plans;
  • Case studies from domestic and international communities already adapting to sea level rise;
  • Quantifying the short-term and long-term economic implications; and
  • Managing risks related to more frequent and significant extreme events.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Brian Bidolli — Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
  • Olga Dominguez — Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure & Senior Sustainability Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • John Englander — Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Joan Fitzgerald — Interim Dean and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Kathy Freas — Director, Global Water Business Group, CH2M Hill
  • Brian Holland — Climate Program Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
  • Marilys Nepomechie — Professor, Department of Architecture, Florida International University
  • Rebecca Ranich — Director, Federal Energy Management/Sustainability Initiative, Deloitte
  • Tommy Strowd — Director, Operations Maintenance & Construction Division, South Florida Water Management District
  • Harold Wanless — Professor and Department Chair, Department of Geological Services, University of Miami
  • Dozens of additional speakers to be announced shortly

Schedule at a Glance

The program agenda for the 2013 Rising Seas Summit is in development and will be published shortly.  The following is a schedule at a glance for the program.

Tuesday (June 18, 2013):

8:00am – 6:00pm

Registration Open

9:00am – 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshops and Roundtables

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Exhibitor Setup

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

Wednesday (June 19, 2013):

7:30am – 6:00pm

Registration Open

7:30am – 8:30pm

Coffee, Pastries & Networking

8:30am – 10:30am

Plenary Session A

10:30am – 11:00am


11:00am – 12:15pm

Plenary Session B

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Lunch with Special Guest Speaker

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Breakout Session 1

3:00pm – 3:30pm


3:30pm – 5:00pm

Breakout Session 2

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception

Thursday (June 20, 2013):

7:30am – 12:00pm

Registration Open

7:30am – 8:30pm

Coffee, Pastries & Networking

8:30am – 10:30am

Plenary Session A

10:30am – 11:00am


11:00am – 12:30pm

Breakout Session 3

12:30pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:30pm

Roundtable Session 1

2:30pm – 2:45pm


2:45pm – 3:45pm

Roundtable Session 2


Summit Concludes

For more information about this program,
please contact Melissa Lembke at 202-496-7390.

Click Here to Register!

Registration Fees:
General: $450
Government: $350

Early Bird Special:
Register by May 1 and receive a discount on registration
($100 for general admission,
$50 for government)

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Venue & Lodging Information

Westin Beach Resort
321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Lodging Rates:
Single/Double – $179
Triple – $204
Quad – $229

Online Reservations: 
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Phone Reservations:

Reservations Deadline:May 28, 2013

Hotel reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms at the ACCO group rate will sell out before the deadline, so we advise you to make your reservation as early as possible.

Recommendation Deadline is Today

Before submitting a name, please make sure that the individual you are recommending is a recognized subject matter expert with strong public speaking skills.

Please e-mail recommendations byclicking here.

Submissions must include “Speaker Recommendation” in the subject line, and should provide the following information:

> Basic contact information, title and affiliation;

> Short biography (maximum 2-3 paragraphs);

> Area of expertise and suggested topic for presentation; and

> Current work, media coverage or publications, or recent speaking engagements.

The deadline for submitting suggested speakers for the 2013 Rising Seas Summit is April 15, 2013.