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Thriving in a Changing Climate



Thriving in a Changing Climate 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 

3 - 4:30 p.m. 

The climate is changing. Already, northeastern Illinois is experiencing heavier rains, longer droughts, and more frequent heat waves due to rising average temperatures. By 2050, our climate will differ from today’s in fundamental ways, forcing us to rethink the way we build infrastructure, neighborhoods, and cities. How can we prepare for this future in a way that protects our property values and natural resources and preserves a high quality of life for our region? And how can we ensure that these strategies work for everyone?

Join us and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning on April 6 as we tackle these questions and more as we co-present Thriving in a Changing Climate.

In addition, we'll be celebrating the opening of our newest self-curated exhibit, Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing ClimateDiscover how scientists and architects are designing homes that withstand the effects of our changing climate, reduce our environmental impact, and support natural habitat for plants and animals. Arckit will host a Pop-up Design Challenge, asking participants to design a structure that addresses the impacts of climate change that we expect to see in Chicago. Bring out your inner architect and experience real-life design challenges with Arckit. Imagine and build a home to withstand fierce storms, flooding, drought or the polar vortex. Arckit is the design tool for all ages to physically explore architectural design and bring ideas to life.

Our House opens March 25.

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Schedule & Speakers

2:30 p.m.

3 to 4:30 p.m.

Michael Hawthorne, Investigative Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Thomas A. Wall, PhD, Infrastructure and Preparedness Analyst, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center, Argonne National Laboratory
Kim Wasserman-Nieto, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow for Global Cities, Chicago Council of Global Affairs


Registration Information

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