Distinguished Leadership Forum Moderators and Speakers

National Leaders Collaborate on Best Practices in Resilience as
Second Anniversary of Sandy Passes

On October 8, 2014, approximately 250 leading environmentalists, policy makers, scientists, and insurance industry experts gathered in Stamford, CT for the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum to assess the lessons learned from the second costliest storm in U.S. history and to examine best practices for mitigating and adapting to severe weather in the future.

While progress in rebuilding from Sandy's devastating impact was acknowledged, leaders cautioned that much more action is needed and tough decisions have to be made to better protect people and property in the Northeast from the severe weather that is predicted for the future.

The day-long forum tackled a number of important issues raised by Sandy through panel discussions and keynote speeches from powerful figures in government and the environmental community.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) a member of Congress' Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, addressed the delegates and said he will continue to push Congress to adopt strong and proactive environmental policies that combat climate change, curb pollution, invest in renewable energy, and promote sustainable development solutions.

Alice C. Hill, the Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, charged delegates in an opening keynote address to tackle the challenges facing the nation head on.

Collin O'Mara, the President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, presented a clear picture of potential for natural infrastructure to make communities more resilient to extreme weather and other climate impacts.

Click here to read the complete press release on the
Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum.

All forum presentations and materials are posted here.
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"ABIR's Brad Kading on Bermuda after 2014 hurricanes, regulation, new capital, growth and more", WRIN.tv On Demand Library – Jan. 22, 2015
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"Belief, Reality Must Converge to Fund Iowa City's Big Flood Mitigation Project", by Kathleen Sloan/The Hawk Eye, Emergency Management – Jan. 19, 2015
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"Pace of infrastructure planning for coastal flooding a countdown to disaster", by Jeffrey Meyer, The Coast News – Jan. 16, 2015
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"Pre-storm mitigation is key to cutting damage and costs", by R. David Paulinson, The Hill – Jan. 14, 2015
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"Miss. legislators enact first statewide building codes to withstand greater hurricane force wind", by Jeffrey Brewer, Property Casualty 360 – Dec. 29, 2014
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"Climate change in Grand Rapids: Mayor George Heartwell says 'There's more water coming", by Matt Vande Bunte, MichiganLive.com – Dec. 5, 2014
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"6 Years After Hurricane Ike, Texas Coast Remains Vulnerable", by Duff Wilson, Ryan McNeill & Deborah J. Nelson, Reuters – November 24, 2014
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"Worst Places to Own a Home: The 50 worst counties for homeowners, based on natural factors", by Nick Wiltgen & Eric Zerkel, The Weather Channel – November 2014
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"IBHS Urges New York to Adopt 2015 Model Building Codes", by IBHS, Insurance Journal – October 20, 2014
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"Kading: Smart Government Investments in Resilience Save Taxpayers Dollars and Protect Citizens", PR Newswire , InsuranceNewsNet.com – Oct. 9, 2014
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