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

With the two year anniversary of Sandy just weeks away, 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 thenation 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.

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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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"RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation Convenes Insurance Industry Experts, Leading Policy Makers and Scientists to Discuss Risk and Resilience in a Post-Sandy Era", Disaster Recovery Journal – Oct. 14, 2014
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"IBHS Co-Sponsors Hurricane Sandy Resilience and Risk Forum that Advances Best Practices in Severe Weather Preparedness", IBHS – Oct. 14, 2014
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"National Environmental Leaders Address Lessons Learned from Sandy and the Impact of Climate Change on the Northeast", ECO World News – Oct. 13, 2014
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"National Leaders Collaborate on Best Practices in Resilience as Second Anniversary of Sandy Approaches", Press Release, Providence Journal – Oct. 13, 2014
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"25 Years After Loma Prieta: Bay Area Infrastructure Is Safer, But Still on Shaky Ground", by Lisa M. Krieger & Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times – October 13, 2014
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"Disaster resilience and affordable housing", by Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference, NHC Open House Blog – October 10, 2014
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"NWF's Collin O'Mara, National Environmental Leaders Address Lessons of Sandy and Climate Change", by Miles Grant, Wn.com – Oct. 10, 2014
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"Riskies", by Adam Sobel, Adam Sobel Blog – Oct. 9, 2014
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"Experts think lessons from Sandy remain unlearned", by Judy Benson, New London Day – Oct. 9, 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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"Disaster resilience and affordable housing", by Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference, NHC Open House Blog – October 10, 2014
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"Murphy Remarks on Coastal Resiliency at Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum", Senator Chris Murphy Press Release – Oct. 8, 2014
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"Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum Addresses Lessons Learned from Sandy and the Impact of Climate Change on the Northeast", TGE Ink – October 1, 2014
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"FEMA Will Require States to Examine Climate Risks in Disaster Planning", by Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News – Oct. 1, 2014
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"Civil engineers group calls for a national strategy on mitigating floods", by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press, ABC News – September 22, 2014
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"HUD launches $1 Billion Disaster Resilience Competition", Rockefeller Foundation Press Release, HUD.GOV – September 17, 2014
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"Homes that frequently flood place a heavy burden on the flood insurance program", by Scott Gurian, NJ Spotlight – September 2, 2014
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"Focusing on Disaster Costs Before Rather Than After They Happen", by Andrea Wells, Insurance Journal – August 6, 2014
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