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

Distinguished Leadership
Forum Moderators and Speakers

Just prior to the two year anniversary of Sandy, 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.