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This event seeks to further the roles that private sector design and engineering-related businesses can play in galvanizing climate mitigation and adaptation integration in building and infrastructure planning and development. The goal of this event is to develop a new level of ‘how we do business’ in architecture and engineering  – not an add-on, but a mainstream set of principles or criteria that incorporate a changing climate.

The attendees will address how we might motivate and support the adoption of professional practices that take account of changing climate– to support resilient buildings and infrastructure, as well as resilient people and places. Regardless of legislation and required changes to practices, might we drive the adoption of integrated principles of climate change from within the marketplace via professional societies and leadership firms in this area?

Organized by the Science to Action Community (S2AC), which is a collaboration of over 80 organizations working to protect and advance evidence-based science and decision-making, this event seeks to bring front and center the need for private-sector leadership on climate action. The invited attendees include representatives from multiple organizing bodies such as American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, ASHRAE, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects, and multiple representative industry leaders such as Perkins Will, Sherwood Engineers, Waggonner and Ball, SCAPE, AECOM, ARUP, Cadmus, Arcadis, and others wherein these recognizable voices might motivate global shifts in climate integration through their professional activities and complementary interests.

If these global actors were to commit to seek and integrate climate information (both physical and social science) into each of their projects, whether specifically sought out by their clients or not, their actions could propel change in building and infrastructure investments, establishing higher order priorities and collective momentum to achieve our global climate-related goals.

By normalizing this process through collective action, these organizing bodies and industry leaders could offer more than any could do individually.  The importance of this panel is to establish a new way of seeing the power of collective action, of reinforcing the role of climate awareness across those involved in building and infrastructure decision-making, and of raising optimism toward investments that are well-grounded in climate science and that motivate industries through demonstrations of how this work is to be done.

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