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8. Webinar:Assessing Transatlantic Exchange on Urban Revitalization - What works, what doesn’t? – Shaping future programming

The regeneration of older industrial cities remains a challenge for U.S. and European countries. Although the legal, policy, political and community contexts are different, researcher and policymakers in European and US cities have long compared approaches to urban regeneration with an eye toward replicating successful programs and policies. In fact, non-governmental organizations, universities, governments, foundations, and private initiatives have sponsored, convened, and supported dozens of transatlantic professional exchanges among peer policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civic/business leaders.

To better understand the impact of such transatlantic exchanges, the Urban Institute in Washington, DC – in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – is currently developing a typology and high-level assessment of peer-learning activities that have taken place over the past decade with a specific focus on the revitalization of older, industrial cities in Europe and the United States. 

This webinar will take the form of an interactive discussion. Participants will be asked to contribute their experience and perspectives. Specifically, participants will be invited to discuss two broad questions: (1) Describe a peer learning experience you participated in that was particularly successful; and (2) Describe any concrete outcomes, including changes in program or policy, that have resulted from peer learning activities in which you participated. Your input will be used to identify needs and priorities and to shape future programming and support. Moreover, the webinar will provide participants with initial findings, including an overview of different exchange formats.

The discussion will be led by Tamar Shapiro, a non-resident fellow with the Urban Institute, currently based in Leipzig, Germany. Before moving to Leipzig, Tamar was the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit working on vacant property revitalization in the United States. Prior to that, she ran the Urban Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

THE WEBINAR WILL BE ON FEB. 7TH AT 15:00- 16:00 GMT (16:00 - 16:45 BERLIN | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM WASHINGTON). 

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7. Webinar: Global Warming: What can we learn from the COP24 meeting?

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze, Dr. Oleksandr Sushchenko, Hannes Rassmann

In December 2018, politicians and scientists from around the globe met in Katowice to evaluate the status of climate change, which is broadly considered to threatening sustainability and resilience of societies around the world. The IPCC special report 15 was meant to be the key scientific input into the COP24 meeting, when the Parties of the Paris Agreement met in Poland with the central aim to keep global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to a maximum increase of 1.5°C. This is an ambitious aim acknowledging the fact that global temperatures are already rapidly approaching the 1.5°C target. 

A team of social science researchers with backgrounds as different as international law, political economy and social ethnology from the German research center "UFZ" followed the COP24 meeting in Poland within the negotiation area and outside the tents to observe and analyze if and how the urgent message of the IPCC has been taken up in the Katowice agreements. At this webinar they will report on their experiences and assessments. Join us when they will tell us first-hand from the Katowice negotiations and discuss with us the impacts and implications for sustainable, resilient and healthy communities and urban development!

Your host will be Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze - a globaly renown economist working on climate change adaptation strategies in particular related to sustainable land use incentives. Reimund joined COP24 and several previous international climate change conferences and will be joined by international colleagues Dr. Oleksandr Sushchenko and Hannes Rassmann in the webinar.

The webinar will be on Dec. 20 at 14:30 - 15:45 GMT (15:30 - 16:45 Berlin | 9:30am - 10:45am Washington).

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6. Webinar: Live-Streaming: At the Frontiers of U.S.-German Urban Transformation Research

We will be streaming live from Washington, D.C., Resources for the Future meeting of!

9:00       Intro

Short presentations + Q&A by hosts of event setting the scene.

  • Ann Bartuska, Vice President RFF Land, Water and Nature (LWN) Program
  • Stephan Bartke, UFZ: A short introduction of the Platform
  • Annette Gatchett, EPA: The history of US-German Bilateral Working Group

9:30       Pitches and presentations by participants

  • Reimund Schwarze, UFZ and European University Viadrina
    "Using Fulbright support for climate and extreme events risk research"
  • Detlef Grimski, German Environment Agency
    "Stakeholder needs for research for sustainable land-use"
  • Britta Bierwagen, US Environmental Protection Agency
    "Community Resilience Research at EPA"
  • Allison Reilly, University of Maryland, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    "Repeated disasters and the costs for FEMA: Insights from the Public Assistance Program"
  • Kris Wernstedt, Virginia Tech Urban Planning
    "The Risk of Resilience"
  • Leidy Klotz, University of Virginia VA Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture
    "Nudging Designers: Choice Architecture for More Resilient Infrastructure"
  • Mike Gerst, University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
    "Development of Resilience Indicators in Maryland Communities"
  • Casey Wichman, Resources For the Future
    "Who pays to replace water infrastructure in the U.S.?"

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