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 2022 SCDRP Annual Meeting
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Unique Communities, Shared Challenges: Addressing Resilience, Equitably

January 26 - 27, 2022
Inspired by shared resilience challenges facing unique communities, this year's meeting will focus on innovative approaches to support resilience, actionable resources for inclusive planning, and forward-thinking strategies for adaptation.  This meeting celebrates the diversity of our region, explores the local perspective on resilience challenges, and offers an opportunity to provide feedback to the Southeast and Caribbean Chapters of the 5th National Climate Assessment.

If you missed our 2022 Meeting, you can watch recordings from the sessions on our YouTube Channel, here


Day 1: January 26, 2022
8:30-9:00 am EST / 9:30-10:00 am AST: Log in and Troubleshooting

9-9:15 am EST / 10:00-10:15 am AST: Welcome, Meeting Overview and Logistics

9:15-10:45 am EST / 10:15-11:45 am AST: Session 1: Status of Resilience in the SE States & Caribbean Territories State and territory representatives will share recovery, resilience, and adaptation initiatives and programs, with an emphasis on equity, local needs, and communities.
  • Heidi Stiller, NOAA Office of Coastal Management
  • Hilary Lohmann, USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources
  • Jennifer Kline, GA Coastal Resources Division
  • Jill Gambill, GA Sea Grant
  • Mackenzie Todd, NC Division of Coastal Management
  • Alex Butler, SC Office of Resilience
  • Diane Quigley, FL Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ernesto Diaz, TetraTech

10:45-11:00 am EST / 11:45-12:00 am AST: BREAK

11:00 am-12:15 pm EST / 11:45-12:00 am AST: Session 2: Building Infrastructure to Withstand Coastal Hazards Speakers will share infrastructure resilience challenges and mitigation approaches proven to minimize storm damage to roadways, island communities, and single and multi-family structures.
  • Michael Newman, Insurance Institute for Building & Home Safety
  • Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Andres Torizzo, Watershed Consulting
  • John Johnson, McWane Ductile
  • Shana Jones, JD, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA
  • Julie Shiyou-Woodard, Smart Home America
12:15-1:00 pm EST / 1:15-2:00 pm AST: LUNCH
1:00-2:15 pm EST / 2:00-3:15 pm AST: Session 3: Regional Needs and Priorities for the 5th National Climate Assessment
This session will provide an opportunity for SCDRP Annual Meeting attendees to learn about the 5th National Climate Assessment and offer input on priorities and content for the Southeast and Caribbean Chapters.
  • Lillian Ramirez Durand, Puerto Rico Sea Grant
  • Allison Crimmins, Director of the 5th National Climate Assessment
  • Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, Scientist; 5th National Climate Assessment, Southeast Chapter Lead
  • Dr. Pablo Mendez-Lazaro, 5th National Climate Assessment, Caribbean Chapter Lead
2:15-2:30 pm EST / 3:15-3:30 pm AST: BREAK
3:30-4:15 pm EST / 4:30-5:15 pm AST: Session 4: Tools, Strategies, and Techniques to Empower Communities for Equitable and Inclusive Resilience Planning
Presenters will share a variety of resources that at-risk communities can use for disaster preparedness and resilience efforts through an equity lens.
  • Kyla Breland, NOAA Disaster Preparedness Program
  • Caroline Lewis, CLEO Institute
  • Ruth Santiago, JD, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • Dr. Kim Waddell, EPSCOR Virgin Islands
  • Frank Niepold, NOAA Climate Program Office
  • Keisha Long, SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
  • Rick Miller, Atlantic Council, Resilience Hub Network Strategy & Florida Initiatives Program
  • Dominica Zhu, The Opportunity Project at Census Open Innovation Labs, U.S. Census Bureau
4:15-5:00 pm EST/5:15-6:00 pm AST: Wrap Up and Virtual Happy Hour
Day 2: January 27, 2022
8:30-9:00 am EST / 9:30-10:00 am AST: Log in and Troubleshooting

9-9:15 am EST / 10:00-10:15 am AST: Welcome and Day 1 Summary

9:15-10:30 am EST / 10:15-11:30 am AST:  Session 5: Extreme Heat Impacts on Health and Communities
Speakers will highlight information and resources addressing the risks of extreme heat, heat impacts to communities, and mitigation strategies and initiatives to address risks.
  • Pamela Berkowsky, Blue Sapphire Strategies
  • Esteban Wood, We Count!
  • Jane Gilbert, Miami-Dade County
  • Neela Ram, City of Atlanta, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Dr. Janice Barnes, Climate Adaptation Partners, Charleston Heat Watch
  • Dr. Greg Guannel, University of the Virgin Islands, Caribbean Green Technology Center

10:30-10:45 am EST / 11:30-11:45 am AST: BREAK
10:45 am-12:00 pm EST / 11:45 am-1:00 pm AST: Session 6: Funding Resilience in Smaller and Underrepresented Communities
Panelists will address the significant resilience needs of smaller and underserved communities and discuss opportunities to fund and support resilience through collaboration, capacity development, and leveraging the work of similar communities.
  • David Johnston, Hamilton Advisors
  • Summer Modelfino, American Flood Coalition
  • Regine Webster, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Dorothy Abreu, PNC Bank, Public Finance, Senior Vice President 
  • Angela Gladwell, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance
12:00-12:45 pm EST / 1:00-1:45 pm AST: LUNCH
12:45-2:00 pm EST / 1:45-3:00 pm AST: Session 7: Managed Retreat and Climate Migration
Presenters will highlight lessons learned from current work on buyouts, retreats, and resettlement, and those we have yet to learn. The discussion will include applications for future climate adaptation strategies and the use of national, state, and local policies to address retreat and resettlement.
  • Dr. Gavin Smith, NC State University
  • Dr. Katharine Mach, University of Miami Rosenstiel School
  • Dr. Wendy Saunders, Earthquake Commission 
  • Dr. Amanda Martin, NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • Carlos Olmedo, Puerto Rico Dept. of Housing
2:00-2:15 pm EST / 3:00-3:15 pm AST: Next Generation Resilience Professionals Discussion
2:15-2:30 pm EST / 3:15-3:30 pm AST: BREAK
2:30-4:00 pm EST / 3:30-5:00 pm AST: Session 8: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate, Disaster, and Community Resilience
This session seeks to increase the implementation and awareness of nature-based solutions and understanding of how, where, and at what scale they are happening. Additionally, we seek to understand efficiencies gained from streamlined permitting and how we can employ nature-based solutions to protect vulnerable and resourced communities.
  • Meredith Hovis, NC State University
  • Dr. Amanda Tritinger, USACE Engineering with Nature
  • Sarah Watling, FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities Program
  • Roberto Viqueira, Protectores de Cuencas
  • Blair Williams, SC Coastal Management Program
  • Rich Brown, Bank of America
4:00-4:30 pm EST / 5:00-5:30 pm AST: Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Download PDF Annual Meeting Package

Become a Meeting Sponsor!

$1,000 - Bronze Sponsorship

  • Includes 1 Individual Registration and 1 Individual Membership

  • Logo and links on meeting materials and the meeting website

  • Recognition as a Bronze Sponsor during the meeting


$2,500 - Silver Sponsorship

  • Includes 2 Individual Registrations and 2 Individual Memberships

  • Sponsor a session: acknowledgment in a session description and meeting materials and recognition during the session as the sponsor.

  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor during the meeting

  • Logo and links on material materials and meeting website

  • One page of marketing materials embedded in the meeting agenda pdf


$5,000 - Gold Sponsorship

  • Includes 3 Individual Registrations and 3 Individual Memberships

  • Sponsor a session: acknowledgment in a session description and meeting materials, recognition during the session as a sponsor, provide input on moderator and provide a 5-minute intro to the session topic

  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor during the meeting

  • Logo and links on meeting materials and meeting website

  • One-two pages of marketing materials included in the meeting agenda pdf

Scholarship Opportunity

Five complimentary Student Registrations and five complimentary Individual Registrations will be offered for the 2022 SCDRP Annual Meeting. These scholarships are for meeting Registrations only.

  • To apply for a scholarship, please include the following application items and submit them in an email to by January 24th, 2022, by 5 pm EST.

    • Your Name, Your Organization or Affiliation, Your City/State​

    • In approximately 500 words, please share with us why you would like to attend the 2022 SCDRP Annual Meeting, what you hope to gain, and what you may be able to take back to apply in your own work. 

Thank you to our Annual Meeting Sponsors!

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