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NAEP Webinar: Coastal & Climate Resiliency- Multiple Perspectives
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

Coastal & Climate Resiliency—Multiple Perspectives

August 26, 2021 9:00 AM (PT) | 12:00 PM (ET) 

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NAEP is pleased to present a panel discussion on topics relating to coastal and climate resiliency, one of the most important emerging topics in the environmental planning industry. Our speakers will discuss project highlights and success stories among multiple client sectors. Topics will include updates to the FEMA flood mapping program, rebuilding after a Category 5 hurricane and lessons learned from the National Park Service.


Nicolas Frederick, NAEP Coastal/ Climate Resiliency Working Group Chair


Photo of Doug Bellomo. Photo shows a smiling man from the shoulders up standing in front of a white brick wall. The man has short grey hair, a tan suit, light blue shirt, and a dark blue patterned tie.Doug Bellomo, PE

Doug Bellomo is Vice President in the water business line at AECOM focusing in the area of flood risk management and resilience.  Previously Doug served as a senior technical advisor for flood risk management at the US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources working in the areas of Dam and Levee Safety, the National Flood Risk Management Program, coastal flood risk management efforts, and floodplain management services. Before joining the US Army Corps, Doug was the Director of the Risk Analysis Division within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  There he oversaw implementation of several National Programs including the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program, the National Dam Safety Program, HAZUS (a federal risk assessment software application), and FEMA’s Mitigation Planning operations.  Doug is a professional engineer and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering.  He has been working in the fields of flood hazard identification, risk management, emergency management, and mitigation since 1993.

Photo of Dr Rob Young. Photo shows a headshot of a smiling man with short cropped grey hair, a blue gingham shirt, and a black jacket in front of a grey background. Dr. Robert Young
National Park Service

Robert S. Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, a joint Duke University/Western Carolina University venture.  He is also a Professor of Geosciences at Western Carolina University and a licensed professional geologist in three states (FL, NC, SC). The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) is a research and policy outreach center serving the global coastal community.  

Dr. Young received a BS degree in Geology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William & Mary, and an MS degree in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Duke University where he was a James B. Duke Distinguished Doctoral Fellow.  Dr. Young serves on Editorial Boards of the Journal of Coastal Research and Environmental Geosciences.  He currently oversees more than $5.5 Million in grant-funded research projects related to coastal science and management.  He has been awarded Western Carolina University’s highest honor for scholarship (University Scholar Award) and service (Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award).  He is an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Washington State presented him an award for Excellence in Environmental Education and Diversity in Action for his work with science education in Native American communities.  And, he was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year where he worked on the development of coastal management planning along the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. The North Carolina Coastal Federation presented him with the Pelican Award for Coastal Stewardship.

Dr. Young is a frequent contributor to the popular media. He has written numerous articles for outlets like the New York Times, USA Today, Architectural Record, the Houston Chronicle, and the Raleigh News and Observer, among others.  He regularly appears on programs like PBS Now, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, National Public Radio, and many others.  He is co-author of two books, The Rising Sea and co-editor of Geologic Monitoring, both released in 2009.  Finally, Dr. Young has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures on coastal issues. He currently serves the State of South Carolina as a member of the Governor’s Flood Commission and the State of Virginia on the Technical Advisory Committee for the state’s Coastal Master Plan.

He is leading a major project for the National Park Service to identify the vulnerability of all coastal park assets to coastal storms, erosion, and sea-level rise for the purpose of adaptation planning.

Photo of Hollie Schmidt standing in front of green foliage. Photo shows a headshot of a smiling woman with shoulder length brown hair, a pearl necklace, and a black top. Hollie Schmidt,
Advance Planning Group - Jacobs

Task Lead for the Tyndall Air Force Base Rebuild Program. In her role at Tyndall AFB, Hollie facilitated stakeholder engagement and outreach, served as the on-site coordinator and led a 200+ person, multi-disciplinary technical team while championing resilient and sustainable solutions. She led the infrastructure strategy, updates to the Installation Facilities Standards (IFS), and the integrated land management approach for the reconstruction of Tyndall AFB.

Hollie Schmidt is the Director of the Resilience + Sustainability Business Advisory with the Advance Planning Group at Jacobs. She is a landscape architect with 26 years experience specializing in strategic planning and executive-level decision facilitation for private and public sector clients.  She leads large-scale, complex mega-projects facilitating diverse teams of city and community planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and the full spectrum of technical and engineering experts.  


NAEP / ACRA Members: $75 | NAEP Student Members: Free
Chapter Members: $125 | Non-members: $140

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