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Climate Resiliency

Planning for Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Effects Upon Infrastructure

Aaron Keel, Danyle Hepler, and Lisa Craig

Monday, May 20
Baltimore Theater
11:15 AM

About the Session

This Session will educate attendees on the science and consequences of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise (SLR) on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the National Challenges of managing public responses to these changes.  The session will present a brief overview of the scientific data and interrelationship of Climate Change and SLR and includes a discussion of the economic challenges of Sea Level Rise and including SLR future visioning exercises.  Section II presents a discussion of the role of Resilience Plan for organizations to prepare for and respond to acute and chronic stressors associated with Climate Change and SLR.  Section III will discuss an analysis of the consequences of climate-changing storms and sea level rise upon the maritime archeological and cultural resources of the region and presents a process of stakeholder engagement."  

About the Presenters

Aaron Keel


Moderator and Section II presenter, Aaron M. Keel, AICP, of EnviroProjects, is an Environmental Planner with special expertise in the linear infrastructure and has over 30 years of environmental and planning experience in the Maryland and Delaware region. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning and Geography from Towson University and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He has a nationally certified AICP planner with the American Planning Institute, and is a Certified Wetland Delineator. He has spoken throughout the Mid-Atlantic region at conferences and seminars on topics of environmental and transportation planning.

Danyle Hepler

Section II presenter Danyle Hepler has capitalized on her industrial experience to provide clients with practical solutions from culture shifts to business continuity needs. While strengthening her core background in risk management, she also develops risk-based approaches for resilience, and integrating risk assessment methodologies (failure mode and effects analysis, best practices benchmarking, risk and hazard analyses, and new combinations of approaches to meet client specific need) to assist clients understanding of internal and external risks. Ms. Hepler has a Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity from Boston University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Resource Management with a Minor in Environmental Engineering from Penn State.

Lisa Craig

Section III presenter, Lisa Craig , is the Principal, of The Craig Group and supports municipalities with her expertise in historic preservation, community engagement, resilience planning and local government. Ms. Craig previously served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis, where she headed the Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a national model for resiliency planning. Nationally, Ms. Craig serves as Chair of the Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Committee on the Board of the US International Committee on Monuments and Sites and as a workshop trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.