A Capital Area Symposium on Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies

When:   October 4, 2013
Where:  LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Central Texas Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies: A Capital Area Symposium. This one-day conference will bring Capital Area stakeholders together to identify and assess the shared challenges we face given the specific impacts of climate change in our region. The symposium provides a forum for learning about climate vulnerability in the region and sharing best practices in the area of resilience planning  here in Texas and throughout the U.S. Most importantly, it provides a space for identifying collaborative solutions for making the Capital Area more resilient. For conference agenda details, see Schedule. To register click here.  ($40 regular, $10 students) we encourage you to attend.

The symposium is pleased to bring to Austin some of the brightest minds working in climate change research and adaptation planning today, including keynote speakers Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, and Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center in Washington, DC.

We also encourage you to come to a special evening forum following the symposium. Hosted by The Texas Observer, this free forum will provide a recap of the symposium and facilitate a much-needed public dialogue about climate change resilience in Central Texas. For more on the forum, stay tuned.

The ‘Capital Area’: The symposium defines the “Capital Area” as the 10-county region adopted by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG): Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson.

Not only do these Central Texas counties share in common similar projections for heat, drought, and other climate change impacts, but they have an established history of collaboration across member governments, agencies, school districts, and other regional organizations due to 43 years of coordinated efforts under the auspices of CAPCOG.

The Conference Organizers  – Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies: A Capital Area Symposium is a project organized by LBJ School of Public Affairs MPAff graduate students Stefan Wray and Nora Ankrum, along with Alyssa Burgin of The Texas Drought Project and Sascha Petersen  of Adaptation International and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. For more, see the About page.


Please note that this schedule may change.

Oct 4 2013 – 8:30am to 9:00am
LBJ School Lobby
Oct 4 2013 – 9:00am to 9:15am
Bass Lecture Hall
Oct 4 2013 – 9:15am to 9:45am
Bass Lecture Hall
Oct 4 2013 – 9:45am to 10:45am
Bass Lecture Hall

Break – Oct 4 2013 – 10:45am to 11:00am

Oct 4 2013 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
Bass Lecture Hall

Lunch – Oct 4 2013 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Oct 4 2013 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Bass Lecture Hall

Break – Oct 4 2013 – 2:30pm to 2:45pm

Oct 4 2013 – 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Bass Lecture Hall

Break- Oct 4 2013 – 4:15pm to 4:30pm

Oct 4 2013 – 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Bass Lecture Hall
Oct 4 2013 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
LBJ School Lobby