A public discussion on climate change and natural disaster preparedness. What is being done at the City and Federal Level? What can citizens do to help mitigate climate change and to prepare for natural disasters?
About the Speakers:
Amy Stansbury is a environmental reporter and journalist with a thirst for covering energy and local politics. A New Jersey native, she graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2012 and spent a year working as a staff writer for The Evening Sun in Hanover, PA before moving to Austin in the summer of 2013. She has since fallen in love with the city, its strong environmental ethos, and its commitment to renewable energy and climate protection. (And the weather is not half bad either.)
She joined the Austin EcoNetwork team in 2014 and has been serving up important environmental news ever since. As Editor-In-Chief, she now runs the EcoNetwork. When she’s not busy doing that, Amy enjoys long runs along Lady Bird Lake and long swims in Barton Springs Pool. She believes in the power of an informed citizenry and encourages everyone she knows to take a break from the internet cat videos every once and a while to read a news article, get educated, and vote, vote, vote! Amy is your primary contact person for all things EcoNetwork. You can contact her by sending an email to email@example.com.
Zach has been with the City of Austin since 2011 where he manages the Climate Program in the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability. His primary duties include overseeing the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the City organization and community. Prior to the City of Austin, Zach spent 10 years working in the environmental consulting industry, primarily assisting large industrial clients with environmental data management, greenhouse gas inventories, and sustainability planning. Zach holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Group Leader
Michael Thompson is a father, software engineer, product manager and Citizens’ Climate Lobby group leader. Michael is an American who has lived internationally, traveled all over the world, and loves this planet and the humans who live here. Being a resident of Texas, a father of two and a son of parents who have retired to the coast, the challenges of climate change resonate with him directly. Michael is a believer in the power of innovation and technology to solve problems, but recognizes that political will is often necessary before they can be fully unleashed.