Climate Change Resilient,
March 20 - 21, 2015
Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2015, ECHO will inspire multi-organizational, regional teams to produce or further develop specific projects, programs, and plans that engage an enthusiastic community to address social and structural resiliency for flooding and stormwater issues related to climate change. 15 regional teams, consisting of over 150 great thinkers and doers from across sectors will gather on the shores of Lake Champlain to work together in true Vermont environmental tradition to create innovative solutions aimed at:
- Building community engagement that creates social resiliency to natural disaster
- Understanding the links between climate change, a healthy water system, and managing future stormwater events
- Inspiring new behaviors both individually and collectively that will result in a stormwater smart citizenry across Vermont and the Lake Champlain watershed
- Creating new cross sector collaborations that will generate ongoing innovation and planning, resulting in a greater structural resilience to flooding issues.
- Leveraging the strengths of our experiences, future planning, and passion into a model for other communities
The 2015 Leahy Center Environmental Summit, Climate Change Resilient, Floodwater Smart, is based on a simple notion that when it comes to enterprise innovation and integration, there is nothing that brings out the best in human systems, faster, more consistently, and more effectively, than the power of “the whole.” True innovation happens when strong multidisciplinary groups come together, build a collaborative interchange, and explore their different points of strength.
The design of this Summit is not a typical conference; rather, it is intended to be a dynamic, interactive working session. Summit groups, comprised of diverse stakeholders, where all voices across the community are represented, will begin to design and prototype some of the projects and transform their ideas into realities.