President Joe Biden and Congress have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address environmental injustice, economic inequality, and climate change while preparing communities for the stresses and shocks of increasingly frequent, catastrophic extreme weather.
As Congress negotiates an investment package to support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, this virtual event will explore how the U.S. should move forward with a climate resilience strategy that places racial, economic, and environmental justice at its core and meets the scale of the challenge.
The event will bring together leadership from the Biden-Harris administration and leaders from across the resilience, environmental justice, and climate policy communities to address the administration’s whole-of-government approach to driving forward equitable resilience through agency-level actions, investments, planning, and prioritization.
- Brenda Mallory: Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
- David J. Hayes: Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy; White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
- Candace Vahlsing: Associate Director for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Science; White House Office of Management and Budget
- Mark Chambers: Senior Director for Building Emissions & Community Resilience; White House Council on Environmental Quality
- Xavier de Souza Briggs (moderator): Senior Fellow; The Brookings Institution
- Dr. Beverly Wright: Executive Director; Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
- Yoca Arditi-Rocha: Executive Director; The CLEO Institute
The urgent need to strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change could not be clearer. Extreme and sometimes deadly weather events plagued communities across the country over the summer—from megadrought and wildfires in the West to floods in the East and South to widespread extreme heat. Throughout, these communities continued to experience stresses from a global pandemic and ongoing social, economic, and racial inequity.
Speakers will take stock of progress to date and identify opportunities to implement President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of federal infrastructure and climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities. Speakers will also discuss and identify investments and strategies to support local communities, including those historically left behind, to adapt to and prepare for worsening climate impacts.
Registration is required for this event. Sign up and get more details here.