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May 22, 2023

In episode 185 of America Adapts, we’re highlighting some of the experts and speakers that attended the Innovations in Climate Resilience conference hosted by Battelle.  Conference experts weigh in on topics such as national security, climate risk modeling, public health and climate justice, adapting in the built environment and much more. The three day conference was held in Columbus, Ohio. Experts and practitioners from the private sector, NGOs, federal, state, and local governments all converged to exchange ideas and knowledge. Notably, representatives from the National Labs played a significant role in the conference, showcasing their innovative work in the resilience space. Additionally, the episode features insights from a diverse range of resilience experts associated with Battelle, the organizer of the conference.

•    The role of National labs in climate adaptation.
•    Battelle and their adaptation efforts.
•    National security and climate change.
•    Public health and the emerging need for climate resilience.
•    Emerging sectors in the climate adaptation universe.
•    NEON – National Ecological Observatory Network
•    Computational neuroscience…and climate change?
•    The challenges of reliable climate risk modeling.
•    Infrastructure Resilience.

Experts in this Episode:

•    Lou Von Thaer – President and CEO of Battelle
•    Holly Neeber - CEO at AEI Consultants
•    Dr. Jordan Branham - Senior Climate Risk & Resilience Analyst, Argonne National Laborator Argonne Labs
•    Dr. Paula Mabee - Chief Scientist and Observatory Director, National Ecological Observatory Network
•    Andrew Bochman - INLer & Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Non Resident Senior Fellow
•    Dr. Sweta Chakraborty - CEO, We Don’t Have Time North America
•    Dr. John Balbus - Acting Director, Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, Department of Health and Human Services
•    Melinda Sych - Chief Commercial Officer at Battelle
•    Pranjal Gupta - PhD Candidate - Computational Neuroscience
•    Ashley Nguyen – Student and winner of Battelle Climate Challenge 
•    John Conger - President, Conger Strategies & Solutions
•    Michael Janus - Senior Vice President & General Manager at Battelle
•    Monika Serrano - Resilience Program Manager at Turner Construction 
•    Taylor Dimsdale - Senior Fellow, Climate and Disaster Resilience, Fors Marsh 
•    Lisa Avedon - Marketing and Communications Leader at Battelle

This episode was generously sponsored by Battelle.

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