Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Milwaukee’s Climate Initiative”? on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Kevin L. Shafer, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will discuss how Milwaukee is using different infrastructure approaches to become more resilient to changes in climate and increase energy efficiency, and how fostering local leadership has helped launch these initiatives while building a strong economy.
The webinar will be held on June 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit changingclimate.osu.edu to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
In 2010, responding to severe storms that impacted the Milwaukee region in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District approved a 2035 Vision that has helped them to make significant achievements in the area of climate preparedness and water sustainability. The presentation will outline the steps that the MMSD is taking to meet the goals of this 2035 Vision.
Kevin Shafer, P.E. has been the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District since 2002, and oversees the regional sewer utility for the 1.1 million people who live in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin region. Prior to joining the District, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master’s in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Chair of the US Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council, and currently serves on the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.
Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975, firstname.lastname@example.org