1A - The Cynical Optimist's Path to Building a Better World: Resiliency

A session at After Superstorm Sandy

Thursday 6th June, 2013

9:00am to 9:30am (EST)

For purposes of this talk, resiliency is understood to mean having a back-up plan, or perhaps intelligently preparing for what might never occur. In a time of uncertain weather, when we cannot reasonably rely on past patterns to predict future occurrences, when macro-climate and micro-climate conditions are evolving and when power, water and communication infrastructures in the USA are of an age requiring attention, what is a cynical optimist to do? Work to achieve the best, and prepare for the worst.
In this talk you will learn about some of the things we should/could be doing in our built environments to maximize our safety and recovery from aberrant or destructive weather. More importantly, you will learn to broaden your problem solving awareness in design and construction. The goal is to improve systems and solutions, increase interdependence and flexibility, and allow responses to changing conditions of use, added external stressors, and volatility of resources and resource pricing.

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Jodi (Anderson) Smits Anderson, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Sustainability Dormitory Authority , State of NY

Ms. Smits Anderson served as Chairman on the Board of the NY Upstate Chapter of the US Green Building Council and currently serves on the national board Chapter Steering Committee. She is a graduate of RPI School of Architecture and has practiced architecture with many firms in the NYS Capital Region as designer and construction administrator. She has also on the committee on "Greening the Executive Mansion, and has spoken at Greenbuild 2009 and at a local TED conference in Albany in 2011

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Time 9:00am9:30am EST

Date Thu 6th June 2013

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