The downtown branch of the Portage Co. Library. (Contributed)

UWSP lecture series will focus on sustainable and resilient communities

Metro Wire  Staff

A series of lectures about the sustainability and resilience issues facing Wisconsin communities will be offered through UW-Stevens Point this academic year.

Offered free of charge, the “Sustainable and Resilient Communities” series is open to the public and those interested in urban planning, climate resilience, natural resource management and energy policy.

The kick-off event will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Portage County Public Library’s Pinery Room. A lecture on “Resilience Planning and Public Policy” will be led by Marissa Aho, director of the Executive Climate Office in King County, Wash. The event will also be livestreamed.

The lecture will focus on frameworks that can be applied to prioritize climate action and climate equity for any community. Aho will explore lessons learned to increase preparedness, mitigation, adaptation and recovery to climate change and other major events, prioritizing the most vulnerable people, places and systems.

The series is hosted by the UW-Stevens Point Department of Geography and Geology and the Center for the Small City in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences within the College of Letters and Science. It is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at UW-Madison.

Additional lectures will be held in spring of next year. To learn more or find the livestream, go to www.uwsp.edu/cols/events/sustainable-and-resilient-communities.