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2022 1k Friends Webinar series: Resilient cities are for the birds!

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 12-1pm

The recording is now available on YouTube.

Enhancing ecological conservation within our built landscapes is vital if we are to address the social, economic, and environmental conditions of the 21st Century. One way we can do that, and in the process, build resilience, is to make these landscapes more bird-friendly.

But first, we need to shift our mindset to consider that our built landscapes, including the infrastructure within them, as part of the ecological landscape. This presentation will provide an overview of how we can accomplish that shift in perspective, as well as give tangible examples of how we can make our urban forms more bird-friendly.

Image description: headshot of Alex Halverson

Alex’s experience is rooted in developing systems-based solutions to complex problems, spanning such disciplines as community planning, environmental conservation, and social innovation. Alex understands that social, environmental, and economic issues, and solutions, are inextricably linked. He understands the impact these linkages have made in his native Milwaukee. His passion lies in finding solutions that enhance the financial, social and environmental sustainability of both the built and natural environments, especially in Milwaukee. He’s let this passion guide his work with government and business clients to develop community-enhancing triple bottom line solutions. Prior to coming to his current role as a resilience planner with GRAEF, he started and managed the City of Denver’s Lights Out Program, which was focused on studying patterns of bird collisions in the City, and using that knowledge to make Denver more bird-friendly.

Image description: headshot of Eric Phillips

Eric’s experience is centered around adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change. Renewable energy is an important focus in sustainable development for which Eric has non-profit experience at Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Clean Energy Coalition, in addition to working for Pivot Energy, a national community solar developer. Eric also has experience with sustainable building design working for Meadowlark Builders, a green residential builder in Ann Arbor, MI, and is pursuing his LEED Green Associate accreditation. At GRAEF, Eric has provided land use analysis for a large utility scale solar development in Wisconsin and is currently working on a municipal climate action plan.

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