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Sandy One Year Later: Looking to the Future

What have we accomplished? What have we learned? What do we still need to do?

Date: Oct. 29, 2013, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Venue: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J.

Presented by: Monmouth University, New Jersey Future, Union of Concerned Scientists, New Jersey Recovery Fund

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Hashtag: #PostSandy

The event was livestreamed, and the full archived video is viewable below. It can be followed on Twitter using  the #PostSandy hashtag. All presentations are now available on our SlideShare channel.

On Oct. 29, 2013, the anniversary of the worst natural disaster ever to hit New Jersey, we invite you to join us at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch for a day-long conference to address three critical questions about the Sandy recovery process: What have we accomplished? What have we learned? What do we still need to do?

Distinguished speakers, including former governors James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman and retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will highlight the economic and planning impacts of Sandy and of potential future storms, and will discuss things New Jersey and its municipalities need to be doing in order to be better prepared for the next severe weather event. You’ll have the opportunity to network with local and state officials, residents and community groups, professionals in the fields of land use, infrastructure and environmental science, and representatives from federal agencies, all focused on one thing: how best to rebuild the Garden State after Sandy.


7:45- 8:30 am: Light breakfast and partner displays in Wilson Hall

8:30 am: Welcome and Introductions in Pollak Theatre
(Please note no food or drink is allowed in Pollak Theatre)

  • Peter Reinhart Esq., director, Kislak Real Estate Institute, Monmouth University
  • Paul R. Brown Ph.D., president, Monmouth University

8:50 – 9:30 am: Setup for the day: What’s been accomplished, what’s still to be addressed?

  • Chris Daggett, president and chief executive officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Patrick Murray, director, Monmouth University Polling Institute

9:30 – 9:50 am: Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, former governor, state of New Jersey; 2013-2014 distinguished public servant-in-residence, Monmouth University

9:50 – 10:10 am: Adm. Thad Allen (USCG, retired), former director of relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina

10:10 — 10:25 am: Questions

10:30 – 11:40 am: Session I: Assessing the Risk: An examination of sea-level rise and severe weather events and their economic impacts, and the importance of incorporating future-looking assessments into long-term decisionmaking

  • Andrew Rosenberg, director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists, moderator
  • Tony Janetos Ph.D., director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; professor of earth and environment, Boston University
  • Megan Linkin Ph.D. CCM, natural hazards expert and vice president, global partnerships, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
  • John Miller P.E. CFM CSM, legislative committee chairman, New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management
  • Ben Strauss, vice president for climate impacts and director of the program on sea level rise, Climate Central

11:45 – 1:15 pm: Lunch in Wilson Hall

12:45 – 1:10 pm: Documentary in Pollak Theatre: Storming for the Vote, League of Women Voters of New Jersey. Introduced by LWVNJ Executive Director Kerry Margaret Butch.

1:15 – 2:25 pm: Session II: Planning for the Inevitable: An examination of needs, tools and opportunities for individual towns and the region as a whole as we plan for a more resilient future

  • Peter Kasabach, executive director, New Jersey Future, moderator
  • Lisa Auermuller, watershed/outreach coordinator, Jacques Cousteau Reserve, Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
  • Alyssa Durnien, organizer, Occupy Sandy NJ
  • Nicky Sheats Ph.D., director, Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College
  • Chris Sturm, senior director of state policy, New Jersey Future

2:30 – 3:40 pm: Session III: Designing Differently: An overview of infrastructure and community design innovations that can help both urban and shore communities to withstand the next storm

  • Tony MacDonald, director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University, moderator
  • Christopher Hager P.E. LEED AP, principal/vice president, Langan Engineering
  • Brie Hensold, senior associate; lead planner, Jersey shore, Rebuild by Design team, Sasaki
  • Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer, Public Service Electric & Gas Company
  • Mark Mauriello, former commissioner, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection

3:45 pm: Closing remarks: Hon. James Florio, former governor, state of New Jersey

5:00 – 7:30 pm: Following the conference, please join us at McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch for a cocktail reception supporting New Jersey Future’s Sandy rebuilding work.  More details and ticket information.

Attendance is free but space is limited, so registration is required.

Presented by:

The New Jersey Recovery Fund



Key support provided by:

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Additional support provided by:
Marilyn A. Berry Thompson, chairwoman, MWW Federal Practice


Thank you to our conference partners:

AIA New Jersey
American Littoral Society
American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter
Clean Ocean Action
Climate Central
Fair Share Housing Center
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management
New Jersey Community Capital
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters
New Jersey Work Environment Council
NY/NJ Baykeeper
Operation Hope
Regional Plan Association
Sustainable Jersey
Together North Jersey
Urban Land Institute – Philadelphia Chapter
Urban Land Institute – Northern NJ Chapter

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