Climate Change in the Caribbean

Climate Change in the Caribbean 2011: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

November 15‐16, 2011

Welcome Event:

Ciudades Cool
People for Nature for People

DAY 1: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN THE U.S. CARIBBEAN

Welcome and Introductions:

Judith Enck, US EPA Region 2 Administrator
David Brown, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Southern Region
Daniel Galan, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Global Climate Change 101 and Possible Future Climate Conditions for the U.S. Caribbean:

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Atmospheric ScientistTexas Tech University

Brief Address: Perspectives from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico:

Jean-Pierre Oriol, Director of the Division of Coastal Zone Management for the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Ernesto Diaz, Director of the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program for the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Consequences of Climate Change in the Caribbean:

Dr. Carlos Fuller, Deputy DirectorCaribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Part 1
Federal Regulations on GHG Emissions; Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives and Strategies:

Paul Simon, US EPA Region 2
Luis Bernal, Puerto Rico Energy Affairs Administration
Phil Voss, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Timothy Shea, CH2M Hill

Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Part 2: Sustainable Materials Management; Green Buildings and Green Infrastructure; Greening the Hospitality Sector:

Mark Lichtenstein, Syracuse University
Fernando Abruna, Founder of Caribbean Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council
Jose Juan Terrasa, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Carbon Sequestration Options (including land management strategies):

Norma Lozada Rosado, Center for Landscape Conservation

DAY 2: HOW U.S. CARIBBEAN TROPICAL ISLANDS CAN ADAPT TO A CHANGING CLIMATE

Welcome:

Sonya Jones, US Geological Survey
Lilibeth Serrano, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Climate Change Adaptation 101:

Russell Jackson, Hazards Specialist at NOAA Coastal Services Center
Carlos Fuller, Deputy Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Linking Federal to Local Efforts, Building Partnerships in the Caribbean:

Bill Gould, USDA Forest Service
Susan Silander, US Fish & Wildlife Service
David P. Brown, NOAA
Pedro Diaz, US Geological Survey

Closing and Call to Action:

Ruperto Chaparro, Director, NOAA Sea Grant, University of Puerto Rico