Event

Nineteenth Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee

The CEC wants citizens, NGOs, government and academics to come together to discuss how individual communities across North America are tackling environmental challenges and how policymakers are working to support their efforts.

This year’s meeting will feature three public sessions with Council members on July 11: the first, a discussion with community leaders taking action on environmental issues in their cities and towns; the second, an open dialogue with academics, university students and others interested in North America’s environmental issues; the third, a look at the CEC’s revision to the Citizen Submission on Enforcement Matters process and guidelines. This forum will be open for those who may participate in New Orleans or online via webcast, live blog and social media networks (see right for more details).

Resilient Communities in North America: Joint Public Advisory Committee Workshop

Prior to these sessions on July 9 and 10, the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee will host a special forum and workshop on community and ecosystem resiliency that will be open to the public. Participants will tackle questions related to environmental justice, ecosystem conservation, urban planning and adaptation to climate change. Your ideas and innovative approaches will provide models for how communities across North America can take action.

Resilient Future

On July 9 and 10, 2012, 80 people from across North America gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA to understand and discuss how to make their communities more resilient in the face of unprecedented economic, cultural and environmental change.

Participants were from diverse regions across the continent and represented a broad spectrum of personal and professional backgrounds.

North American Environment Fair

New this year, the North American Environment Fair will be a chance to meet some of the CEC’s community-based project partners, including grant recipients under the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). The fair will be an opportunity to enquire, network, and interact with partners and CEC information, including maps and data from the North American Environmental Atlas. Don’t miss this chance to find out more about cooperative environmental initiatives across Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Related Documents

Where:

New Orleans, Louisiana
United States

When:

10 and 11 July, 2012

Participation:

Public

Contact:

Nathalie Daoust
Director of Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
(514) 350-4310

Recorded Webcast

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Day 1
Resilient Communities in North America

Day 2
Resilient Communities in North America (cont.)

Day 3
XIXth Regular Session of the CEC Council

Agenda

Monday, 9 July 2012

8:00–9:00
Le Salon Pre-Function Area

Registration of Participants

9:00–9:30

Opening and introductory remarks

Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo
JPAC Chair

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer, The Moment

9:30–10:00

Keynote Presentation: “What challenges will we face in our communities?”

Craig Applegath
Founding Member of Resilient City
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10:00–10:30

Group work: Share a story with your table – “How have you personally experienced or witnessed the shocks and stresses that Craig Applegath described in his presentation?”

10:30–11:00

Keynote Presentation: “What opportunities do we have to create resilient communities?”

Craig Applegath
Founding Member of Resilient City

11:00–11:30

Group work: Share a story with your table – “How have you or your community started to respond to these shocks and stresses?”

11:30–13:00
Pelican I & II

Lunch [provided]

13:00–14:15

Panel discussion with Q&A: “What could happen if we don’t act to create more resilient communities?”

Jonathan Waterhouse
Moderator
JPAC member

Madeleine Redfern
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Fernando Aragón
Consultor Externo, Centro Mario Molina
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Dr. Maureen Lichtveld
Freeport McMo Ran Chair of Environmental Policy, Tulane University
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John Hankinson
Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
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14:15–14:20

Instructions for group work

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer, The Moment

14:20–14:30

Table selection by topic of interest

14:30–15:30

Group work: Understanding Resilience

15:30–16:00

Plenary: Sharing from group work

16:00–16:20

Plenary: Topic selection for tomorrow’s work

16:20–16:30

Closing remarks and field trip information

Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo
JPAC Chair

16:45–18:45
JPAC Chair 

Field Trip to the Make it Right Foundation Project

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

8:00–9:00
Le Salon Pre-Function Area

Registration of Participants

9:00–9:15

Introductory remarks

Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo
JPAC Chair

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer, The Moment

9:15–10:15

Panel discussion with Q&A: “How can we create more resilient communities?”

Rodolfo Lacy
Moderator
JPAC member

Orlando Cabrera
CEC Program Manager, Air Quality and PRTR, on CEC work on Improving the Environmental Health of Vulnerable Communities in North America
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Beverly Wright
Founder and Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, on Justice and Equity in the Face of Climate Change
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Argelia Pérez Luviano
Leader of the first Transition Community in Mexico on Transition Towns, New Proposals for Urban Adaptation and Self-sufficiency
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10:15–11:45

Group work: Issues and ideas for community resilience

11:45–12:15

Plenary: Sharing from group work

12:15–13:45
Pelican I & II

Lunch [provided]

13:45–14:45

Group work: Policies and actions for community

14:45–15:45

Plenary: Group work—Sharing and discussion

15:45–16:00

Closing remarks

Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo
JPAC Chair

19:00 – 21:30
Gallier Hall (545 Saint Charles Avenue)

Welcoming Reception and Official Opening of the 19th Regular Session of the Council

Mitchell J. Landrieu
Mayor of New Orleans
Welcoming remarks

 Evan Lloyd
CEC Executive Director
Remarks

Martín Gutiérrez
Chair of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee
Remarks

Peter Kent
Canadian Environment Minister
Remarks

Juan Elvira Quesada
Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources
Remarks

Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency
Welcoming remarks and official opening of the 19th Regular Session of the Council

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

8:00–9:15
Le Salon Pre-Function Area

Registration of Participants

9:15–9:20

Overview and approval of the provisional agenda

Martín Gutiérrez
JPAC Chair

9:20–9:35

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee representatives

9:35–10:40

Report on the JPAC Workshop results

10:40–11:00

Observer’s comments

11:00–11:15

Break

11:15–12:15
Pelican Pre-Function Area

North American Environmental Fair and Networking

12:15–13:45
Pelican I & II

Lunch [provided]

13:45–15:20
La Salle Ballroom A

Council Public Meeting—Healthy Communities and Ecosystems

Martín Gutiérrez, JPAC Chair
Introduction on the conduct/new format of the Session and introduction of the moderator

Troy Ritter
Presentation and discussion on progress in reducing exposure to airborne contaminants in homes in indigenous communities of Alaska
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Enrique Cifuentes
Presentation and discussion on progress in promoting and implementing measures to limit harmful environmental exposures in communities surrounding Lake Chapala
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Lisa Hardness
Presentation and discussion on progress on facilitating action to address climate change adaptation needs in indigenous communities in Canada and the United States
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(Session to include 45-minute public forum exchange with moderator to field questions from the audience and social media)

15:20–15:35

Break

15:35–17:00
La Salle Ballroom A

Council Public Meeting (cont’d) – Dialogue on Community and Ecosystem Resilience

  • Introduction by the moderator
  • University presentations and exchange of views with the Council
  • (Session to include 45-minute public forum exchange with moderator to field questions from the audience and social media)

Payton Wilkins
Community Resiliency Seminars and workshops
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17:00 – 17:30

Report on the SEM Modernization Process and Adoption of Revised SEM Guidelines 

(Session to include a 15-minute exchange with moderator to field questions from the audience and social media)

17:30 – 17:45

Council Session–Closing Ceremony

  • Signing of Council Resolutions and Ministerial Statement
  • Closing remarks, Minister Peter Kent and Secretary Elvira
  • Passing the Torch: announcement of new Council Chair and concluding remarks, Administrator Jackson
17:45

End of Session