Welcome to the Levin College of Urban Affairs

Water Resilient Cities Conference

Climate Change, Infrastructure, Economies, and Governance in the Great Lakes Basin



April 21-22: Conference on Best Practices and Research 

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Day 1 (April 21)
8:00 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (Roberta Steinbacher Atrium)
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 – 9:00 am Conference Overview
9:00 – 10:30 am Plenary Session 
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 12:15 pm Presentations: Variations on Conference Themes 
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12:15 – 1:45 pm Lunch (on your own; restaurant list and map on registration table)
1:45 – 3:30 pm
Best Practices Research Presentations (with Discussion):
Session 1A: Systems: Cross Sector, Scale and Time, Dively Auditorium (112)
Session 1B: Decision Support & Feedback Loops, Bonda Board Room (253)
Session 1C: Adaptive Capacity, Sweet Seminar Room (241) 
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3:30 – 4:00 pm Break and Registration for the Levin Forum Program
4:00 – 6:00 pm Levin Forum Program and Water Innovation Keynote Address, sponsored by Eaton Corporation: Hillary Brown, Next Generation Water Infrastructure
6:00 – 6:30 pm Book Purchases and Signing by Hillary Brown
6:30 – 10:00 pm Reception at the Music Box Supper Club, Cuyahoga River (for registered conference participants and guests only)
6:15 PM First bus departs for Reception (North End building Pickup Area)
9:30 PM Last bus from Music Box (drop-offs at Terminal Tower, E. 4th St.,Wyndham Hotel, and Levin College)

Day 2 (April 22)
8:00 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (Roberta Steinbacher Atrium)
8:30 – 10:15 am Best Practices Research Presentations (with Discussion)
Session 2A: Systems: Cross Sector, Scale and TimeDively Auditorium (112)
Session 2B: Decision Support & Feedback LoopsBonda Board Room (253)
Session 2C: Adaptive CapacitySweet Seminar Room (241)
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10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 12:30 pm Break-out Work Sessions (Facilitated)
Session 3A: The Water EconomyBonda Board Room (253)
Session 3B: Water-scapes and the Physical City, Sweet Seminar Room (241)
Session 3C: Governing the Water CommonsUR 25 (Lower Level)
12:30 – 2:00 pm Buffet Lunch (provided) in the Roberta Steinbacher Atrium; Photo Contest Winner
2:00 – 3:15 pm Wrap Up: Strategies for Research & Practice
3:15 – 3:30 pm Next Steps

Keynote and Plenary Speakers


Hillary Brown, FAIA, is Founding Principal of the firm New Civic Works and Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Previously, Brown served as Assistant Commissioner of the City of New York, where she was Founding Director of New York’s Office of Sustainable Design and led publication of the nationally recognized City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. She currently serves on the National Research Council of the National Academies? Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Brown has served on both the national and New York Chapter Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and is a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute (From the Publisher's Website).

Welcome and Opening Plenary 

Elizabeth_GibbonsElizabeth Gibbons, Director, Climate Center, Graham Institute of Sustainability, University of Michigan, and Program Manager, GLISA (NOAA RISA)

Ms. Gibbons holds a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan and has worked in the U.S. and Africa on myriad natural resource management, community, and economic development initiatives. 

John_AustinJohn Austin, Director, Michigan Economic Center and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, where he directed the Great Lakes Economic Initiative

Mr. Austin authored several key Brookings reports that directly shaped the region’s economic development agenda including:"The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region;” “The Vital Connection: Reclaiming Great Lakes Economic Leadership in the Bi-National Great Lakes Region;” Mr. Austin holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in Economics and Political Science.

Carol_HoweCarol Howe, Director, ForEvaSolutions “Sustainable Water Management in a Changing World"

Ms. Howe has over 30 years global experience in the urban water industry; she has comprehensive knowledge of water, wastewater and stormwater service delivery with experience in research, planning, treatment plant operations, and construction management.  Ms. Howe worked with UNESCO-IHE managing the European Union global research project called SWITCH (Sustainable Water Management in the City of the Future). She recently co-authored a report on Pathways to One Water: A Guide for Institutional Innovation for the Water Environment Research Foundation.

Throughout the Conference: 
Exhibit: Thomas F. Campbell Gallery
What Water Means to Me
A photo essay on the value and meaning of water from residents of greater Cleveland.