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Building Resilient Communities in the Age of Climate Uncertainty

In this new climate, humans are going to build and rebuild many structures and whole communities not only due to floods, sea level rise and catastrophic climate-change-driven fires, but also due to population migrations. In the Camp Fire alone, Northern California lost 18,000 buildings.

Each time we build we have the opportunity to be either beneficial to the environment and society or exacerbate the risks and stressors of climate change.

So how can we build in ways that are regenerative, systemic, socially just while cultivating community resilience?

Solutions are being developed in the form of:

    • Carbon sequestering building materials

    • Green infrastructure innovations

    • Agrihoods and food secure settlement design

    • Commons ownership/stewardship structures

    • Innovations in finance and insurance

It is our observation that these solutions are not yet connected and that, if connected, certain synergies and financially-feasible opportunities emerge. This is one of a series of convenings to build this field of beneficial human settlement - building resilient communities while we explore and connect on the generative edge of development innovation.

How can we affect all levels of the industry to not just encompass the “how” or way of building but also how to democratize how properties are acquired and how developments get designed?


The program will start promptly at 6:30pm.

Confirmed Presenters:

This event is for:

  • Program officers/Family Foundations

  • Builders

  • Architects

  • Planners

  • Philanthropists

  • Land Trust/Trust Developers

  • Impact Investors

  • Innovative Farmers

About the presenters:

Massey Burke is a designer/builder who works with natural materials in construction. She advocates for and expands the use of beautiful, natural, carbon-sequestering materials in buildings. Her ecological interests began with wilderness restoration and grew into a decade of hands-on natural construction, and she still thinks of natural building as ecological restoration for humanity. This work in turn has expanded into developing technical information for natural materials: structural research and testing, carbon footprinting, design, and work on building codes for ecological materials.

Letitia Hanke is the Founder & CEO of ARS Roofing and Solar and The LIME Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit which helps create a better quality of life for underserved communities. LIME Foundation recently launched their "NextGen Trades Academy, a 10-week vocational program to teach primarily homeless and underserved youth about the various building trades. A small-town girl from Lake County, California, Letitia entered the roofing industry as a receptionist at a local roofing company, and within eight years, was managing the business. In 2004 she started ARS Roofing, Gutters, and Solar, her very own roofing company, and now employs 25 full-time year-round employees. Letitia is the only female-owned roofing company in the Sonoma, Napa, Marin County area, and has received numerous accolades, the most recent of which was being named the 2017 Entrepreneur of the year by the National 100 Black Women Coalition.

Cassie Cyphers is Clif Bar’s Community and Planet Programs Manager. She joined Clif Bar in 1995 and has built a deep and solid understanding of the Company in her 20 plus years. She moved into her current position in 2010 and continues to apply her institutional knowledge of Clif Bar’s values to the organization through the employee giving and engagement program, CLIF CORPS, philanthropic giving, including financial donations and product donations for employees, sponsorships and natural disasters.

Clif Bar & Company is a family and employee-owned company that crafts nutritious and organic food to feed and inspire adventure and is guided by the Company’s five bottom lines – Sustaining our Brands, our Business, our People, our Community and the Planet.

This event is sponsored by LIFT Economy and ARUP Engineering.