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Climate Change and Resiliency within Remediation

Webinar Hosted by EcoAdapt & the Sustainable Remediation Forum
July 27, 2016 :: 8:30-9:30 am PDT

This webinar (first in a series) will feature highlights of the recent Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) conference on Climate Change and Resiliency within Remediation, including a comprehensive overview of challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the legal and insurance implications. We will also introduce the new SURF Technical Initiative that will evaluate the necessary planning, research and activities to ensure the long term sustainability of site remediation, and examine the benefits of rehabilitated land to strengthen community and ecosystem resiliency. 

Lara J. Hanson, EcoAdapt, Executive Director and Chief Scientist
Implications of Climate Change in Contaminated Site Remediation
Lara Hansen thinks climate change is everybody’s problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly-inclined folks in 2008, where she serves as Executive Director and Chief Scientist. Lara also serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important (and Nobel Prize-winning) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and she is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a U.S. EPA Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, creating the WWF’s international Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program (2001-2008), and a Research Ecologist with EPA (1998-2001). 

William Wick, founding partner of Wactor & Wick LLP
Summary of the Legal Framework for Contaminated Site Liability
Bill's practice is devoted to environmental counseling and litigation, with a focus on assisting clients with all issues relating to contaminated land. Bill has more than 38 years of experience in prosecuting, defending, and serving as an expert witness in environmental cases. Bill served as an enforcement attorney with the EPA for 13 years. During his last six years at EPA, he was Chief of the Hazardous Waste Branch of the Region IX Office of Regional Counsel, developing enforcement policy and supervising the 30 attorneys enforcing CERCLA, RCRA and TSCA. Bill received a B.A. from Northwestern University and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Gregory Schilz, JLT Specialty USA, Executive Vice President and Environmental Leader
Insurance Solutions – Environmental
Greg is a specialist in environmental risk transfer and mitigation, and has provided environmental risk consulting for clients for the last 29 years. He works with clients with a wide range of backgrounds from real estate owners and developers to Private Equity firms providing innovative solutions to assist in the development, and acquisition and/or disposition of assets. He is a pioneer in the structuring of long term liability management solutions utilizing trusts and annuity products. Greg placed one of the first at its time EPP programs (finite/funded cost cap insurance programs). He went on to place at least 50 cost cap policies along with over 2000 PLL polices in his 29 year career, all focused on environmental insurance. Greg received a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State. 

Barbara Maco, Vice President, SURF Board of Trustees
SURF Technical Initiative: Climate Change and Resiliency within Sustainable Remediation (Research Proposal)
Barbara supports private and public sector clients with projects focused on sustainable remediation, redevelopment, and renewable energy generation on impaired lands. At the EPA, she served as a Senior Remedial Project Manager and Greener Cleanup Coordinator, and facilitated the first EPA Memorandum of Understanding with a military service. Her projects have included international and U.S. federal and state  Superfund sites, Brownfields, and military munitions response sites. Barbara served on the scientific committees for both the Third and Fourth International Sustainable Remediation Forums. Barbara holds a B.A. in Ecological Systems and a Masters in Business Administration in Sustainable Management.