SEP 26

Climate Action Planning (Part 2): Disaster Preparedness and Community Resilience

This webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative features library and partner organizations on how they have prepared both libraries and communities for the impacts of climate change.

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This panel discussion features practitioners with deep experience in preparing both their libraries, and their communities, for the impacts of climate change. Our panel speaks to traditional disaster preparedness, business continuity planning, community resilience work, and preparing communities for severe weather events and the increased likelihood of food supply interruptions. While libraries are not first responders, they should be connected with the emergency management community and be positioned as part of both the short-term and long-term “first restorer” network as disruptions amplified by climate change happen with more frequency.

Presented by:

  • Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP), Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System (NY), Co-founder/Current President, Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI), and author
  • Keith Adams, Executive Director, New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian,  Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library
  • Sarah Lipuma, Resilience Coordinator, FEMA Region 2 Mitigation Division

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Other webinars in the series

Sustainability 101
Recording now available

Climate Action Planning (Part 1): An Introduction
Recording now available

Climate Justice
Recording now available

Living Our Values Out Loud: Programs that Walk the Talk
Recording now available

Stronger Together: Collective Impact and Climate Action Programming
13 December 2023 (2:00 pm–3:30 pm EDT)


26 September 2023


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Webinar presenter Keith Adams

Webinar presenter Michele Stricker

Webinar presenter Sarah Lipuma