Global Climate Change Summit

APA Nevada Chapter


Monday, September 23, 2019
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. PDT

Reno, NV, United States

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Hosted by the College of Business and the Nevada Leadership Program-University Center for Economic Development, the 2019 Global Climate Change Summit will bring together topic experts, faculty, students, policy makers, government officials, industry leaders, and members of the public to discuss how the public sector and the private sector are working to mitigate the impacts of global climate change in Nevada, in the United States and across the globe. Sessions will discuss climate change in Nevada, public and private sector responses to climate change, and how the university plays a role in the study of climate science and public and private sector response.

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Sheshardri Rajagopal

Confirmed Speaker

Seshadri “Shey” Rajagopal received his Ph.D. in Hydrometerology from the University of Arizona and is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute. Dr. Rajagopal’s research interests involve improving our understanding of climate change on water resources. He has worked on many watersheds in the western ... Read More

Greg Mosier

Confirmed Speaker

Gregory C. Mosier, is Dean and Distinguished International Professor, of the College of Business, University of Nevada, Reno. His responsibilities include leadership and administrative responsibilities for 75 faculty, approximately 100 instructors and staff and 3700 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His duties also include the oversight of the ... Read More

Marco Velotta, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Marco Velotta, MS, AICP, LEED Green Assoc. is a member of the City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability and assists with the implementation of the City’s Sustainability initiative. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, Math minor and a ... Read More

Dilek Uz

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Dilek Uz is an assistant professor in the Economics Department of the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an applied microeconomist who specializes in the economics of water and energy. She has a wide array of research interests including the interconnection of economics, politics, and the regulatory landscape of ... Read More

Daphne Hooper

Confirmed Speaker

On March 4, 2015, Daphne Emm-Hooper was appointed Fernley City Manager. She joined the City of Fernley in 2011 as the Administrative Services Manager serving as the Human Resources Director and Risk Manager. In May 2012, she was appointed interim City Manager until February 2013 where under policy direction of ... Read More

Heidi Kratsch

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Heidi Kratsch is the Northern Nevada Horticulture Specialist and Associate Professor with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Her research and extension programs focus on sustainable landscaping and plant production systems. Her primary target audiences include landscape industry professionals, specialty crop growers and the general public within urban ecosystems. Dr ... Read More

Kristen Averyt

Confirmed Speaker

Kristen Averyt, Ph.D. serves as the eighth president of the Desert Research Institute (DRI), where she leads over 450 scientists, engineers, students, and support staff who rank among the top in the world and who are advancing research critical to Nevada’s future and addressing the needs of our ... Read More

Colby Pellegrino

Confirmed Speaker

Colby Pellegrino is the Director of the Water Resources Department for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the agency responsible for the treatment, delivery and management of Southern Nevada’s water resources. The SNWA meets the annual water demands of 2 million residents and 40 million visitors. Pellegrino joined the ... Read More

David Bobzien

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Bobzien was born in Washington, D.C. and holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University, and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in natural resources and public lands policy from Boise State University. David Bobzien was appointed to the At-Large Council Member ... Read More

Tim Brown

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Timothy Brown conducts applied research at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, Nevada. His primary academic interests include wildland fire-climate-weather connections; the wildfire environment; applications development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy; and the interface between science and decision-making. He is Director of the Western Regional ... Read More

Lyndsey Darrow

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Darrow is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR with adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine (Pediatrics) and Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University). She is an epidemiologist with particular interest in the effects of environmental exposures on respiratory disease, pregnancy outcomes ... Read More

Dale Devitt

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Dale Devitt is a soil and water scientist in the School of Life Sciences at UNLV. He obtained his B.S degree (Environmental Science), MS degree (Soil Science) and PhD degree (Soil Science) all at the University of California Riverside. He is the director of the Center for Urban ... Read More

Steph McAfee

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Steph McAfee is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Deputy State Climatologist for Nevada. She works as an applied climatologist and is interested in how climate change and variability impact water resources, ecological systems, and how people go about their daily lives ... Read More

Lynne Barker

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Staci Emm

Confirmed Speaker

Staci Emm has been with the University of Nevada, Reno College of Cooperative Extension for 19 years; the last fifteen years as Extension Educator in Mineral County. Ms. Emm is nationally recognized for agriculture and American Indian Extension programs receiving 5 national awards and senatorial congressional recognition. Teaching efforts with ... Read More

Jeffrey Borchardt, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jeff has a decade of experience in the Planning and Development field with over four years working in both the public and private sector in Northern Nevada. Jeff is currently the Land Entitlement Manager for Toll Brothers working with the both the Land Development and Land Acquisition teams in the ... Read More

Peter Gower, AICP CEP

Confirmed Speaker

Peter Gower, AICP CEP, is an Environmental Planning Consultant with Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. in Reno, Nevada, where he specializes in sustainability, land use, and natural resources planning. Peter serves on the Reno City Planning Commission and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission. As past-chairman of both commissions ... Read More

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