Tough Stuff: Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing World

May 15, 2013

(MPC-YouTube/file)

Shifting climate patterns around the world have led to unpredictable and severe weather events, exemplified by record-breaking temperatures and havoc-wreaking storms, such as Superstorm Sandy. The greater Chicago region has experienced its share of variable weather, including drought condi­tions for most of 2012, drastically reduced water levels in Lake Michigan and, most recently, a winter with unmatched high temperatures and no snow for a record-setting 335 days.

Climate uncertainty not only affects our day-to-day activities, but also our region’s underpinnings – the physical and social infrastructure we rely upon to provide us with electricity, clean water, security, and transportation. At this roundtable, MPC begins a regional discussion about how companies, communities and public agencies are working together to create, monitor and continually adapt systems to anticipate and respond to our changing world.

Panelists: 
J. Tyler Anthony, Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations, ComEd
Stephen Konya, Chief of Staff, Ill. Dept. of Public Health
Sybil Derrible, Assistant Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois—Chicago
Recorded live Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Metrpolitan Planning Council.