Global climate change is loading the dice, making extreme weather events like forest fires and Hurricanes even more intense. Seattle has experienced some of its rainiest and least snowy winters, its hottest and driest summers, and its highest tides on record. Learn from international experts how homeowners, new development and local government all play a role in improving Seattle’s climate resilience.
Thatcher has served as executive director of Seattle Parks Foundation since 2010. The Foundation supports community groups dedicated to creating and enhancing parks and public spaces in neighborhoods across the city. He has founded and led various cultural and civic organizations and is currently the board president of Town Hall Seattle.
Meet Thatcher Bailey, Mami Hara (Seattle Public Utilities), and Uwe Brandes (Georgetown University) as our guest panelists at our next Urban Innovations Speakers Series event, titled “How can Seattle ‘Grow’ More Outdoor Space?” Click here for more information.
Presented by OPCD and Seattle Office of Housing.
OPCD will be hosting Urban Innovations Speakers Series to increase public awareness of global best practices to achieve an integrated approach to planning for livable cities. Topics will include: affordable housing, urban design for community health, community-based resilience, new trends in urban development, and integrated land use, open space, transportation design and sustainability. The series will bring recognized experts to Seattle, joined by local and regional speakers to help ground the series in issues specific to Seattle and the region.
To kick off the series, Sam Assefa and Steve Walker will welcome fellow directors from Vancouver, Portland and San Francisco to discuss their efforts to support more affordable housing. West Coast cities continue to struggle with high housing costs. Low and moderate income housing is difficult to achieve given today’s methods of building and price of land. Yet innovations are under development and the presentations from West Coast cities followed by a panel discussion will identify intersecting strategies that create opportunities to address the challenge. Local experts will share their experiences with innovative public and private strategies being implemented here to address this need.
Are We Victims of Our Own Success? Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle
5:30pm, March 7th, Seattle Central Library