ULI San Diego/Tijuana - 2021 Resilience Symposium Full Five-Part Series


2021-09-08 - 2021-11-04

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    ULI San Diego-Tijuana will host five unique events on the theme of resilience in our region. By registering for this package, you will purchase a ticket for each event. Click here for tickets to individual sessions. 

    Symposium Sessions:

    Event 1 - Water & Fire: An Introduction

    Wednesday September 8th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., virtual

    The first session will “set the table” on the topic and provide the springboard for all future conversation and presentations. Spencer Glendon will lay the groundwork for the discussion and a panel will discuss key points - especially as it relates to what is happening in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

    Moderator - Yehudi Gaffen, Chairman and CEO, Gafcon

    Keynote Speaker – Spencer Glendon, Probable Futures

    Spencer Glendon is nationally-recognized consultant and speaker. He is working to make the consequences of climate change more vivid, intuitive, and useful. He is a pro bono consultant to many institutions including McKinsey and the Woodwell Climate Research Center. For many years he conducted and directed research at Wellington Management and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Economics.

    Response Panel:

    1. Professor Mark Merrifield, Director, Center for Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD
    2. Garth Nagel (AICP, LEED-AP), Senior Facility Planner, Department of Navy-NAVFAC Southwest
    3. Julia Chase, Senior Resiliency Planner, City of San Diego

    Event 2 –   Building Social Resilience Through Creative Land Use Strategies

    Tuesday September  28th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Barrio Logan College Institute

    Keynote– Sherri Franklin, CEO – Urban Design Center

    Attendees will hear a stimulating keynote on the latest research into how climate change is having magnified effects on communities of concern. Then, our event will break into collaborative working groups in a unique and interactive format to develop industry solutions to proactively addressing the challenges of climate impact as well as inequity between neighborhoods. This program is organized by ULI SDTJ's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.


    Event 3 –   How Innovative Design and Building Technology get us to Net Zero.

    Wednesday October 20th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., virtual

    Moderator – Shaun Sumner, Vice President of Real Estate, Engineering and Facilities, San Diego Unified Port District - Real Estate

    Event 3 will spotlight three unique case studies that provide innovative solutions to infrastructure, building/construction, and design. Each will relate to a different big picture focus of resiliency, followed by time for networking and Q&A.

    Speakers + Case Studies:

    1. Ben Kaiser of Kaiser + Path - developer, Multi-family Portland - Mass Timber construction
    2. Mike Jobes, AIA, Principal, Miller Hull Architects - Del Mar City Hall
    3. Brendan Reed, Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs, San Diego Airport Authority - San Diego Airport, Terminal One


    Event 4 - San Diego River Tour

    Walking tour of the San Diego River with Rob Hutsel, President & CEO of the San Diego River Park Foundation and Wayne Chang M.S., P.E. Start at the Town & Country with an overview and discussion. The tour will focus on the Western 9 – from SDSU Mission Valley Campus to the ocean. 


    Event 5 -  Fire & Water Half-Day Summit

    Thursday November 4th

    MC for the Day: Billy Grayson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and Senior Vice President, Centers, and Initiatives, ULI

    Session One: State of the Region

    Climate Action Priorities

    A moderated discussion among sustainable leaders from San Diego, Tijuana, and other officials. What are the top 3 priorities for the region in the next 5 years?


    1. Terra Lawson Remer, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
    2. Carlos de la Parra, Profesor Investigador, DEUMA, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
      Tijuana, BC, México

    Session Two: Climate Risk & The Bottomline

    A practical look at climate impact effects on access to capital, rising insurance rates and geographic “winners and losers”. The series of ULI/Heitman reports provide the basis to examine ways capital and insurance sources are factoring climate risk into their decision making.

    Conversation with Billy Grayson and Laura Craft, SVP, Global Strategy & Investment ESG at Heitman