Climate Equity is Climate-Smart

Webinar Date: 
April 18, 2018


Climate change impacts all of us. However, low-income communities and communities of color are often hurt first and worst. In these communities, climate change is a complicating environmental challenge stacked on top of histories of pollution, disinvestment, and discrimination.
Adaptation professionals across the country hope to leverage investments in climate action for achieving climate equity. But the concept’s incorporation into practice ranges from simply identifying vulnerable populations to engaging and empowering these individuals. This panel poses the questions, “How can we understand and employ the concept of climate equity through a more transformative paradigm in practice? What is the difference between climate equity and climate justice, and why does that matter?”
In a facilitated conversation, panelists will discuss these concepts as it relates to their work. Panelists will debate the merits and weaknesses of institutionalizing these concepts into practice in communities on the ground, as well as discuss best practices in defining, monitoring and evaluating success.
This panel is comprised of a diverse set of professionals involved in the field of climate adaptation through urban greening. Panelists represent experience and expertise in non-profit and public sector work at local to national levels, and across U.S. geographies.


Lida Aljabar (moderator)
Climate-Smart Cities Program Manager The Trust for Public Land
Jad Daley (panelist)
Vice President, Conservation Programs American Forests
Jacqui Patterson (panelist)
Sr. Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program NAACP
Fernando Cazares (panelist)
Climate-Smart Cities – California Sr. Program Manager The Trust for Public Land
Laura Gracia (panelist)
Climate Adaptation Resiliency Enhancement (CARE) Coordinator, Communities for a Better Environment