2021 Workshop

iCAR 2020

iCAR Phase VII: Climate Justice, Social Networks and Equitable Resilience

This 2-day workshop, hosted by the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR), the University of South Florida (USF) and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning (TBRPC) will highlight the eminent scholar Dr. Robert Bullard as the keynote speaker to talk about ‘Confluences of Environmental And Climate Justice: Bringing Diverse Partners Together For Community Resilience’ on Oct 20th followed by a series of panel discussions on October 21st on social networks, social justice and climate resilience. Click here for details.

Event Details: October 20 & 21, 2021

  • Virtual Keynote: 7:30 pm October 20, 2021 - Watch Party at The Edge, USF St. Petersburg campus
  • Regular Sessions (Virtual): 1 - 5 pm, October 21, 2021

Format: Virtual prerecorded and live sessions
Fees: FREE
Agenda: Click here to download
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Instructions to Join Meeting: Detailed instructions to attend a Zoom meeting
Speaker Bio: Click here to read biographies of our speakers


Everyone will be impacted by natural disasters including extreme weather events, flooding and sea level rise (SLR) but not in the same way. Research conducted by the iCAR team has shown that the ability to prepare for and cope with disaster, including flooding, varies from community to community and individual to individual. Resiliency and effective/timely recovery efforts require comprehensive planning at the neighborhood level before and after a disaster occurs. This cannot be done without understanding the unique vulnerabilities and needs of diverse neighborhoods as well as bringing diverse partners to work together to promote community resilience in addition to environmental and climate justice.  

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Provide the community-at-large (including citizens, professionals in the environmental field, NGOs, city, county and federal agencies, political leaders, scholars, students, etc.) the opportunity to learn from Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the premier national experts on issues of environmental and climate justice;
  2. Explore community-level needs for customized information and how they change from community to community as major concerns of communities and access to resources/information vary based upon specific socio-economic backgrounds and levels of biophysical vulnerabilities. Impacts of flooding, SLR and extreme weather events are experienced by affluent coastal communities differently than inland socio-economically marginalized communities. There is a need for customized information and targeted resources to foster preparedness, adaptation and resiliency to flooding, extreme weather events and SLR. 
  3. Explore the vision and implementation plan for resiliency efforts to flooding and SLR (sea level rise) noted in CS/HB 7019: Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience  in the context of fostering equitable resilience;
  4. Develop a concrete Action Plan for addressing the three most pressing issues that communities are experiencing, identified by residents through ‘listening sessions,’ while also creating a structure and road map to continue to address other environmental and climate justice issues in the future.

Key questions and topics that will be explored are: 

  1. How does the confluence of climate and environmental justice impact building community capacity and resiliency?
  2. How does the CS/HB 7019 legislation address equitable resiliency to flooding and SLR?
  3. What roles do digital platforms such as CRIS play in fostering resiliency by collecting data from diverse communities?
  4. What lessons can be learned from the Community Resiliency Survey using Metroquest?
  5. What are the challenges in reaching out to marginalized communities to identify their unique concerns and include them in resiliency planning?

Schedule and Session Links at a Glance

Day 1: October 20, 2021

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

7:15 pm - Opening and Overview of the Workshop : Dr. Rebecca Johns, iCAR Director of Education and Outreach

7:20 pm - Welcome: Dr. Barnali Dixon, iCAR Executive Director

7:25 pm - Introduction to Keynote Speaker Dr. Martin Tadlock, Regional Chancellor, USFSP

7:30 pm - Keynote Address: ‘Confluences of Environmental and Climate Justice: Bringing Diverse Partners Together for Community Resilience’ by Dr. Robert Bullard, Texas Southern University 

8:30 pm - Q & A

9:00 pm - Adjourned

Day 2: October 21, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

1:00 pm - Opening: Dr. Rebecca Johns iCAR Director of Education and Outreach

1:05 pm - Framing the workshop ‘Impacts of Flooding on Equity and Resilience and Community Impacts’: Dr. Barnali Dixon, iCAR Executive Director

1:15 pm - Community Resilience Priorities: CJ Reynolds, TBRPC

1:30 pm - Q & A

1:35 pm - Resiliency Planning – Nowhere to Go: Evaluating Climate Gentrification Scenarios for Southern Pinellas County: Drs. Rebecca Johns & Barnali Dixon

1:55 pm - Q & A

2:00 pm - Challenges Associated with Flooding, Extreme Weather Events and Evacuation: Ms. Amy Polen

2:20 pm - Q & A

2:25 - 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

2:45 pm - Data-Driven Approaches to Analyze Geographic Disparities in Flood Exposure and Community Resilience: Dr. Yi Qiang, USF

3:05 pm - Q & A

3:10 pm - Overview & key findings: Community Resiliency Information Systems (CRIS): Drs. Barnali Dixon and Rebecca Johns

3:35 pm - Q & A

3:40 pm - Overview of CS/HB 7019, the Flood Hub and Related Efforts by USF and FDEP: Dr. Tom Frazer, USF

4:00 pm - Q & A

4:10 pm - Estimating the Economic Impact of Natural Hazards on Shared Accommodation in Coastal Tourism Destinations: Dr. Chen Yin-Hsuen UF

4:25 pm - Q & A

4:30 pm - Role of Personal Networks on Resiliency: Dr. Noriko Tateyama, Kanto Gakuin University Japan

4:45 pm - Q & A

4:50 pm - Wrap up and Announcement of Action Plan Meeting on Nov 10th: Drs. Barnali Dixon and Rebecca Johns

5:00 pm - Adjourned