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Federal Green Challenge

FGC Webinar: From Fires to Floods and Everything In Between

How Federal Facilities Can Thrive in an Era of Billion Dollar Weather Events

California’s most destructive wildfire in history. Puerto Rico’s devastating hurricane. Oklahoma’s terrifying tornadoes. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2017 the U.S. experienced 16 weather disasters each with losses totaling $306 billion, a new U.S. record shattering the previous 2005 record of $215 billion.

This webinar includes: an insider’s view of NOAA’s U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters report, Federal Green Challenge participants discussing federal facilities and operations that have been subject to costly weather disasters including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, firestorms in California, a five-foot blizzard in Pennsylvania, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and monster tornadoes in Oklahoma. Our brave speakers describe the damage done and their efforts to resiliently rebuild and serve the American people in a new era.

Featured Speakers

  • Adam Smith, primary author of U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters – NOAA, National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Arleen Vera-Perez, Sustainability Specialist, and Carlos A. Cruz-Gonzalez, Chief for the Environmental Regulatory Section and Operations Control Center at Veterans Affairs Caribbean Health Care System in Puerto Rico.
    Webinar Topic: Hurricane María
  • Stanton Florea, Fire Information Officer for U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region.
    Webinar Topic: California Wildfires.
  • Michael Robie, Property Manager for GSA Erie Federal Complex in Erie, PA.
    Webinar Topic: Blizzards.
  • Leenette Wilke, Building Manager at GSA Eastern Service Center in Houston, TX.
    Webinar Topic: Hurricane Harvey
  • Sheila Dimick, Supervisory Property Manager at General Service Administration (GSA) Oklahoma Service Center in Oklahoma City.
    Webinar Topic: Tornadoes

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