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Tuesday, January 31 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DRBC Panel Conversation on Climate Planning and Adaptation

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This panel of high-level government leaders will provide updates from their municipal, state, and federal-level agencies on efforts to address climate change. What key climate-related challenges are they facing, and where have they seen success? How are their agencies addressing water equity and environmental justice? What are their climate goals for 2023 and beyond? Be prepared for a lively and interactive discussion. Audience questions are encouraged and may be submitted in advance or during the session by visiting slido.com #1439436.

Panelists include:

Shawn Garvin, Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Shawn M. Garvin joined Governor John Carney’s cabinet in March 2017 as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, leading the agency tasked with protecting and managing Delaware’s natural resources, protecting public health, providing outdoor recreational opportunities and educating Delawareans about the environment.

Secretary Garvin’s career in intergovernmental affairs spans more than 25 years at the federal, state, and local levels. In November 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of Region 3 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), overseeing the agency’s work in the Mid-Atlantic, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Shawn LaTourette, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Appointed by Governor Philip D. Murphy, Shawn M. LaTourette became New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection on June 14, 2021. He had served as Acting Commissioner since January 16, 2021. Commissioner LaTourette is responsible for formulating statewide environmental policy while directing programs that protect public health and ensure the quality of New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources.

Guided by a deep commitment to equity and a professional philosophy that uniting economic development and environmental improvement promotes the public good, Commissioner LaTourette has been regarded as a consensus builder adept at achieving balance among competing priorities. His diverse background — in protecting vulnerable communities, facilitating the development of infrastructure and public works, managing business risk, promoting conservationist policies and advocating for equity — has made him a leading force in policy, program and project development, especially those at the complex juncture of economic development, energy and environmental protection.

Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala, Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is a widely recognized expert on urban sustainability, technology, and mobility. He led the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founded the environmental grantmaking program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, and served as president of the Board of Directors of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He was part of the founding team at Sidewalk Labs—Google’s urban technology startup—and more recently was a senior urban tech fellow at the Jacobs Cornell-Technion Institute. He has provided advice and assistance to a number of foundations and impact investment funds and chaired the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan for the New York region. Aggarwala holds a PhD, MBA, and BA from Columbia University and an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Adam Ortiz, Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3

Adam Ortiz serves as EPA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator where he oversees federal environmental and public health protections in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and seven federally recognized tribes. Working with state partners and local stakeholders, Adam is focused on infrastructure, enforcement, climate change, environmental justice, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Before coming to EPA, Adam was the Director of the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection, where he launched programs boosting recycling, curbside compost collection, building energy efficiency standards, and watershed restoration projects with a focus on equity.

Moderators
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Kristen Bowman Kavanagh

Deputy Executive Director, DRBC
Ms. Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, P.E. is the Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate agency created in 1961 by compact legislation signed into law by President Kennedy and the governors of the four basin states with land draining to... Read More →
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Steve Tambini

Executive Director, DRBC

Speakers
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Adam Ortiz

EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) REGION 3
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Rohit Aggarwala

Commissioner, NYC Environmental Protection/Chief Climate Officer
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Shawn LaTourette

Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
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Shawn Garvin

Cabinet Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control


Tuesday January 31, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)