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Webinar: Driving Change: Understanding Climate Impacts on Campus Transportation
August 31, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDTFree
The continental United States is experiencing an increase in the frequency and intensity of precipitation events which often lead to flooding. In the state of Maryland, between 2006 and 2020, 78% of state highways reported nuisance flooding incidents occurred outside of FEMA’s 500 and 100 year floodplains. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County applied the same analysis to its campus transportation system – UMBC Transit. UMBC Transit covers over 88 miles of roadways and serves around 1,000 individuals daily. The study found that nearly every transit route was vulnerable to experiencing a flooding disruption with 72.5% of the flooding events occurring outside of FEMA flood zones. This session is designed to engage the audience, on the effective use of environmental intelligence, and provide an example methodology for others to utilize and deploy at their home campus. The session will review how to obtain the information, analyze the data, and use the results to catalyze climate action on one’s campus.
Ryan Kmetz, Director of Sustainability, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ryan is a climate resilience and sustainability professional who leverages data and GIS to effectively solve complex problems and tell compelling narratives. He has professionally worked in the sustainability and resilience field since 2012 and have experience with Higher Education, Local & State Governments, NGOs, and Private Industry. He believes in sharing his passion, knowledge, and expertise with others and actively volunteer as a member of Second Nature’s Resilience Working Group, AASHE’s Advisory Committee, the GISCorps, and as community scientist for the Thriving Earth Exchange.
Claire Runquist, Sustainanbility Coordinator, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Claire grew up with a passion for sustainability through working on her family’s organic farm. She earned a Master’s of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland and a Bachelor’s of Arts in both Environmental Studies and Political Science from Macalester College in Minnesota. She’s originally from Iowa, but is now a very enthusiastic resident of Baltimore, where she has spent most of her career. Prior to UMBC, Claire worked at Parks & People, a Baltimore based nonprofit focused on green space and environmental education. Before that, she worked as a waste and sustainability consultant for hospitals, universities, and sports stadiums in the Baltimore area. Outside of work, Claire loves running, baking, spending time with her dogs, and volunteering with several local organizations. She jumps at any chance to travel, and is on a never-ending quest to make the tastiest pizza.
Molly Power, Planner 1, Campus Planning Facilities Management , University of Maryland, Baltimore County
A recent graduate of the Hal Marcus School of Science and Engineering at the University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Management. Throughout her education, she excelled in her environmental policy and GIS curriculum. Before working at UMBC, Molly interned for Habitat for Humanity working to create maps depicting community infrastructure disparity and the need for affordable housing in Escambia County, Florida. As a new addition to UMBC’s Facilities Management team, her focus has shifted from urban planning to campus planning with a continued effort to incorporate environmental policy and advocacy into her work.