Metro Talks Speaker Series

Our Metro Talks Speaker Series - always open to the public - feature top experts from California and around-the-world who discuss issues like the devastating wildfires, sea level rise, the housing crisis, the future of transportation, and more.

Metro Talk: Learning from the North Bay Wildfires

Panel: Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane & BAAQMD Staff
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
On October 8, 2017, multiple small fires erupted in Sonoma and Napa counties. Fueled by strong winds and extreme fire conditions, these North Bay fires ultimately burned more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 8,900 structures and killed 43 people.
This Metro Talks featured Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Supervisor, who spoke to the devastating experience and aftermath of the fires. Other speakers included Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) staff including Dr. Judith Cutino, Lisa Fasano, Wayne Kino and Eric Stevenson
who provided an account of air quality impacts from the North Bay fires – disaster related air quality and public health concerns in the Bay Area, and how this experience informs our response to future regional disasters from conducting public messaging during a disaster to the ongoing recovery effort.

Metro Talk: Three Perspectives on Resilience

Panel: Henk Ovink, Rupal Sanghvi & Cathy Simon
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
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This special edition of the Metro Talks series featured three design experts participating in the “Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge,” a collaborative research and design project to help make the Bay Area more resilient to the impacts of climate change - including sea level rise and flooding.
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of Netherlands, Rupal Sanghvi, Founder of HealthxDesign, and Cathy Simon, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, shared insights into how the Bay Area can navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead in local and regional resilience building. The panel weaved professional and personal stories into the discussion on what resilience means, and why it matters.

Metro Talks: The Yin-Yang of Housing Affordability and Development in the Bay Area

Panel: Ralph McLaughlin
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

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