Panel: Disaster: Adapting to Disruptions and Managing Chaos in Policy and Planning
(Natural Resource Security, Energy and Environmental Policy)

Friday, November 7, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Enchantment Ballroom E (Hyatt)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Leigh Graham, City University of New York
Panel Chairs:  David Konisky, Georgetown University
Discussants:  Saba Siddikki, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Adapting Energy Systems for Climate Instability: Learning from Superstorm Sandy
Elizabeth Wilson, University of Minnesota, TarlaRai Peterson, Texas A&M University, Jennie C. Stephens, Clark University and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, State University of New York, Syracuse

Policy Learning and Political Context: Analyzing Responses to Colorado's Extreme Flood Events of 2013
Elizabeth A Albright, Duke University and Deserai A. Crow, University of Colorado, Boulder

Stakeholder Engagement & Comprehensive Sustainability in Local Government: A Case Study of Ventura County
Andrew Pattison and Manal M. Bahobeshi, California Lutheran University

This panel addresses the potential and perils of stakeholder engagement in sustainability policy and planning at local and state levels in three diverse regions of the United States threatened by climate change: Ventura County, CA; flood-prone communities in Colorado, and the Rockaway peninsula, in Queens, New York. Although the research focuses on three domestic cases, the findings regarding disparities in civic engagement, policy learning, and the prioritization of sustainability outcomes have implications for communities worldwide wrestling with long-term sustainable change.