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The Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge: Making Texas Resilient For All

UT Opportunity Forum Presents:

The Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge: Making Texas Resilient For All

Texas' population could nearly double by the year 2050. In the context of extreme weather events, which will bring more floods, more droughts, and more heat, how do we prepare? How do we ensure our state’s resources can support the demands for urbanization, water, transportation options, energy? More importantly, how do we do so equitably and effectively, and ensuring respect for our ecosystem services? Our grand challenge is to make room for academic research that is informed by real-world needs, and for real world solutions informed by academic research. Join us for a conversation on these questions and more, as we discuss how to build resilient and equitable communities over the next 30 years. Lunch will be provided.



Michael H. Young, PhD

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director for Environment Division, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Nicole Joslin, AIA, LEED AP

Executive Director, Austin Design and Development Center

Marla Torrado, PhD

Program Coordinator, Austin Design and Development Center 

Marc Coudert

Environmental Program Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability

Celine Rendon 

Summer 2018 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow

City of Austin Office of Sustainability and UT Student in Environmental Science - Department of Geography & the Environment



Lourdes J Rodríguez, DrPH

Director, Center for Place-Based Initiatives

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School


Lunch Series Co-Sponsors:

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis 

RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, LBJ School of Public Affairs

The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement 

The Graduate Program in Community & Regional Planning 

School of Nursing Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Bridging Barriers Initiative


To read more about Planet Texas 2050, see here:



Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

School of Law, Francis Auditorium - TNH 2.114
727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705

Event Type

Campus & Community, Sustainability

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public






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