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star Worth 5 GBCI CE hours and 5 AIA LU-HSWs

Community Climate Resilience Workshop - Spring 2019

Thu, 5/30/2019 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Climate change impacts Philadelphia neighborhoods. Resilience matters. 

According to the City of Philadelphia's 2016 Growing Stronger: Toward a climate-ready Philadelphia,  our changing climate shows that residents and infrastructure will be negatively impacted by: 

  • Increased frequency and severity of heat waves
  • Increased frequency and severity of storm events 
  • Flooding and other damage from rising sea levels 

Planning Resilient Communities  

Green Building United and Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) are partnering together once again to present our second Community Climate Resilience Workshop, aimed at increasing knowledge of resilience from the city scale down to the neighborhood level in Philadelphia. Experts will present information on how climate change is impacting communities, what resiliency means and looks like, and how communities can take action. Projects, policies, tools, and other cities will serve as references. 

Check out last year's workshop. 

Join community developers, designers, planners, and government officials as we explore what pathways are being taken to better address increased heating and cooling costs in extreme climate conditions, relief after natural disasters, and the impact of fires/flooding.

Presenters from the City of Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability and Esperanza will discuss the "Beat the Heat" pilot project in Hunting Park, which began in Summer 2018. Speakers from Enterprise Community Partners will discuss their approach to, not only look at how the built environment can be resilient to natural disasters, but to also encourage developers to make design decisions that help build the social structures of their residents through uplifting cultural resilience.

We invite urban planners, project managers, developers, community groups, and any interested community members to participate. No background knowledge or skillset is required - all are welcome! 

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Event is worth 5 GBCI CE hours and 5 AIA LU-HSWs. 



  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Registration and Coffee
  • 9:15 - 9:45 am: Climate Change Overview and Philadelphia Neighborhood Action, Ciara Williams, City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability  
  • 9:45 - 10:15 am: Esperanza and Hunting Park PresentationGabriella Gabriel Páez, Esperanza
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am: Interactive Activity, Ciara Williams and Gabriella Gabriel Páez   
  • 10:45 - 11:00 am: Break  
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Enterprise Green Communities and Resilience Criteria, Krista Egger and Frederick Zindell, Enterprise Green Communities
  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm: Lunch and Networking  
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Interactive Activity, Krista Egger and Frederick Zindell


Event Cost

Member: $10*

Non-member: $25 (Want to become a member? Join here!)

*CDC Members - please use the discount code member15off to receive the $15 discount.

Registration has closed. Contact Leah Wirgau to be added to waitlist. 

Thank You to Our Partner 


Meet the Presenters

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Krista Egger | Enterprise Community Partners

Krista is senior director of National Initiatives at Enterprise. With more than a decade of experience leading energy efficiency and healthy housing initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national sustainability and resilience efforts.  She leverages Enterprise’s Green Communities platform, climate disaster response and preparedness work, and cultural resilience programming to develop and deploy equitable climate resilience solutions for vulnerable communities across the country. 

Prior to Enterprise, Krista directed Advanced Energy’s Affordable Housing business unit which provides building science expertise, programs, and trainings to portfolio owners, utilities, and housing finance agencies. She led the award‐winning guaranteed‐performance SystemVision program as well as consulting services with Habitat for Humanity International, NeighborWorks, utility clients, top builders, and the EPA. 

Gabriella Gabriel Páez | Esperanza

Gabriella is the education and community development manager at Esperanza, which aims to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. Since 2014, she has been leading the community development portions of the Hunting Park 2022 Strategic Plan, part of which aims to enhance open space and protect the local environment.

Gabriel attended high school in Hunting Park after emigrating to the U.S. in 2006. To increase environmental awareness in the neighborhood, Gabriel Paez has been organizing residents to plant trees in their yard and sidewalks, participate in neighborhood clean-ups, and recycle. She’s also promoted the installation of rain barrels and other stormwater management tools in the community.  

Gabriel also leads NeighborCare, a program that funds greening and cleaning projects in the neighborhood. 

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Ciara Williams | City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability 

Ciara is the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability. She previously worked with Mural Arts’ Restored Spaces Initiative where she became an organizer and educator with Trash Academy, a Philadelphia-based collaborative of artists, activists, youth, and residents working together to understand and address the issue of trash through participatory action research and public art.

Ciara is passionate about education, environmental justice,  and self determination. She is especially interested in working with communities most impacted by disinvestment, extraction, and environmental racism. Her current work is a continuation of her experiences organizing around environmental injustices as a youth in her hometown of Chester, PA. 

Frederick Zindell  | Enterprise Community Partners

Frederick is a Program Associate supporting the Climate & Cultural Resilience, the Collaborative Action Grants, and the Green Communities programs for National Initiatives. Prior to this he worked as a Customer Service Manager for IceStone – a sustainable countertops company – where he helped build and implement departmental processes, developed educational programs for industry people, and supported sales through the procurement of leads. During graduate school, Frederick worked for The Climate Group in Hong Kong where he researched Hong Kong's climate change policies and actions. He received his master's degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School.   

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Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation

There are three bus lines that have stops directly across the street from The Discovery Center in front of the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. See SEPTA's website for schedules and directions. 



An Indego bike station is close to event space - view Indego Station Map. 


Car and Parking

The Discovery Center has a dedicated parking lot for those who are driving. Nearby on-street parking is also available. 

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