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POSTPONED - Lehigh Valley Climate Resilience Summit

Thu, 4/16/2020 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA 18034

This event has been postponed

Once a new date has been confirmed, attendees will be contacted. Please contact Leah Wirgau with any questions.




We know climate change is having dramatic impacts on the region, including increased storm events, heat waves, and flooding. What are communities in the Lehigh Valley doing to prepare?

There are several approaches we can take to design, build, and modify our built environments to adapt to these climate impacts, making our region, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and communities more resilient. 

Join us as we discuss opportunities for addressing these challenges, exploring the questions: 

  • How is climate change impacting the Lehigh Valley? 

  • What can we do to make the Lehigh Valley more resilient to these climate impacts? 


We are drawing experts from various industries, including wildland fire and the wildland urban interface, green stormwater infrastructure, MS4 stormwater management, and regional planning to present on this and more. If you are a designer, developer, operator, or consultant in the building industry, a business owner, a community member, work in Lehigh Valley municipalities, or are generally interested in climate resilience, this event is for you! 

Molly Bourne from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will be featured as our keynote speaker, highlighting the work she and her team does to address climate impacts within urban spaces from a natural landscape perspective. Scroll down to learn more about Molly. 

The event will also feature work from Penn State Lehigh Valley students related to sustainability in their courses. 

Light fare will be provided. GBCI CE hours and AIA LUs pending approval. 



  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm | Registration and Networking
  • 3:30 - 3:40 pm | Introduction
  • 3:40 - 4:10 pm | Hazard Mitigation Planning in Lehigh Valley
  • 4:10  - 5:00 pm | Keynote Speaker
  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm | Light Fare and Networking
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Resilience Presentations
  • 6:30 - 6:45 pm | Panel Q&A
  • 6:45 - 7:00 pm | Closing


Event Cost

Member: $20

Non-member: $45 (Want to become a member? Join here!)


POSTPONED - new date will be shared once confirmed


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Meet our Keynote

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Molly Bourne, RLA, ASLA

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA)

Molly Bourne is a licensed landscape architect with 28 years of design experience and a Principal at MNLA in New York City. Molly’s leadership leverages a combination of award-winning design talent with creative collaboration to navigate projects from concept through construction. She has led multidisciplinary teams on high-profile initiatives for waterfront parks and urban revitalization. These projects are recognized for being rooted in their neighborhoods and natural environments. Molly actively fosters the future of design through her work with the ACE Mentor Program for high school students and as a guest critic at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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