An Interdisciplinary Approach
Arroyo said that the interdisciplinary nature of GCC’s approach and its engagement with other Georgetown units, academic and governmental institutions, and community stakeholders is critical to building policies that diminish the effects of climate change.
“By bringing together leaders from states and communities on the front lines of climate impacts with experts from across Georgetown and other academic institutions, government agencies, and others working on these issues, we can anticipate changes and undertake planning efforts that help minimize human suffering,” Arroyo said.
Roundtable on Managed Retreat
As climate change and rising seas continue to threaten coastal communities specifically, climate experts have identified managed retreat as an adaptive solution to this challenge.
GCC recently welcomed a variety of experts to a roundtable symposium on how to plan systematic migration away from coastlines as a response to rising sea levels and impacts from extreme storms, floods, and erosion.
Their convening built on previous workshops held in other regions and was supported by a grant from the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program, which provides seed funding for interdisciplinary collaboration on environmental issues at Georgetown.
Uwe Brandes, faculty director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and a member of the faculty advisory team for the roundtable, noted how the conference and its support from Georgetown is advancing cutting-edge solutions.
“These are critical issues for the Georgetown Urban & Regional Planning Program, and the GEI grant is ensuring that Georgetown is at the forefront of innovating these local government practices,” he said.