10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Panel 4: Green water-infrastructure in circular cities
Professor in Practice, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Glasgow, U.K.
Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is Professor in Practice, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, U.K., and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. At present she is working on impacts of global changes on water resources, environment, food and societies. Advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD, IDRC and GIZ, she has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and natural resources and environment-related policies. Dr. Tortajada is member of the OECD Initiative on Water Governance; Past President and honorary member of the International Water Resources Association; Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development; Associate Editor of Water International; member of the Editorial Boards and Editor of a book series on Water Resources Development of Oxford University Press; and Water Resources Development and Management of Springer.
Sustainable Business Network
Anna Shipp is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia and has dedicated her career to economic equity and climate resilience. Prior to joining SBN in 2013, Anna empowered opportunity youth through important educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities; worked with people experiencing chronic unemployment or underemployment, providing them with the resources they needed to overcome barriers and regain financial independence; and worked with several local, state, and national parks on multi-stage projects to reduce erosion from stormwater runoff, improve habitat, and enhance visitors’ experience. Anna holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where her academic work focused on urban sustainability.
Director & Co-Founder
Green Infrastructure Center
Karen Firehock, Director and co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC). Karen directs the Green Infrastructure Center mapping and planning for conservation of natural infrastructure from wildlands to downtowns. She also teaches at University of Virginia. She has authored books such as Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-scale Approach and Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World in GIS. She has also worked at the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation and as the Save Our Streams Program Director at the Izaak Walton League of America.