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City to Hold Climate Change Town Hall

Mar 01, 2020 10:15PM ● By DigMB Staff
Manhattan Beach city leaders will hold a town hall meeting on March 2 to discuss what the city is doing to address climate change from a local perspective.

Mayor Nancy Hersman will lead the discussion along with a panel of environmental experts. The forum will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center.

The event is free, but RSVPs are requested.

Discussion topics will include:
  • The effects of sea level rise at the city and region;
  • How stormwater affects the environment;
  • What the city is doing to respond; and
  • How you as an environmental steward can contribute to a sustainable Manhattan Beach and world.
In addition to Mayor Hersman, panelists will include:

Dr. Juliette Hart, director of outreach for the Coastal Climate Impacts Team at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center at USGS. Through this work, she leads outreach and stakeholder engagement, working to connect science with coastal stakeholders.

Stephanie Katsouleas, the public works director for the city of Manhattan Beach, whose work includes implementing environmentally sustainable practices by addressing pollution prevention, waste, pesticide management, stormwater runoff and recycling.

Kim Lewand Martin, an environmental lawyer and founder of Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit.

Dana Murray, a marine scientist and the city's environmental sustainability manager, whose role includes environmental sustainability policies and programs for the city.

Kevin Whilden, a sustainable business entrepreneur and geologist.

Manhattan Beach prides itself as an environmental leader and strives to create a healthy, sustainable, and resilient city, both as a community and as a city government. The city is taking active steps toward being prepared for climate change, sea level rise, extreme high tides, frequency of storm events, and coastal erosion.

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