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The Fourth National Climate Assessment warns that the quality of life for residents across the southeast will be compromised as the built environment becomes ever-more vulnerable to increasing temperatures and flooding brought about by a changing climate. Professionals in design, architecture, and historic preservation can be the game-changers needed to support the continued vibrancy and viability of resilient communities amidst rapid environmental change. Victoria Herrmann will discuss her research as a National Geographic Explorer on climate change and cultural heritage adaptation. She will speak about her partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to address the challenges and pathways to engage with on-the-ground capacity building and heritage adaptation in U.S. and U.S. Territory Communities from Alaska to American Samoa. In particular, Victoria will create a space for empowerment on how every person - from preservationists to accountants - can help bridge the gap between research and community action on preserving our history.
Victoria Herrmann is the managing director of The Arctic Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Arctic security research. As a National Geographic Explorer, she traveled across the country in 2016 and 2017 interviewing 350 local leaders to identify what’s needed most to safeguard coastal communities against the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Her current project, Rise Up to Rising Tides, is creating an online matchmaking platform that connects pro bono experts with climate-affected communities. Dr. Herrmann teaches sustainability management at American University and science communication at the University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland.