Solutions for Sustainability and Resilience in a Constantly Changing World | Wilson Center
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Solutions for Sustainability and Resilience in a Constantly Changing World

Webcast available

Webcast Recap

Recent natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. In January of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, the National Council for Science and Environment, and Dow Chemical hosted a workshop on resilience and sustainability. Experts from around the world in both the public and private sectors came together to discuss what steps governments, corporations, and communities can take to adapt to disasters in an increasingly complex, interconnected world.

Papers from this workshop are now highlighted in a special issue of Solutions. Please join select authors and representatives from the Rockefeller Foundation and George Mason University to discuss how urban communities and industrial enterprises can “survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty.”

This event is a part of our “Managing Our Planet” seminar series, which is developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute, and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are planetary in scale and require planetary scale solutions.

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast at (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date).

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @NewSecurityBeat and find related coverage on our blog at

 Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. Please err toward responding if you would like to attend.


  • Roger-Mark De Souza

    Global Fellow and Advisor
    Former Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience
  • Joseph Fiksel

    Executive Director of the Center for Resilience, Ohio State University
  • Alan Hecht

    Director for Sustainable Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Thomas Lovejoy

    Board Member
    Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; Professor, George Mason University; Brazil Institute and ECSP Advisory Board Member
  • Peter Saundry

    Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Lauren Sorkin

    Platform Director for 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation