Climate Change and Public Health Speaker SeriesBailey Edelstein2023-08-08T16:05:58-06:00
The Summit County Health Department and Woodwell Climate Research Center are hosting a speaker series. The first event is on TUESDAY MAY 9, 2023 from 5:30 – 7 PM at the Blair Education Center at Park City Hospital.
WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE TO DO WITH PUBLIC HEALTH?
The 2023 Summit County Climate Change and Public Health Speaker Series is designed to elevate public health as a critical consideration of climate change action in our community. The first session of the speaker series will highlight how local risks to the natural environment influence public health. Attend the May 9th session to:
Learn how climate change is impacting environmental health in Summit County and beyond
Draw connections between environmental health and human health
Hear national and local perspectives from climate change research experts
5:30 – 5:40 Welcome and Introductions
5:40 – 6:00 Summit County Climate Risk Assessment Presentation (See below to read Summit County’s Climate risk assessment.)
6:00 – 6:40 Guided Panel Discussion
6:40 – 7:00 Audience Q&A
2022 SUMMIT COUNTY CLIMATE RISK ASSESSMENT
The impacts of climate change on the frequency and severity of physical hazards are putting many communities at risk. As the threat of climate change grows, so too does the need for accessible information, tools, and expertise to support climate-resilient decision making for municipalities. The Woodwell Climate Research Center performed this risk assessment for Summit County in 2022, and the report focuses on the risk factors drought, water scarcity, and wildfire. Read the assessment here.
Please reach out to the Sustainability team with any questions or comments:Sustainability Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darcy Glenn, Research Assistant, Woodwell Climate Research Center
Darcy Glenn utilizes climate modeling to provide information to decision-makers about the near-term impacts of climate change as part of Woodwell Climate Research Center’s Risk program. She works with both municipalities and business investors who aim to adapt to the changing climate. Previously, Glenn worked for both Summit County, Utah and Park City, Utah as a Sustainability Data Analyst. She received her MSc in Climate Change from University College London. As an undergrad, Glenn studied physics and math at the University of Vermont.
Matt Yost, Associate Professor Plants, Soils, & Climate, USU
Dr. Matt Yost is a native of southern Idaho where he was raised on a dairy farm. After completing his PhD in Applied Plant Science at the University of Minnesota, he spent 4 years doing postdoctoral research in the Midwestern United States. He is currently an associate professor, associate department head, and agroclimate extension specialist at Utah State University. His research and extension efforts focus on water optimization in agriculture, soil health, precision agriculture, and adaptive nutrient management. He also directs USU crops – a team of 25 Extension faculty conducting coordinated research and outreach that educates and assists thousands of stakeholders each year.
Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist, National Weather Service (retired)
Brian McInerney holds an MS in Forest Hydrology from the University of Montana, and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona Minnesota. He was also the Senior Hydrologist and Climate Change Scientist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah for 30 years. He is now retired, but consults with companies and government entities on the effects of Climate Change. He resides in Park City, and originally hails from Chicago Illinois.
Ben Abbott, Assistant Professor Ecosystem Ecology, BYU
Ben is a professor of environmental science and sustainability at Brigham Young University. He works on renewable energy, global hydrology, climate feedbacks, aquatic ecosystems, wildfire, and air quality. He is particularly interested in science communication and improving our commitment to environmental stewardship. He and his wife Rachel have four children who take after them in their love of animals, TV, and biking.
Dorothy has worked for the Salt Lake County Health Department for over 35 years. She began her career in the Department’s Division of Environmental Health where she spent over 26 years in a variety of programs from Housing and Sanitation to Water Quality and Hazardous Waste. Dorothy is currently the Department’s Associate Director and, in this role, oversees the work of the department’s 4 divisions – community health, population health, clinical services and environmental health. During Dorothy’s time as the Associate Director, she implemented a new fee review process, program evaluation, mapping exercise in Glendale/Poplar Grove communities, was involved in the building of two public health centers and has dedicated a lot of time in reviewing internal processes to improve the department’s program delivery. Dorothy graduated with a degree in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire and obtained her master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.