Changing climate patterns have had considerable impact in Texas in recent years in the form of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, extreme heat.  How are these changes affecting some of the key sectors in Texas as well as the water supply, infrastructure, public resources and vulnerable populations? What are some of the promising strategies that the public, private and non-profit sectors are pursuing to address these problems? What actions can we as individuals take to make a difference?



8:15 registration opens

9:00 Conference begins with SMU Welcome, Interim Provost Harold Stanley

9:10 Sujiro Seam, Consul General France (Houston)

9:20 Mayor Mike Rawlings

9:30 - 10:30 Panel 1: Impact of Climate Change in DFW/Texas

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Panel 2: Climate Change Solutions

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch/Facilitated Table Conversations, Closing Summary


PANELS: TED style brief talks (5-6 minutes for each panelist) followed by conversation (45 minutes) moderated by Ms. Lee Cullum. Q&A session to follow with questions curated by Dr. Robert A. Hunt (Perkins School of Theology).



Panel 1 will focus on the well accepted changing climate patterns experienced in Texas and its economic and social implications - (i.e. focus on adaptation as opposed to mitigation).   It is well established that Texas has been experiencing more heat and changing rainfall patterns (precipitation increasingly packed into short, heavy downpours).

The panel focus will be on areas where the impact of these changes is most significant such as water, food/Agriculture, and pressure on electricity grid.

Dr. Bruce McCarl, Nobel Peace Prize-winning agricultural economist of Texas A & M University

Russell Laughlin, Hillwood Properties

Janette Monear, President and CEO of Texas Trees Foundation



Panel 2 will discuss adaptation solutions, with a focus on highlighting solutions under implementation in the Southwest, Texas and DFW.  Urban agricultural food production,  water conservation efforts, creative approaches to energy management and distribution, and green/sustainable retail products will be explored.

Jill Jordan, Dallas Assistant City Manager in charge of environment and urban agriculture ordinance change

Drew Byrd, Cities & Urban Infrastructure Program Director, Schneider Electric

Garrett Boone, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Container Store


Luncheon Program

Dr. Eva Csaky, Director of Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

Trammell S. Crow, Founder of Earth Day Texas

Patrick Caron, Director General in charge of Research and Strategy, CIRAD


Summary Remarks

Chris Kelley, Communications Director for the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

Sujiro Seam, Consul General France (Houston)