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8/25/22 - APA-CMS August Tour: Hot Topic, Cool Sites, Adapting for Climate Change, Part II (CM)

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Following last year's great conversation in partnership with ILASLA on "Designing and Codifying Adaptation to Climate Change" we are following up with a Part II. Part I focused heavily on stormwater management and flooding. This year, we'll look at another deadly impact affecting northeastern Illinois: extreme heat. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details and registration.

This in-person panel discussion and site tour focused on adapting to and mitigating extreme heat and urban heat islands. The panel will discuss site-level design interventions and greening tactics for the landscape architects and policy and planning techniques for urban planners. Following the presentation, we will get up close and personal with Omni Ecosystems landscapes and some nearby projects from the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 4:00-6:00 pm

WHERE: Omni Ecosystems, 4131 S State St, Chicago, IL


  • APA-IL Members: $12

  • ILASLA Members: $12

  • Non-Members: $18

  • Students: $6


  • 2 CM

  • 2 LA-CES Pending


Of course when talking about climate change, one of the best things we can each do is drive less. Consider taking transit to the event- accessible from the CTA train or bus. And if you do need to drive, there is on-street parking. Going to in-person events can be harder than we remembered - give yourself a little extra time to get here, find the entrance, and make your way to the event space. Running late? Don't worry! We will have a slow start with some snacks and socializing as everyone settles in.


Ashish Sharma is the Illinois Research Climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey. He has a graduate faculty appointment in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and as an NCSA affiliate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he holds a joint appointment with the Environmental Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. The focus of his research is on atmospheric sciences and land-atmosphere interactions at a variety of spatial scales (regional through local). He performs targeted climate dynamical downscaling experiments with the overall goal of creating “bridges” between spatial scales. Another aspect of his research involves collaborating across science, engineering, social sciences, and policy to perform collaborative, applied, and translational research focused on reducing vulnerabilities and increasing preparedness in urban environments. He collaborates with cities and institutions to conduct research on environmental issues related to heat, fog, air quality, high-impact weather, and environmental justice topics.

Bradley Roback leads the Sustainability Division, in the Citywide Systems and Planning Bureau of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. In his role, he manages and implements the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy and oversees planning and reviews of developments along Chicago’s Waterways. He serves as one of the lead project managers for We Will Chicago, the first citywide plan since the 1960s. He also oversees research and analysis to support planning and policy development on a variety of topics including open space, city-wide employment, and sustainable development.

Jesse Rosenbluth, Director of Business Development for Green Infrastructure Technical Services at Omni Ecosystems, supports design and trade professionals as they design and construct green infrastructure systems across the country. Jesse has spent over a decade in the field of applied ecology. His career spans work categorizing and assessing wetlands in Ohio utilizing the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands, to leading riparian restoration and watershed education in Oregon with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, to the establishment, management of vegetable and flower farms in Michigan and Illinois, where he achieved USDA Organic Certification via OEFFA, environmental verification through The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, and participated in multiple NRCS's natural resources conservation programs to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and increase wildlife habitat, to working at Omni Ecosystems installing green infrastructure systems throughout the U.S.


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