Island Press Events


Understanding Disaster Insurance by Carolyn Kousky | An Island Press book

Insuring our Uncertain Future

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 12:00pm EDT

In 2021, the massive Dixie Fire blazed across nearly a million acres in Northern California, torching more than 1,300 homes and other structures. Many people who lost their homes and businesses had no homeowner’s insurance, an increasingly common predicament in California and other fire-prone regions. Areas vulnerable to flooding find themselves with similar challenges, as we recently saw in Kentucky. The recurrence of catastrophic natural disasters is pricing out many at-risk markets from any meaningful coverage. Still, some experts see this dilemma as an opportunity: Insurance can be a powerful tool to shape human behavior and the economy. Some even think that new forms of insurance, built on technological advances in data collection and machine learning, could be one of the most effective ways to protect the planet and make communities more resilient to climate change.

On Tuesday, September 27, at 9 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Eastern, join Annual Reviews, Knowable Magazine and Future Tense for a conversation that will change the way you think about insurance. And, if you can't join us live, please register for access to the on-demand playback delivered to your inbox.

Attendees will learn why disaster insurance is more important than ever for individuals and communities, the risks that climate change poses to disaster insurance as it currently exists, and how new, reinvented forms of insurance could be a positive force for climate resilience and adaptation, helping us to not only recover from natural disasters, but prevent them.


--Emily Underwood, Knowable Magazine


--Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations

--Carolyn Kousky, Environmental Defense Fund: Carolyn Kousky studies disaster insurance markets, disaster finance, climate risk management and policy approaches for increasing resilience. She recently became the associate vice president for economics and policy at the Environmental Defense Fund and previously directed the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of Understanding Disaster Insurance: New Tools for a More Resilient Future.

This event is part of an ongoing series of live events and science journalism from Knowable Magazine and Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.

City Forward by Matt Enstice with Mike Gluck | An Island Press book

City Forward: How Innovation Districts Can Embrace Risk and Strengthen Community

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 1:00pm EDT

Join the Smart Growth Network on September 27 with Matt Enstice, the author of City Forward: How Innovation Districts Can Embrace Risk and Strengthen Community to hear more about promoting a shared goal of equity among companies and institutions with opposing motivations and intentions.

Matt Enstice is the President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., located in Buffalo, New York. In this role, he is leading a pioneering initiative to integrate innovation, health care services, life sciences, clean energy, health and well-being, entrepreneurship, and education in an effort to revitalize the city of Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara region. Matt has led the non-profit organization since its formation in 2002. 

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits (live attendance required). To register, complete and submit the form at the link.

A Road Running Southward by Dan Chapman | An Island Press book

Dan Chapman In Conversation with Tommy Tomlinson

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm EDT

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
United States

Join author Dan Chapman as he discusses his new book A Road Running Southward with Tommy Tomlinson at an in-person event on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 7 pm. Purchase the book and have it signed by the author! 

Dan Chapman is a writer, reporter, and lover of the outdoors. He grew up in Washington DC and Tokyo, the son of a newspaperman and an English teacher. He worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Charlotte Observer, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also reported from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently writes stories about conservation in the South for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tommy Tomlinson is the author of the memoir The Elephant in the Room, about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He’s working on a new book about the Westminster Dog Show. Tommy is the host of the podcast “SouthBound” at WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR news station, and he also does weekly commentaries for the station. He has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has taught at colleges, workshops and conferences across the country. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.

Healing Grounds by Liz Carlisle | An Island Press book

AERO Expo 2022 Cultivating Resiliency

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 11:00am MST

Arrowpeak Lodge
Upper Highwood Creek Rd
Highwood, MT 59450
United States

Early Bird registration is now open! Click the button to reserve your spot at Expo. Your registration fee covers full access to Expo panels, discussions and activities, as well as farm tours, food and lodging.

Scroll down to see details about this year’s Expo agenda, farm tours, workshops, and more. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions:

Thank you, and we hope to see you at Expo!

Keynote speakers include: Liz Carlisle

AERO is honored to welcome Liz Carlisle back again as keynote speaker. She is the author of Lentil Underground, co-author of Grain By Grain, and Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Liz will be sharing wisdom from her latest book, Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming.

Rural Renaissance by L. Michelle Moore | An Island Press book

Rural Renaissance

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 12:00pm MST

Join us for a virtual seminar led by L. Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell, social entrepreneur, and former White House official.

In her new book, Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power, Moore argues we don’t have to wait for new legislation or technologies to begin our work. She has gathered the tools needed to bring the far-reaching benefits of clean power to small communities, particularly in rural America.

In this discussion, Michelle describes five pathways to clean power in rural America and strategies for achieving them.

Moderated by Lauren Withycombe Keeler, assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, this event is in partnership with Island Press, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that shines a spotlight on crucial issues and focuses attention on sustainable solutions.

Dream Play Build by  James Rojas and John Kamp | An Island Press book

Equity and Walkability: Improving Pedestrian Infrastructure in Underserved Neighborhoods (Walkinar II)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 10:30am EDT

National conversations about equity have expanded into the pedestrian realm and have prompted increasing numbers of communities to examine how to improve pedestrian infrastructure in underserved neighborhoods. Nondrivers represent nearly one quarter of the population and yet often are not included in planning and policymaking discussions.

This session will look at how nondrivers are organizing to improve pedestrian infrastructure to better serve people of all ages, as well as those who cannot drive, do not have access to a car, or who cannot afford to own or maintain a vehicle.

The 10 Minute Walk program is an innovative approach to help ensure that all community members have easy and safe access to parks and green spaces. A coalition of mayors and stakeholders is working to achieve universal park access and create an equitable, safe, resilient, and healthy environment for communities to thrive. Tune in to learn more about this great initiative.

Finally, for two decades, Dream Play Build authors James Rojas and John Kamp have been looking to art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up the classic community meeting. They will share their insights, experiences and provide pointers for building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups.


Anna Ziwarts, Director, Disability Mobility Initiative Program

Christina Jang, Technical Assistance Program Manager, Trust for Public Land

James Rojas and John Kamp, Place It!

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits (live attendance required).