Island Press Events


Understanding Disaster Insurance by Carolyn Kousky | An Island Press book

Understanding Disaster Finance: New Tools for a More Resilient Future

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 1:00pm EST

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters—such as hurricanes, floods, and storms—are on the rise, threatening our way of life and our livelihoods. Insurance, an often confusing and unpopular tool, is critical to recovery from these crises. Yet, as it becomes ever more essential, insurance markets are under stress, many are uninsured, and insurance often seems divorced from efforts to improve the resilience and sustainability of our communities. How can we improve insurance to provide consistent and sufficient help following all disasters? How do we use insurance not just to help us recover, but also to help us prevent disasters in the first place? And how can insurance help us achieve broader social and environmental goals?

Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy at the Environmental Defense Fund and author of Understanding Disaster Insurance, Carolyn Kousky, will present on why traditional insurance markets fall short in meeting the needs of a world coping with climate change and how new insurance and risk transfer markets can help create thriving and resilient coastal communities and ecosystems. 

Thicker Than Water | Island Press

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network 2022 Conference

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00pm MST

A book talk of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis by Erica Cirino

Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of manmade debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea—more like a soup than a floating garbage dump. And, plastic pollution isn’t confined to the open ocean: it’s in much of the air we breathe and the food we eat. In Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis, journalist Erica Cirino brings readers on a globe-hopping journey to meet the scientists and activists telling the real story of the plastic crisis. From the deck of a plastic-hunting sailboat with a disabled engine, to the labs doing cuttingedge research on microplastics and the chemicals we ingest, Cirino paints a full picture of how plastic pollution is threatening wildlife and human health. Thicker Than Water reveals that the plastic crisis is also a tale of environmental injustice, as poorer nations take in a larger share of the world’s trash, and manufacturing chemicals threaten predominantly Black and low-income communities

Making Healthy Places, 2nd Edition edited by Nisha Botchwey, Andrew Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin | An Island Press book

Making Healthy Places: How to Design and Build for Well-Being, Equity, and Sustainability

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 1:00pm EST

Can we design and build places that are beneficial to people’s physical, mental, and emotional health, while also advancing equity and protecting the health of the planet? Yes! 

Join the editors of the book, Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Well-Being, Equity, and Sustainability, together with moderator Dr. Lois M. Takahashi, Director of the USC Price School in Sacramento, for a conversation about how to make that happen. The panel will discuss the relationship of the built environment to equity and health disparities, climate change and resilience, new technological developments in the built environment, and the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This 75-minute session will feature a moderated conversation among our panel of experts and then move into audience questions. Participants of the webinar will: 

  • Learn some of the latest research on health and well-being, equity, sustainability, and resilience related to the built environment.
  • Gain practical information on the role of the built environment in addressing major societal challenges.


  • Katherine Catalano, Deputy Director, Center for Climate, Health and Equity at APHA
  • Nisha D. Botchwey, PhD, MCRP, MPH is the Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota
  • Andrew Dannenberg, PhD, MPH, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle
  • Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH is Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land, and professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health
Place and Prosperity by William Fulton | An Island Press book

On the Park Bench - Author's Forum: Place and Prosperity

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 12:00pm EST

Join author William Fulton, and CNU co-founder Elizabeth Moule, as they discuss Place and Prosperity: How Cities Help Us to Connect and Innovate. Fulton's book distills what he has learned as a pre-eminent writer on urbanism, a planner, former mayor, and academic.

This webinar is available for 1 AICP continuing education credit if viewed live as well as 1 CNU-A continuing education credit if viewed live or recorded.

Understanding Disaster Insurance by Carolyn Kousky | An Island Press book

Virtual Book Launch & Learn with Carolyn Kousky

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 12:30pm EST

Carolyn Kousky, Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy at the Environnmental Defense Fund, and Author of Understanding Disaster Insurance: New Tools for a More Resilient Future will provide an accessible introduction to the complexities -- and exciting possibilities-- of risk transfer markets in the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Kousky will highlight innovative ideas that put risk transfer to practical use solving society's biggest challenges.

Find out more about how insurance can go beyond being a critical foundation for the economy and human well-being but can also be a strong force for social and environmental good!

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