From West Coast to the Gulf Coast: How Regions are Bracing Themselves for a Changing Landscape: Current Events Urban Resilience

A Ticco Virtual Conference Event
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 12:00pm EDT

Across the nation cities are already experiencing real effects related to climate change. From longer wildfire seasons to rising sea levels, our communities need to take proactive steps to prepare themselves going forward. This webinar features practitioners who are working in communities that are already living in a new reality.

Moderator: Amanda Monteith, Freelance Writer and Host of Living with Fire
Amanda Monthei is a freelance outdoor writer, angler, skier, and former wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service. Based on the West coast, she is the host of Living With Fire, a podcast that aims to deepen our understanding of the critical role fire plays in America’s forests, lands and communities. Through Living with Fire, Amanda hopes to explore how humans interact with fire, as well as ways we can better coexist with it in the future. She maintains a particular interest in learning more about the social and environmental impacts of the large, high-intensity wildfires that are becoming the norm in the West.

Panelist: Zelalem Adefris, Catalyst Miami
In her role with Catalyst Miami, Zelalem leads the organization’s policy, advocacy, and community leadership initiatives, focused on building equitable community resilience in Miami-Dade County’s low-wealth neighborhoods. She is additionally a Steering Committee Member of the Miami Climate Alliance. Her previous work experiences include environmental justice organizing at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island and conducting emergency preparedness research at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zelalem holds an MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Brown University.

Chrishelle Palay, the HOME Coalition
In her role as Director of the Houston Organizing Movement for Equity (HOME) Coalition, Chrishelle works to ensure all Houstonians recover from natural disasters in an equitable manner. Prior to leading HOME, Chrishelle was the Southeast Co-Director at Texas Housers where she worked to provide housing/neighborhood development policy analysis and review to local community organizing groups who were addressing major disinvestment and neglect in their communities. Chrishelle holds a B.Arch from Prairie View A&M University and proudly serves on the boards of directors for the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, and the Rhodes School For The Performing Arts.

This webinar was recorded on September 29, 2020 during Current Events - Urban Resilience, a virtual conference hosted by Ticco with support from Island Press. To learn more about this event visit For additional information about Ticco and events like this one visit