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Harvesting Natural Resources: The State of Innovation and Current Threats to Quality of Life: Current Events - Urban Resilience
The ways that we harvest, process, and distribute natural resources are heavy contributors to our collective climate burden - not just the use of the product itself. In this session we'll hear from a number of practitioners who are working on-the-ground in communities which hold a substantial reserve of these resources (and therefore face the strong industry presence that go along with it.)

Moderated By:
Meera Bhat, Director, North America Cities Network
The Nature Conservancy

Meera Bhat is the director of the North America Cities Network at The Nature Conservancy and is responsible for the development of urban conservation programs in cities across the United States. Meera came to the Conservancy from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she worked as a program manager, researching the ecology of infectious diseases in diverse settings such as South America, Western and Sub-Saharan Africa, the southwestern United States and Manhattan.

She has been an advocate for urban agriculture and community access to vacant land in New York City since 2010, working with organizations such as the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, Prospect Farm, Five Borough Farm, and 596 Acres.

Meera holds a BS in Mathematics and Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Computational Biology from New York University, and is pursuing an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Sep 29, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Cate Mingoya
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