VAR CEO Terrie Suit attended the NAR Environmental Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 29 and 30.
The conference was created to help Realtors understand and deal with the “wide variety of environmental risks that could impact the real estate industry in the future” especially those related to climate change, water resources, and energy issues.
Keynoted by Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, it featured speakers from organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, EPA, National Institute for Building Sciences, Insurance Information Institute, and FEMA.
Here is the recommended background-information list provided by NAR to attendees:
Adapt, Adapt, Adapt: Market Responses to Climate Change
Terry Anderson – May 5, 2014
Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?
NBC News – April 7, 2014
Ex-Bush official Ridge: Climate change poses ‘a security challenge’
Morning Joe, MSNBC – May 21, 2014
One Year Into Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Limits on Executive Actions Remain Obvious
Bloomberg BNA, June 24, 2014
White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives
The New York Times – July 16, 2014
Climate Adaptation Strategies Gaining Traction Among States, Business
Bloomberg BNA – July 17, 2014
Adaptation Key to Dealing with Climate Change
USA Today – June 4, 2014
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts
Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change – April 9, 2014
The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
The Risky Business Project – June 24, 2014