BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The impact of climate change on local planning
and policymaking in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area
will be the subject of a free public talk April 13 by Himanshu
Grover, PhD, assistant professor of urban and regional planning in
the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and a
specialist in the field.
Grover will speak from 12:30-2 p.m. in 9 Norton Hall, UB North
Campus. Lunch will be served, but reservations for lunch are
required (RSVP to CeppRSVP@buffalo.edu).
Grover says, "Even though reliable scientific data confirms the
increasing rate of climate variability and change due to global
warming, there remains a distinct lack of attention to climate
change in local environmental and development planning.
"One of the major reasons identified for this lack of concern,"
he says, "is the inability of local decision-makers to effectively
understand and use the climate change information available to
Grover will present the results of a recent survey of
decision-makers in Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan region that was
undertaken to ascertain how sensitive they are to issues of climate
variability and change, and if so, what is their focus --
mitigation or adaptation? He will also look at what factors
influence the role of climate variability and change in local
The event is sponsored by the UB Strategic Strength in Civic
Engagement and Public Policy (CEPP), which funded Grover's recent
work in the field through a 2011 CEPP research fellowship.