Sea-level rise expert to deliver keynote at architects convention
By The Star Staff
Prominent oceanographer John Englander, who is the executive director of the Caribbean Center for Sea Level Rise, will be the special guest during the 44th Convention and Annual Assembly of the Puerto Rico Architects and Landscape Architects Association (CAAPPR by its Spanish initials), where he will offer a keynote speech entitled “Designing for 100 Years of Sea Level Rise” to take place on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Conquistador Resort in Fajardo.
This year, the CAAPPR is dedicating its convention to the theme “Architecture and Sea Level Rise,” in order to offer different educational approaches that provide its membership and construction professionals with design alternatives that result in projects that are much more resilient.
A globally recognized authority on the topics of sea-level rise and climate change, Englander is on a mission to help communities adapt to a world whose climate is rapidly changing. With a professional career of over 30 years, he has been CEO of organizations of the caliber of the Cousteau Society and International SeaKeepers.
Englander advises businesses, government agencies and communities on the risks and opportunities due to increased flooding caused by sea-level changes, storm surge and extreme storms, promoting the concept of “intelligent adaptation.”
He is the president and co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Seas Institute. His books “High Tide on Main Street” and “Moving to Higher Ground” are on the bestseller list.