Fire Across the Pacific: Australia, California and the Climate Crisis - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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Within the context of increased wildfire vulnerability in both Australia and California, this session will examine ways each builds resilience within communities vulnerable to wildfire. Through both theoretical and practice-based lenses, the panel will discuss topics ranging between social capital, stewardship and management practices, WUI policies, insurance, and infrastructure.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of wildfire adaptation and resilient infrastructure planning within the Wildland Urban Interface.
  • Understand of the specific history and causation of Australian bushfires, their parallels with and differences from California wildfires, and the resources, knowledge, practices, and technologies shared between the two.
  • Gain knowledge of risk management, land stewardship, and insurance structures as they relate to establishing resilient and equitable communities within fire adapted landscapes
  • Gain an understanding of the Fire Adaptive Communities, Fire Safe Councils, and the role of social capital in establishing cultural resiliency.

Greg Kochanowski, AIA

Principal / Studio Director

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Greg is a practitioner and educator in the State of California. His work and research seeks to holistically combine the techniques and strategies of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism to explore new initiatives and thinking on resilient environments that create synergies between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development. He has written, lectured, and led education sessions on the Wildland Urban Interface and the recurring fire, flood, debris flow weather cycles experienced in Southern California. This research seeks to engage these unique challenges of climate change within the Southwest United States, Central and South America, and globally.

Molly Peterson

Climate Journalist

KQED Science

Molly Peterson is a multimedia journalist covering climate science and climate-driven disasters. In California she has covered wildfire vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation, and planning issues around sea level rise. In Louisiana she has reported on preparedness and recovery from floods and hurricanes over 15 years. She measured heat in homes and workplaces with sensors to create original data and reporting for public radio stories. She helped grow a NASA-funded citizen climate observation project, ISeeChange. A non-practicing lawyer, she has appeared in The Guardian and on BBC. Her numerous national awards include recognition from IRE for work documenting coastal engineering failures.

Richard Mullane, Affiliate ASLA

Principal / Environment & Communities Sector Leader


Richard is an architect, urban planner and urban designer with close to 20 years of experience working on master plans for major public places and infrastructure. With a Social Science masters in Urban and Environmental management, Richard has worked on complex urban projects across Australia, China, the UK and the US, and is the Global Sector Leader for Hassell's Environment & Communities Sector. Richard led the Hassell team in the Rockefeller-sponsored Resilient By Design project developing resilience plans for the Bay Area, and has since been establishing the practice’s first US studio in San Francisco.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available