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Insights and tips from remarkable women leaders and innovators - from business, policy, science, the arts - who are transforming our world - Energy and sustainability - Career advice too.

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Mar 29, 2023

We have now forward looking data, data that allows us to look 30 years into the future and understand how and where we're vulnerable. The different hazards, by the way that we have, are flood, wind, drought, and wildfire. And what we're doing with that is, we're integrating it into the network design and planning processes, as well as the vulnerability modeling for assets that are in the ground today.”

Jessica Filante Farrington on Electric Ladies Podcast

We all experience how we lose power to our homes, businesses, cell phones, etc. in the devastating destruction caused by extreme storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more, including due to the rising impact of climate change. I’ve always wondered what it would take to shore up that infrastructure that undergirds our everyday lives.  Well now a partnership between AT&T, Argonne National Labs and FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency are figuring out how to better mitigate it – and its free for all of us.

Listen to Jessica Filante Farrington, AT&T, Director of Global Sustainability describe the partnership and its new portal, and what it could do for us in this enlightening discussion with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. 

You’ll hear about:

  • How the new ClimRR portal will help cities, companies, real estate developers, and really anyone predict the climate impact in their area for 30 years into the future and increase their resilience.
  • How AT&T will use the portal to shore up its own network so its customers have more consistent cell phone service especially in weather crises.
  • How the new Infrastructure Investment Act funding will make a difference.
  • Plus, insightful career advice, such as…

Don’t be hesitant to jump into the sustainability space because you don't feel you have the technical chops yet. That doesn't mean you don't have to get them, but like don't let it discourage you at the onset. And it can be an advantage because you're often communicating with people who are not climate savvy. And I guess the other piece in terms of how much risk to bring into your life,…During Covid, a lot of us parents became sort of the chief resilience officers of our own household. So, how do we manage all the risk and how do we adapt?... I just feel so passionate about inviting more women and having more women to work with in this space.”

Jessica Filante Farrington on Electric Ladies Podcast

Read Joan’s Forbes article on this new portal here and others related here too.

You’ll also like (some may have been recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio):

  • Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, Schneider Electric Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, on infrastructure to mitigate climate change
  • Anne Kelly, Ceres, on the business community’s take on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
  • Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation in North Carolina, on how transportation improves and integrates with communities.
  • Melissa Modica, Waste Harmonics, on how to manage waste to reduce climate change
  • Michele Wucker, author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.”

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