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Coffee Break – Community-Based Flood Mitigation in University City

October 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

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HOT TOPIC: With it’s proximity to the flood-prone River Des Peres, University City has experienced several flash floods over the years. On July 26, 2022 the region saw 11 inches of rainfall within 8 hour time period, causing historic flash floods in University City and many other parts of the region. After yet another flooding incident, University City residents are working together to chart a path forward. Join us at this coffee break to learn more about the immediate and long-term actions that are being pursued.


Robert E. Criss is Professor Emeritus of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and currently serves on the University City Stormwater Commission. After earning his PhD at Caltech in 1981, he was an isotope geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, then was Professor of Geology at UC Davis, and has been at Washington University since 1994. He is author of Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution (Oxford University Press, 1999) and co-editor of several books including At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods and Water Quality in the St. Louis Region. Dr, Criss has authored over 150 published papers that encompass many scientific disciplines, but 40 of these concern the hydrogeology of Missouri.

Don Fitz received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Texas at Austin and has published research on social and community psychology in multiple professional journals. Dr. Fitz was a research psychologist for 25 years at St. Louis State Hospital. He has taught Environmental Psychology at Washington University and Fontbonne University in addition to many other psychology courses at colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Dr. Fitz produced the show Green Time in conjunction with KNLC-TV in the City of St. Louis for over 20 years. He is on the Editorial Board of Green Social Thought and is Outreach Coordinator for the Green Party of St. Louis. Dr. Fitz also serves on the Board of the University Heights Association.



Need a break? Or a quick face-to-face with your green building community? New thoughts, ideas, and conversation to jump start your day? Join your Green Buildings Are Better community every 3rd Friday on Zoom for a quick (free) coffee break discussing green building and sustainability hot topics with local and national featured guests!
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October 13, 2023
10:00 am - 10:30 am
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