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Building Urban Resilience: Climate-Sensitive Planning in Israel and the United States


Monday, June 27, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 17
NE 37


Climate change is a global challenge. Yet it has a differential effect on different countries, regions and cities. This tension between a universal challenge and local implications demonstrates the need for a comparative approach.

The aim of the event is to discuss ways to increase climate resilience in cities in both the US and Israel, through national policies and local case studies, considering the differences of scale, climate and governance.  

The event will travel between scales and places. It will begin with a macro overview of national / federal policies in Israel and the US, including disaster management, adaptation and mitigation. Then, it will zoom-in on case studies from a city point of view, from Tel Aviv, Nahariya, Hoboken, and more.

This session will highlight the joint partnership between U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Israel Planning Administration (IPA), and the Ministry of Construction and Housing of the State of Israel (MoCH).


The objectives of this event are to;

  1. Strengthen binational relations across sectors;
  2. Share knowledge about policies and programs to increase the resilience of cities; and 3
  3. Promote climate sensitive planning.

Partner Organizations:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Israel Planning Administration
  • Tel-Aviv Jaffa Municipality
  • Penn Institute for Urban Research


  • Ms. Cindy Campbell, Director for International and Philanthropic Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mr. Shahar Solar, Deputy for Strategic Planning, Israel Planning Administration
  • Mr. Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ms. Vered Salomon-Maman, Chief Architect, Deputy Director-General of Planning Division, Ministry of Construction and Housing
  • Ms. Genie Birch, Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Ms. Hagit Naali-Joseph, Director of Strategic Planning, Tel-Aviv Jaffa Municipality, Israel