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High Tide on Main Street

How can owners of coastal property prepare for rising seas? The coastline has been in the same place for basically all of human civilization, and that’s now changing in very unpredictable and unsettling ways. Oceans will rise faster than in the past, but no one can say how fast that will happen or what’s the best strategy for protecting trillions of dollars in waterfront real estate. 

A week before Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey, John Englander published a book, High Tide on Main Street, predicting such a disaster. A resident of Florida, he is now a consultant to countries and cities on how to build cities that can withstand severe weather changes. Will Travis is a national expert on balancing environmental and economic priorities along the San Francisco Bay and was a top California policy official for nearly 17 years. Kiran Jain is the former chief resilience officer of Oakland and now is an executive at a startup that connects investors with municipal infrastructure projects.

Join us for a conversation about envisioning, creating and paying for a new way of life by the water.

November 15, 2017

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Kiran Jain

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Neighborly

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John Englander

Author, High Tide on Main Street

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Will Travis

Consultant, Sea Level Rise Planning

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One