ULI South Carolina: Urban Resilience Webinar - Living on the Edge Part #1


Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am EDT


Increased flooding, sea level rise and heat conditions have communities across our state scrambling to maintain current conditions and struggling to adapt to new ones.  Our ability to meet the myriad demands of the future will rely in part on our ability to build broad constituencies that work across jurisdictional and professional boundaries to build awareness and foster collaboration so that we can work together to find viable solutions to these seemingly
overwhelming challenges.
Towards that end, ULI South Carolina and the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance are excited to announce a new webinar series “Living on the Edge: A 5-Part Conversation About Urban Resiliency in the
Lowcountry and How We Respond.”
The series will kick off on September 30, 2020, 10am – 11:30am and is free to ULI Members and non-members.


  • Leah Sheppard, is the manager for the ULI Urban Resilience program, which provides ULI members, the public, and communities across the United States with information on how buildings, development, and cities can be more resilient in the face of climate change and other environmental vulnerabilities. She is a contributing author for multiple ULI Publications, including “10 Principles for Building Resilience,” “Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, ” and multiple project briefs on the Developing Urban Resilience website.
  • Greg West, CEO and President of ZOM Living, a Miami-based multi-family developer with active projects throughout the southeast.  Greg is also immediate past Chair of the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council where his work on climate resiliency elevated the dialogue among the real estate industry and the broader business and civic community and led to the execution of multiple resiliency-focused initiatives in Southeast Florida and the Caribbean.
  • Mark Wilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Charleston. As Chief Resilience Officer, his efforts have focused on leading city staff members in developing an implementation plan for addressing the consequences of sea level rise and the various types of associated flooding. 
  • Paul Patrick, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, College of Charleston. As chief of staff, Paul serves as President Hsu’s senior advisor and works on a wide variety of administrative and executive duties, special projects and initiatives involving the President’s office and its priorities. 
  • Dr. Frank Hefner is a Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston. He frequently provides economic analysis on tourism and development issues within the Charleston region. 

Future episodes in this series will include: 

  • October 7, 10am – 11am - Session #2: Life on the Edge: What You Need to Know About Climate & Sea Level Rise 
  • October 22, 10am – 11:30am - Session #3: Adapting Along the Edge: National Best Practices in Coastal Resilience
  • October 27, 10am – 11:30am - Session #4: Embracing & Respecting the Edge: The Path Forward in the Lowcountry 
  • November 12, 10am – 11am –  Session #5: Investing in the Edge: A Changing Financial Landscape
Dates and registration information forthcoming. All webinars will be live on Zoom.

Thank you to the Program Committee. 

Many thanks to the ULI SC Urban Resilience Program Committee members Jack Smith, Nelson Mullins, Steve Dudash, Thomas & Hutton, Diana Permar, Permar, Inc., Jim Hamilton, Kimley Horn, Erin Stevens, Surculus and Mark Wilbert, City of Charleston.