An Adaptable World Environment

August 21-22, 2024 – Las Vegas, NV

Wildfire Recovery and Resilience: Working Across Silos to Drive Solutions

For over six decades, DRI has tirelessly tackled scientific challenges related to global climate. DRI is unwavering in its commitment to continue this intensive research. But fortifying communities against future devastation requires more than science. It demands the collective resolve of communities: agency staff, elected officials, policymakers, first responders, researchers and scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists and residents working together on measures to advance resilience and adaptability. This is where AWE+ comes into play.

AWE+ A DRI Global Initiative: Adaptable World Environment

2024 Featured Speakers

AWE+ 2024 will transcend the traditional conference structure by empowering delegates, through DRI guidance, to take leading roles in envisioning user-inspired, climate-adapted communities.

The summit will focus on the devastating impacts of wildfires and envision a world where communities can prepare for and adapt to wildfire and its effects. The escalating intensity of wildfire events including post-fire debris flows, flooding, smoke, and other consequences, pose acute human threats and societal costs. The program is a call to action for the urgent need to accelerate the transformation toward resiliency.

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Doug Cannon

NV Energy 

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Dr. Michael Wara

Senior Research Scholar
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Dr. Marcia McNutt

National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Kumud Acharaya in a blue blazer and DRI pin in front of trees.

Dr. Kumud Acharya


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Dr. Stephen Pyne

Emeritus and Regents Professor
Arizona State University 

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Jesse Murray

VP of Electric Delivery & Natural Disaster Protection
NV Energy 

Kara Steeland smiling for the camera in a black suit jacket.

Kara Steeland

Truckee Meadows Water Authority 

Michele Steinberg smiling for the camera in a blue blazer.

Michele Steinberg

Wildfire Division Director
National Fire Protection Association

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Marci Henson

Director, Environment & Sustainability
Clark County, Nevada

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Thom Porter

Former Fire Chief

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Dr. Ilkay Altintas

Chief Data Science Officer, San Diego Supercomputer Center
University of California, San Diego

David Shew smiling for the camera in front of the American Flag in a suit and tie.

David Shew

Fire Administrator
Napa County, California

Jim Lochhead in a suit and tie smiling at the camera.

James Lochhead

Former Chief Executive Officer
Denver Water

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Dr. Sarah McCaffrey

Retired Social Scientist
U.S. Forest Service

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Bruce Yerman

Director of Operations
The Camp Fire Collective

Tamara Wall in a green cardigan and white blouse.

Dr. Tamara Wall

Deputy Director
Western Regional Climate Center at DRI

Thanks to our valued partners and sponsors for supporting AWE+ 2024:

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AWE+ is synonymous with SYNERGY

AWE+ will harness the potential of collective energy to drive changes in policies, practices, technologies, and behaviors.

It is an immersive experience where DRI will assemble and convene a carefully curated cross-section of people committed to breaking out of existing paradigms, engaging in candid conversations, and collaborating in new ways.

This diverse delegation will share ideas and knowledge, and take decisive actions aimed at building communities better prepared for the inevitable effects of global climate events.

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