Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 – 5:00 pm

Reviewing the Science of Climate Change: Current and Anticipated Effects on Structures and Communities

   Scientific consensus on current climate change effects

      • Intergovernmental panel on climate change

      • Current climate change effects in the Mid-Atlantic

   Forecasting future climate change effects

      • Effects on sea level, weather patterns, extreme weather events

   Effect of actions to slow or reverse climate change

Assessing the Impact of Sea Level Rise on the New York Region’s Built Environment

   Which potential reality do you plan for?

   Revising flood plain maps

   Assessing risks

   Adapting future building plans to sea level changes

Assessing the Impact of Changing Temperature and Weather Patterns

   Understanding the practical impact of annual average temperature changes

      • Impact on structures

      • Impact on landscape, heat island effect

      • Impact on transportation systems and infrastructure

   Adapting future building plans to a changed climate

Studying the Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Structures and Communities

   Study of Superstorm Sandy and other recent weather events

   Forecasting the types and intensities of future weather events

   Current actions to mitigate impacts, preserve structures and protect infrastructure

   Insurance and regulatory impact 

 Adapting Sites and Outdoor Spaces to Withstand Extreme Temperature and Weather Events

   Existing initiatives toward sustainable sites

   Specific strategies for individual sites

   Strategies for communities and municipalities

Adapting New Construction and Existing Buildings to Withstand Extreme Weather Events

   Adapting/revising coastal construction guidelines

   Adapting/revising building codes

   Implementing design strategies to protect new and existing structures



     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     7.0 Contact Hours/PDHs

Building Performance Institute

     3.5 CEUs


     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35) and New Jersey engineers (ApprovalNo. 24GP00000700). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

The Building Performance Institute has awarded 3.5 CEUs for the completion of this seminar.

This event offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael Schwebel, Ph.D., RLA

Monmouth University

Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation SpecialistDr. Schwebel is the community resilience and climate adaptation specialist at the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University (MU), and the climate extension agent for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), as a joint endeavor between the two institutes. Dr. Schwebel’s research and practice areas focus on climate change policy, community outreach and adaptation, and resilience at the local, regional, and state levels. He also teaches classes at Monmouth University in geography, climate change, and policy in addition to his extension roles. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Schwebel developed and instructed several environmentally-based courses at Temple University and Rutgers University. He is a registered landscape architect (RLA) and LEED-accredited professional (LEED AP), specializing in green buildings. Dr. Schwebel earned a Ph.D. degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University, an M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from The John Hopkins University and a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.