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Liberty, Now and Then Conversation Series: Preempting Fate – Imagining Our Way Through Climate Change

April 20 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From disappearing shorelines to extreme weather events, we are witnessing the environmental effects of climate change in real time. As we look ahead to the future, NLM welcomes Saleem Chapman, Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability; Roland Wall, Executive Director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; and others to lead a discussion that asks: how…and can… we imagine a way forward?  What actions, large or small, can we take to divert our course toward a more hopeful future? Moderated by Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Green Philly, Julie Hancher. 

$15 General Admission, $10 for NLM Members 

Panel Discussion 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Saleem Chapman

Saleem Chapman is the Director of the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Resilience Officer. Previously, Chapman served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability. During this period, he led the development of the City’s first Environmental Justice Advisory Commission and furthered actions to strengthen climate risk considerations in planning and capital investment processes. Prior to his tenure with the City, Chapman amassed an array of experience in urban policy analysis, advancing environmental justice, and sustainable economic development through a decade of experience in multiple roles within the sustainability field.


Julie Hancher is Co-Founder & Editor of Green Philly, a digital media publication that connects people to sustainable solutions. Since 2008, Green Philly is the region’s top source for sustainability news, tips, inspiration and career advice through its website, email, social media and events. In 2016, Hancher created SustainPHL, Philadelphia’s annual sustainability awards and celebrations.

With over 15 years of digital marketing experience, Julie is a frequent speaker and sustainability expert, and has appeared on AJ Plus, WHYY Radio Times, Philly Weekly, Travel & Leisure and more. When she’s not behind a computer, you can find Julie hiking, biking or traveling.



April 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free

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