It will include a lively, interactive discussion of the work on climate resiliency and environmental justice in and around West Atlanta. We will open with an introduction to the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA). Learn from keynote speaker Jacqueline Echols of the South River Watershed Alliance who will present an overview of the benefits and challenges facing Metro Atlanta’s watersheds.
Panel and breakout sessions will explore urban waters, foods, forests, and health will follow Ms. Echol’s talk. Breakout sessions will highlight WAWA’s work in these spaces and spark interactive conversations between elected officials, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, academics, and agency scientists. A focus will be on identifying actionable steps that lead to healthy and resilient watersheds.
A near day-long opportunity for community engagement, education and community development for everyone interested in Metro Atlanta’s unique ecosystems. The Symposium aims to highlight what has been accomplished and the important work that still remains, as well as to foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders to achieve cleaner, greener, healthier, and more sustainable watersheds.
The program will also include presentations of student-led science projects: “Heat Islands in Metro Atlanta.”