Planet Texas 2050 Grand Challenge

Location: Francis Auditorium - TNH 2.114

Texas’ population could nearly double by the year 2050. In the context of extreme weather events, which will bring more floods, more droughts, and more heat, how do we prepare? How do we ensure our state’s resources can support the demands for urbanization, water, transportation options, energy? More importantly, how do we do so equitably and effectively, and ensuring respect for our ecosystem services? Our grand challenge is to make room for academic research that is informed by real-world needs, and for real world solutions informed by academic research. Join us for a conversation on these questions and more, as we discuss how to build resilient and equitable communities over the next 30 years.

The event is free, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.


Michael H. Young, PhD
Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director for Environment Division, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Nicole Joslin, AIA, LEED AP
Executive Director, Austin Design and Development Center

Marla Torrado, PhD
Program Coordinator, Austin Design and Development Center

Marc Coudert
Environmental Program Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability

Celine Rendon,
Summer 2018 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow
City of Austin Office of Sustainability and UT Student in Environmental Science – Department of Geography & the Environment



Lourdes J Rodríguez, DrPH
Director, Center for Place-Based Initiatives
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School

To read more about Planet Texas 2050, see here:

Event series: Panel Discussion