Planning Ocean Cities | November 18th, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In this era of climate change and sea-level rise--How can coastal cities around the world innovate and connect to the oceans they border? 
After a documentary film screening of Ocean Cities, participants enjoyed presentations and discussions about climate impacts on the natural and built environment in South Florida.
  • Watch the presentations and discussions here.
  • Watch the documentary, Ocean Cities here.
In partnership with the Treasure Coast Section of APA Florida and the Palm Beach County Planning Congress.
2 AICP CM credits.


1. Introduction (4 minutes) – John Renne, Moderator

2. Screening of Ocean Cities (56 minutes) – Watch the trailer here.

3. Discussion with Professor Tim Beatley and John Renne (10 minutes)

4. Trailer and Overview with  Jonathan  Paine and Ashley Hollern on their documentary, “The Coral Project” which aired on PBS (10 minutes)Watch the trailer here.

5. Presentation by Hank Savitch, Josh Sawislak and John Renne on Protecting South Florida: A Discussion of Sea Level Rise, Property and Regional Planning (15 minutes) Read the report here.

6. Panel discussion with audience Q&A with Tim Beatley, Hank Savitch, Josh Sawislak, Jonathan Paine and his colleague moderated by John Renne (25 minutes)

Presentor Bios

Film host and lead presentor:
Tim Beatley, Ph.D.


Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges.

Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on these subjects, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese), Habitat Conservation Planning, Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and Planning for Coastal Resilience. He has co-authored two books with Australian planner Peter Newman: Resilient Cities and Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning From Sustainable Australian Communities. Beatley’s book Ethical Land Use was declared, by the American Planning Association, to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning”.
Learn more/download CV here.

Hank V. Savitch, Ph.D.

hankHank Savitch is an Affiliate Professor at FAU and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC. He is also Emeritus Brown and Williamson Distinguished Professor at the University of Louisville. Savitch has served in numerous academic posts in France and as a researcher at the prestigious Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme. Other academic appointments include a designation as a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and awards as a Fulbright Scholar in France and Chile. His publications comprise thirteen books and more than 100 articles in journals, newspapers and collected works. His governmental consulting encompasses work with former mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Mayors’ Urban Summit, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and local governments.

Josh Sawislak, AICP

joshJosh Sawislak, AICP, is an internationally recognized expert on climate and disaster resilience and serves as a professional affiliate of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University and the principal of Clio Strategies LLC. He advises governments, corporations, international organizations, and NGOs on building sustainable and resilient infrastructure and business opportunities in both the developed and developing world. His expertise includes the emerging efforts around assessing and pricing climate and disaster risk in financial portfolios and corporate facility assets as well as continuity planning and disaster risk reduction for communities and the private sector. He holds concurrent appointments as Associate of Argonne National Laboratory and as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He previously served as a climate resilience official in the Obama White House and in leadership roles with some of the largest global infrastructure and professional services firms.

John Renne, Ph.D., AICP

johnJohn L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP, is a Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University where he oversees the School’s undergraduate programs. He is currently working on two books, including Resilient Transportation Systems: Policy, Planning and Implementation and Adaptation Urbanism. He has published many articles and reports on the topics of sustainable transportation policy and land use planning. Dr. Renne is the Disasters and Resilience Section co-Editor for the journal Transportation Research, Part D: Transport and Environment.