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Presenter: Dr. Jairo Garcia

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Atlanta, GA

Embassy Suites - Galleria
2815 Akers Mill Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-984-9300

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 4:30 pm

Current and Anticipated Climate Effects on Structures
and Communities

   Changing climate zones
   Changing weather patterns
   Forecasting future climate change effects
   Effect of actions to slow or reverse climate change

Assessing the Impact of Sea Level Rise on Georgia’s Built Environment

   Reviewing scientific projections
   Revising flood plain maps
   Assessing insurance 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 heating, ventilation and air conditioning
   Impact on landscape, heat island effect
   Impact on transportation systems and infrastructure
   Public health impacts

Studying the Impact of Extreme Weather Events
on Structures and Communities

   Study of hurricanes and 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 impacts

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 Retrofitting 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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 PDUs (Public Protection)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 Public Protection PDUs to architects in Georgia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Georgia.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.5 CECs.

This seminar also offers a non-mandatory continuing education opportunity for contractors. It has not been reviewed by any state contractor licensing entity.


Dr. Jairo Garcia

Dr. Jairo Garcia is an expert in urban sustainability, climate change, and sustainability education. Dr. Garcia develops innovative policies and educational programs to make communities and cities cleaner, sustainable, resilient, and equitable. He is the lead author of Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan and led a collaborative effort with more than 40 stakeholders to the 100 Resilience Cities application, awarded to the City of Atlanta in 2016. Dr. Garcia is a member of the Georgia Research Roadmap steering committee, an initiative of the Georgia Climate Project lead by University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Emory University, which has a goal of improving understanding of climate impacts and solutions in Georgia.

Dr. Garcia received the Individual Climate Leadership Award by the EPA under President Obama in 2017. This award recognized Dr. Garcia’s leadership in addressing climate change and engaging organizations, peers, and partners. He represented the Mayor of Atlanta at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, and presented at an event organized by the International Urban Cooperation Programme related to global cooperation to address climate change.

Dr. Garcia’s publications on urban sustainability, climate change, and sustainability education are numerous. His academic experiences include a position as a research assistant for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. His teaching experience includes two teaching assistant positions at Columbia University, a faculty adjunct and thesis advisor position at Concordia University, and an instructor position for the UCLA-Extension program in Global Sustainability. Dr. Garcia holds an engineering degree, an MSc degree in Management of Information Technologies from Syracuse University, an MSc degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability from Pepperdine University.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.