Press Release — June 04, 2018

JCI Hosts Climate Change Town Hall Meetings During 2018 JCI Conference of the Americas in Miami, USA


5 June 2018, St. Louis, USA – JCI is thrilled to introduce a new segment at the 2018 JCI Conference of the Americas called Town Hall Meetings taking place 7-8 June in Miami, USA discussing relevant and urgent global issues, specifically climate change and resiliency. 

Both Town Hall Meetings are open to the public and will take place the mornings of 7 and 8 June from 10:00–11:00 in the Ashe Auditorium at The James L. Knight Convention Center in Miami, USA. Premiering this segment in Miami—a city whose existence has been threatened by climate change—is the ideal location to unite thought leaders, activists and organizations from across the Americas to join our delegates in a discussion about this global issue that continues to threaten our planets existence each and every day. 

The Town Hall Meetings will feature panels of experts, such as Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County, James Murley, shedding a light on an important issue deserving of our full attention. Our panel will tie in the 2018 JCI Conference of the Americas theme, One Resilient Future, while discussing with our Town Hall guests how we can and must build resilient communities and cities to combat climate change.

The 7 June Town Hall Meeting will present a dialogue on the issues of resilience facing organizations, businesses and governments, while inspiring participants with the innovative actions being taken today. The following Town Hall meeting on 8 June will connect attendees with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to take action on climate change at the grassroots level in their local community. 

Placing emphasis on the importance of these discussions, JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson says, “As we take action against climate change in our organizations, businesses and communities, we have to ask ourselves, 'What more can we do?' We need to build resiliency into our business plans, business models and lifestyles. We need every citizen and every entity taking action. We can't do it alone, but working together, we can make a difference."

The expert speakers and organizations joining these panel discussions on climate change and resiliency include Greg Chavarria, the Assistant City Manager for the City of Hallandale Beach; Caroline Lewis, the founder and Executive Director of The CLEO Institute; Heidi Solba, the Head of Networks at Let’s Do It!; Rita Teutonico, the Associate Dean of Research at Florida International University; and Chief Resilience Officer, James Murley.

Updates on speakers and programming as well as registration can be found at

About JCI: JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 whose purpose is providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change around the world, uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. For more information visit:

JCI Media Contact 

Krissy Durant

Senior Director of Membership Services

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