Paul Fleming

Climate Resiliency Group, Seattle Public Utilities

Convening Lead Author of the Water Resources Chapter, National Climate Assessment

Speaking At:
Climate Preparedness: What We Know
17 June 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Climate Change

Paul Fleming is the lead for Seattle Public Utilities’ Climate Resiliency Program.  SPU provides high quality, reliable drinking water to 1.4 million people in the Seattle metropolitan area and essential sewer, drainage and solid waste services to City of Seattle customers. Paul is responsible for leading SPU’s climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships.

Paul is an active participant in several national and international efforts focused on water and climate change.  He was appointed by then U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke to the National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee, which is overseeing the development of the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) for the federal government.  He is a Convening Lead Author of the Water Resources chapter, the Sustained Assessment Special Report and a Lead Author of the Adaptation chapter of the NCA.  He is a Past Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), an alliance of ten U.S. water suppliers focused on providing leadership in assessing and adapting to the potential effects of climate change through collaborative action.  Paul is a frequent speaker on water and climate change issues at national and international conferences and is at the forefront of water utility leadership on issues such as adaptation, climate risk and infrastructure management.

Paul is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a participant in the U.S. Spain Council’s Young Leaders Program and American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference.  He has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington.