Episode 3: Climate change doesn’t stop at the county line with Dan Burger


In the low country around Charleston, S.C, sea level has risen a foot in the last 100 years, and the city itself has gone from 10 significant flooding events each year 20 years ago to more than 50 a year now. Adapting to climate change is front-page news in the Charleston area almost every day. Six years ago, a group of professionals from the worlds of real estate, corporations, academia, government and environmental groups got together to form a regional network to tackle climate change across boundaries — while sustaining the economic growth that has made Charleston such a vibrant place to live and work and visit. Dan Burger, who then worked for the state of South Carolina’s environmental agency, was one of the co-founders of the Charleston Resilience Network, and tells the story of how it came to be, and its power for getting people aligned to tackle climate change locally — where it’s happening. And how other communities can create similar “resilience networks.”


About Dan Burger

Dan Burger is a veteran environmental manager and innovator, having served for over a decade and a half in senior leadership positions in South Carolina’s environmental agency, based in Charleston. Today, Burger is a senior program officer with the Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences, where part of his role is to help coastal communities find effective ways to adapt to climate change and compounding disasters, in part using the collaborative, multi-disciplinary model he helped created in Charleston, the Charleston Resilience Network. He is an honors graduate of McDaniel College and holds a master’s of public administration in urban public affairs from the College of Charleston. He can be reached at dburger@nas.edu.

ABout Charles fishman

Over the last five years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring voices on water issues in the US. He is the author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life & Turbulent Future of Water,” which is the bestselling book about water in the last generation. Fishman has been helping to host the Water Leaders Summit, for The Water Council, since 2016. He has spoken about water at MIT, the United Nations, the headquarters of Hershey chocolate and Unilever, at the US State Department and at the Hague. He has spent his career as a reporter, editor and author. He started as a staff writer for The Washington Post, and has written for The New York TimesThe Atlantic MonthlySmithsonian, and Fast Company magazine, his professional home for the last 20 years.

For further reading

Learn more about the Charleston Resilience Network at www.charlestonresilience.net/.

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