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Weathering Change Webinar Series Returns: Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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This webinar is part of the series: Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  For more information on this webinar series,visit our website.

To watch any past webinars, visit this page: Upcoming and Past Webinars


Equitable Adaptation: Collaborating for Resilience

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Climate change impacts disproportionately affect the low-income and communities of color, those with the least resources to prepare, sustain and recover from extreme events.  How can municipal and county decision makers and civic leaders support social cohesion, and promote effective engagement with all community members, especially those that are most likely to be impacted?  This webinar will cover:

  • Tips for promoting effective engagement with community-based organizations and historically marginalized populations
  • Useful methods for building equity into resilience and adaptation planning and implementation.

PRESENTERS:

Damaris Reyes, Executive Director, Good Old Lower East Side, Inc. (GOLES) is a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side and has been with the organization since 2000.  She has been involved in community organizing and housing issues both locally and nationally for nearly 20 years. She is the chair of LES Ready, a recovery and disaster network, and a member of the NY Rising committee, created by the Governor’s office to develop resiliency initiatives. Reyes currently sits on the Center for Neighborhood Leadership advisory board, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice board of directors, and the Southside United HDFC – Los Sures.  She is also a member of Community Board 3 and sits on the first ever Public Housing Committee, its Land Use, Zoning & Housing committee, and the Waterfront Taskforce, charged with the East Side and Two Bridges Coastal Resiliency Project, which to date has been awarded more than $700 million to design flood protections along the East River. A regular public speaker around public housing and resiliency, her work has taken her internationally to learn about flood protection strategies and to share best practices in community engagement, resiliency, and disaster-preparedness. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the 2006 New York Women’s Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Award and the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Arts Society.

Abigail Abrash Walton serves as Co-Director, Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, Antioch University New England and as faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies, where she directs the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability master’s concentration. Abigail is lead author of the Center’s new report and has served as P.I. for two climate resilience Facilitated Communities of Practice, including local government professionals engaged in road testing the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and focused on coastal resilience on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  She chaired the City of Keene’s Planning Board (2011-2014) and served on the Steering Committee for the City’s Master Plan, which focuses explicitly on sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has served as a commentator for The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Public Radio, “Democracy Now!” and “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” among other media outlets. Abigail holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, a M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

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This webinar is part of the series: Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  For more information on this webinar series,visit our website.

To watch any past webinars, visit this page: Upcoming and Past Webinars


Local Solutions Report

local-solutions-2016-report-lrAntioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience is pleased to release the Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change.

This report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of sources, including the Center’s Local Solutions Survey, local decision-makers’ evaluations of capacity-building climate preparedness programs, and community need statements. We offer recommendations to inform priorities for developing actionable climate adaptation data sets, facilitating regional collaboration and adaptation action, public policy, government budget setting, and private sector funding and investments.

 


 

Presenters:

  • Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD – Co-Director, Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, Antioch University New England
  • Melissa Deas, Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center
  • Joel D. Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Moderator Alyssa Hall, US EPA New England

In this webinar, Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience released findings and recommendations from the 2016 Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change. The report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of original sources, including the Local Solutions Survey, participant evaluations of climate preparedness capacity-building programs, and community need statements to inform priorities for public policies, budget setting, private sector funding, investments, and action. This webinar provides a brief overview of the report findings and discussion of multiple approaches to overcoming barriers, based on insights from field-tested examples. In addition, specific state and federal approaches and programs are shared that assist communities to move forward with local climate resilience.

These webinars are part of the series: Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

To watch any of our other past webinars, visit: Upcoming and Past Webinars


Resilient Vermont Conference a Success!

On May 20, 2016, vermonters joined together for the first Resilient Vermont Network conference to learn about how to deal with climate-related challenges like powerful storms and warming temperatures, all while navigating shifting economies and new policies. Center Program Manager Christa Daniels delivered a keynote lunch presentation on engaging communities for climate resilience.
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International Visitors Convene with the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience to Discuss Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Keene, NH—On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, members of Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience hosted a group of eight international environmentalists and discussed climate change and renewable energy topics. AUNE representatives shared an overview of the Center and its extensive current projects…
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