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2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference





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Antioch University New England and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are hosting the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference on April 30, May 1 and May 2nd 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to submit nominations for the first New England Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (submit by 12/14!)

The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. It recognizes the fact that deliberate, proactive adaptation, preparedness, and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of\ doing something new and different. At its heart are individuals who make this change happen, sometimes with very few resources. The RALA recognizes distinguished adaptation leaders who approach their work in a strategic, sophisticated, well informed, inclusive, and effective manner.

ASAP’s two award programs, the Regional Adaptation Leadership Award and the Prize for Progress, highlight excellence in adaptation leadership and excellence in adaptation practices of communities and organizations, respectively. These programs are a critical component of ASAP’s work supporting and connecting adaptation professionals and advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation.

Help us make history by nominating those most deserving of recognition for their work on climate change adaptation in New England. The RALA awardee will be recognized at the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference in Manchester, NH.

Deadline to submit nominations is Thursday December 14, 2017. The RALA nomination form can be found here. You may nominate any adaptation professional who works in New England, including yourself, for the RALA. Nominees may come from any sector (ie – public, private, etc.) The awardee(s) will be chosen by a selection committee made up of diverse adaptation professionals from across the region.

Questions? Email Beth Gibbons at.  ASAP is committed to facilitating nomination and selection of a transformative leader. Please contact us if you have any barriers to submitting a nomination that fully captures the strength of the nominee’s leadership.

About American Society of Adaptation Professionals:
As the nation’s leading professional society for adaptation and resilience practitioners, ASAP is ensuring that climate adaptation and resilience work is equitable, ethical, and effective. ASAP connects and supports climate adaptation professionals, while advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation.  Through ASAP’s website, affinity groups, webinars, and meetings climate adaptation professionals interact, share what’s working, collaborate with their colleagues and build essential climate resilience for communities across the U.S.

ASAP New England Climate Network –

Thanks to the engagement of more than 500 participants from Washington, D.C. to Maine, the first Local Solutions conference in May 2014 in Manchester NH was a great success. Our second conference in April 2016 in Baltimore MD continued to draw participants across the eastern U.S. to successfully deliver interactive capacity building sessions on all aspects of preparing for severe weather and climate change impacts in the United States. See our Conferences page for more information on the past two conferences.

For this third conference, we will cover a range of climate preparedness and resiliency issues such as: sea level rise, urban heat, and both coastal and inland flooding issues. The conference is geared for small government planners and decision-makers striving to create healthy resilient communities with how to better handle severe weather and climate impacts. The current methodologies, protocols and policies inherent in planning and budgeting at the community level are not always adequate for the recent onslaught of climate impacts. This conference guides local government planners on how to make climate resilience an aspect of their daily operations. The conference will be organized with the help of a diverse and dedicated Steering Committee, which will include members from state and federal agencies, non-profits and academic institutions from around the eastern United States.

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2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference

Antioch University New England is hosting the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference on April 30, May 1 and May 2nd 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.
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