Thursday, September 20, 2012

Join us for the 1st National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow

National Adaptation Forum
Action today for a better tomorrow

You are invited to be a part of the 1st National Adaptation Forum (NAF): Action today for a better tomorrow. Please join us as we kick-off the inaugural convening of adaptation practitioners and experts from around the country focused on moving from adaptation planning to adaptation action.

Goals of the NAF:

  • Provide a professional development opportunity for the adaptation inclined.
  • Contribute to the development of a community of practice around climate change adaptation.
  • Create a venue for practitioners to share information, progress, and strategies, in order to build the capacity of their community.
  • Supporting on the ground implementation by providing managers and regional experts with a venue to exchange knowledge of and tools for incorporating climate change into their work.
This professional development event affords attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.
NAF Executive Committee Members include:

Margaret Davidson, NOAA
Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation
Mike Goldstein, U.S. Forest Service
Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt
Noah Matson, Defenders of Wildlife
Amber Pairis, CA Department of Fish and Game
Joel Scheraga, U.S. EPA
For more information please visit: The agenda is coming soon, a call for abstracts (trainings, symposia and working group proposals) opens October 15th , and registration will open November 1st. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Institutionalizing Climate Change in New York City

AngMoKio @Wikimedia Commons

On August 22, the New York City Council passed legislation to institutionalize the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force "for the purpose of advising the City on climate change projections and adaptation." Both panels were initially convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008 in order to support PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability plan for the city.

According to the legislation, the New York City Panel on Climate Change will meet at least two times a year in order to review the most up-to-date climate science and impacts data. Using this information, the panel will make recommendations to the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and the Adaptation Task Force on incorporating climate projections into planning processes. The Task Force will meet twice per year to review the recommended projections, evaluate the impacts on the city's public health, natural systems, built infrastructure, and economy, and develop coordinated adaptation strategies to reduce the city's vulnerability.