Navigating the Stafford Act for Community Resilience

by Arturo Herrera on August 30, 2015

 Join co-hosts Antioch New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

and the Environmental Protection Agency in a 90-minute online training for local public works, planning and city/county administrators,consultants, community and business leaders and state officials.
And getting recovery and resilience funding approved
September 17, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT
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While clean air, clean water and healthy local food are crucial for a sustainable and secure life, local governments often don’t consider the health of the landscape in their planning processes. Join SSF, Island Press and Karen Firehock, founder of the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) and author of Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning – a Multi-scale Approach, in a three-session online training presenting a new way of thinking about natural resources as our infrastructure.  Session 1 is free and the cost for the in-depth training in sessions 2 &3 is $100 total, but $79 for early birds.
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The second webinar in our series on the Food, Water, Energy Nexus was held on August 20th.  The webinar examined drought in the Southwestern United States. The session, co hosted with the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, focused primarily on California as a harbinger for other regions of the United States and the globe. It specifically examined the water policies of the past, present and future, and their impact on water supply, used including agriculture and society overall. Panelists included scientists and policy analysts with the California Water Board, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Pacific Institute.

 

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Dr. David White, an associate professor in the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Community Resources and Development, led the webinar.  He is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Decision Center for a Desert City, which studies water-management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in central Arizona.

 

Dr. White was joined by

  • Max Gomberg, the climate change advisor to the California Water Resources Control Board, where he has helped to develop emergency water conservation regulations among other initiatives.
  • Dr. Ben Cook, an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a leading expert on mega droughts
  • Ms. Heather Cooley, Co Director of Pacific Institute’s Water Program.

Subsequent webinars in the series will be scheduled through the Fall.

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Rethinking Large Landscape Conservation‏

by Arturo Herrera on August 7, 2015

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Curtin offers first-hand experience to tackle the “wicked” problems of large-landscape conservation.
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 Many of our most important ecosystems are vast and complex, and it’s tempting to break them into bite-sized chunks to try to understand them. Ecologist Charles G. Curtin has spent years working directly with ranchers and fishermen on long-term conservation projects focused on large open areas.

 In The Science of Open Spaces, he argues that we need a new kind of conservation science that embraces complexity and scale while working with real people.
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The second webinar in our series on the Food, Water, Energy Nexus will be on August 20th.  It will examine drought in the Southwestern United States.  The focus is primarily on California as a harbinger for other regions of the country and the globe. We will specifically examine the water policies of the past, present and future, and their impact on water supply, uses including agriculture and society overall.
Dr. David White, an associate professor in the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Community Resources and Development, will lead the webinar.  He is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Decision Center for a Desert City, which studies water-management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in central Arizona.
He is joined by
  • Max Gomberg, the climate change advisor to the California Water Resources Control Board, where he has helped to develop emergency water conservation regulations among other initiatives.
  • Dr. Ben Cook, an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a leading expert on mega droughts
  • Ms. Heather Cooley, Co Director of Pacific Institute’s Water Program.
Subsequent webinars in the series will be scheduled through the Fall.  Sign up for emails alerts on the SSF website.  www.ssfonline.org

A Climate Preparadness Training for Planners, Investors and Decision Makers
August 10 and 11, 2015
Onsite in the Berkshires
(not a webinar)
Use promotional code “SSF” to save $100 on tuition
This is a professional development workshop for planners, designers, project reviewers, investors, and other decision-makers in the beautiful Berkshire foothills. The training is offered jointly by the Conway School – Graduate Program for  Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design, and Pinchot University, with support from the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal.

Who Should Attend?: The workshop will equip individuals and teams from public and private sector organizations with information and strategies to make financially sound choices that address public safety and community development as we prepare for and recover from impacts related to climate change and natural disasters.

The Faculty: Join international sustainable development design researcher Wendi Goldsmith and prominent climate resilient portfolio activist Natasha Lamb. Special guest instructors will be Barbara Kessner Landau,Esq., Noble, Wickersham & Heart; Cynthia McHale, Director, Ceres Insurance Program; and Edward A. Thomas, Esq., President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. Visit the Designing for Future Climates: Resilient Facilities, Communities, and Economies  for more about the curriculum and the faculty. 
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New Report from the Pentagon – Geographic Combatant Commands Already Addressing Climate Change Threat

August 7, 2015

Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with anAdvisory Board of senior retired military officers and national security experts, supports the U.S. Department of Defense’s recently-released report to Congress “National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.” Significantly, the report highlights what the U.S. Geographic Combatant Commands […]

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Sustainable Development Forum: Why Investing in Nature Makes Economic Sense

July 31, 2015

What is the role of nature in cities? How can business and government leaders align environmental stewardship with economic growth?   On September 14, the Institute for International Economic Policy at The George Washington University will host a panel of experts to answer these questions at a live, in-person webcast at the Elliott School of […]

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Webinar: Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape

July 23, 2015

August 25th 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT   The Security and Sustainability Forum and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University are hosting a five-session webinar series to facilitate a national dialogue about the global security implications of climate risk. Follow this link to Register GSI is a university-wide interdisciplinary hub for global security research that […]

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Megatrends – The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

July 10, 2015

In its 2013 report “Global Trends 2030″, the US National Intelligence Council described the interconnected risks in water, energy and food supply security as a “megatrend” that will gain global momentum. Megatrends – The Food, Water, Energy Nexus from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Join the Security and Sustainability Forum in a free webinar as […]

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Webinar 3: Recycling CO2 to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel

June 24, 2015

Session 3 in the Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels webinar series took place July 28, 2015 and included the emerging technological possibilities for captured CO2 from waste streams (or directly from the atmosphere) and using it as a pre-concentrated carbon source to produce transportation fuels. CO2-to-Fuels is a research trajectory where the policy risks are […]

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