“Thank you Security & Sustainability Forum!  I’ve recently discovered your work and outstanding webinars.  A real treasure trove for those of us deep in the throes of climate adaptation work and just as beneficial to those in government, organizations and collaborative groups just diving in.  Keep up the great work!”

Gloria

Executive Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions

Colville, WA 

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There has never been a more important time to educate and train the leaders of the future to deal with the threats of instability. Current world leaders are discussing climate change at the same time that local communities in the U.S. strive for more resilience to increases in climate events. U.S. universities have a responsibility to prepare the modern sustainability business, government, and other professionals with innovative technical and management approaches to lead in a rapidly changing world.
 Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability was the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. In this webinar, attendees will learn how ASU and three other leading U.S. universities are providing future sustainability leaders with the education they need now, and the tools to move the sustainability field forward – Portland State University, George Washington University and Appalachian State University.
The webinar in designed for educators, practitioners, and parents of future leaders.  

Innovative Approaches to Sustainability Education at U.S. Universities

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 to 2:30 PM EST

Speakers Include
  • Chris Boone: Dean, ASU School of Sustainability
  • Sandra Lubarsky: Department Chair Sustainable Development Department, Appalachian State University
  • Jennifer Allen: Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University
  • Lisa Benton-Short: Academic Director for Sustainability at George Washington University
Co hosted by the National Council for Science and the EnvironmentSecond Nature and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the session will be moderated by Shirley Vincent, Director of the Center for Education Research at NCSE.
Dr. Shirley Vincent
Shirley Vincent directs the Center for Environmental Education Research (CEER), the environmental and sustainability education research programs of the National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Vincent is a frequent author and speaker on interdisciplinary and sustainability education topics. She is an advisor to the national Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, has advised the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Education and Research, and has served in a number of leadership positions in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Society for Human Ecology, and the ASTM International Worldwide Standards Subcommittee on Environmental Risk Assessment, Communication and Management.
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Webinar Registration

In November 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13653Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, and created The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force Members brought first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities. They conducted broad outreach to thousands of government agencies, trade associations, planning agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
Last month, one year later, the Task Force issued its report.

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and co-host the American Society of Adaptation Professionals on December 18th as they bring you an in-depth discussion of the Resilience Task Force recommendations from the people who wrote it.

Ira Feldman will be moderating the session. Ira is President and Senior Counsel of greentrack strategies, and serves on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) program, in addition to his work moderating and leading forum discussions for Climate Adaptation Scholars ™.

Speakers from the Task Force

Mike Boots
Mike Boots leads the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Prior to leading CEQ, Mike served as the Council’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, he helped coordinate the Administration’s work on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the establishment of new national monuments that permanently protect unique American sites, the development of the Nation’s first comprehensive National Ocean Policy, and the President’s federal sustainability initiative to reduce energy use and pollution across the Federal Government, among other environmental priorities.  At the start of the Obama Administration, he served as an Associate Director managing the natural resources portfolio at CEQ, focusing on protecting and conserving the nation’s special places, landscapes, freshwater resources and oceans.
Rep. Kristin Jacobs
Rep. Kristin Jacobs currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 96th District, which includes Coconut Creek, Margate, and Parkland in northeastern Broward County, since 2014. She previously served as Commissioner in Broward County, Florida.  While there, she took on big corporations to keep toxic ash from being dumped near waterwaysand stopped Enron from building dirty power plants in Floridaneighborhoods. She worked to expand affordable housing, protect women and children from domestic violence and pass the county’s Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination. She led the efforts to pass a Living Wage Ordinance that guarantees a decent salary for county workers. Kristin was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Task Force on Climate Change and Resiliency.
Sue Minter
Sue Minter served in the Vermont Legislature for six years and has been the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) since January 2011.  She played a leadership role responding to catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011,and resulted in Gov. Shumlin deploying her to be Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer, responsible for implementation of all state recovery and resilience activities, and in 2013, lead a team to assist the State of Colorado following severe flooding.  Sue also supported Gov. Shumlin on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience as the co-chair of the Disaster Recovery and Resilience Sub Committee.
Karen Diver
Karen Diver is in her 3rd term as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.  This position serves as chair of the tribal government and CEO of the reservation’s corporate boards.  The Fond du Lac Reservation is the 2nd largest employer in northern Minnesota with over 2,200 employees. She is currently serving as VP of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, comprised of six members Bands, and Chair of its Finance Corporation. Karen served for three years as the Director of Special Projects for Fond du Lac and for eleven years as the Executive Director of the YWCA of Duluth. Karen is a founding member of numerous organizations, including the  American Indian Community Housing Organization.  She is an appointee of President Obama to the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency.
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Are you concerned that current efforts to make our communities more sustainable are falling short?

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop about establishing grassroots green organizations that promote local sustainable practices and also have positive economic impacts in the community.  The workshop was a product of theLivability Project and led by its founder Dave Feldman.  Dave is a seasoned organizer and environmental professional.  He is also the founder and first Executive Director ofBethesda Green (Maryland), one of the country’s most successful green community organizations.

My workshop experience was so educational and on point that I told Dave that if he developed an online greening program for communities, I would endorse it and promote it to the SSF community.  He did.  

I invite you to take Dave’s online program of two 90-minute webinars where you will learn how to accelerate your community’s transition to a sustainable and prosperous economy, making it more adaptable, resilient, and durable from all angles — financial, social and environmental.

 

Growing Livable Communities Webinars

Two Part, Webinar Event

Dec. 9th and Dec. 16th

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

 

Standard Price: $99

Student Price: $59

Previously offered only as in-person workshops costing hundreds, Dave is introducing this inaugural online webinar series for only $99. However, the SSF community gets a 20% discount off the standard price.  Use code –  SSF – at registration.  

Learn Dave’s proven strategies to create, organize, coordinate, incubate, and grow a sustainable community. Additionally, he will provide all registered attendees with a “toolkit” to help prepare you to tackle green projects in your community. 

Communities can make fast green shifts that have dramatic impacts. This is why I am recommending this live event to introduce Dave’s proven process to everyone in my network.

Presenter, Dave Feldman, is Founding Director of Bethesda Green and CEO of Livability Project.  He is a coalition builder, strategic thinker, entrepreneur, and sustainability thought-leader furthering the goals of regional, sustainable, and economic development. He brings together knowledge and experience from business, government, and the not-for-profit sectors to create applicable solutions that create livable communities for the longterm. Watch the video for more.

 

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Some are heralding the recent agreement between U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping on climate change as an historic step in the right direction for climate security, and others doubt the agreement is a game changer. While the agreement between the presidents of the world’s largest economies could set an important example to other national leaders at the 2015 Paris Convention, it is in the very least raising questions.

Join The Security and Sustainability Forum next Tuesday as we convene global experts to discuss the agreement, its historical and its potential significance in light of existing and expected U.S. and China policy. Sponsored by Willdan Energy Solutions.

The Speakers

Peter Saundry

Session moderator Peter Saundry, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Dr. Saundry is an experienced leader in building coalitions of individuals and organizations to promote environmental science and its utility in addressing societal concerns.

Robert Perciasepe
Robert Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and former deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Bob, has spent more than 30 years as an environmental policy leader in and outside government. In addition to holding several senior posts at EPA, Perciasepe served as Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment and was the chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society.

Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson founded the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) in 2004 to help governments and stakeholders understand and formulate responses to climate change. Over the past decade this included developing and implementing a widely recognized template for comprehensive, multi objective, consensus based planning and analysis that led to the development of 22 US state plans, national scale up and integration of subnational climate action plans in the US, the Low Emissions Development System for the six Border States of Mexico, and the Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis System for the Provinces of China.

William Schulte

William Schulte is a Fellow at the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law (PEL) at Vermont Law School. The PEL program supports a broad range of capacity-building activities in environmental and energy law through partnerships involving U.S. and Chinese universities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Prior to PEL, he practiced environmental law in the public interest in Newark, New Jersey where he represented environmental and community groups on matters related to environmental permit reviews, environmental justice, air pollution reduction, watershed protection, and energy infrastructure proposals, among others.

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November 13 – Assessing Vulnerability of Water Conveyance Infrastructure from a Changing Climate in the Context of a Changing Landscape

November 13, 2014

Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities, presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 and Region 2. Presenter: Michael Simpson, MS, MA, Co-Director, AUNE Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies     Moderator: Irene Boland Nielson, MPA, Climate Change Coordinator at U.S. EPA       [...]

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January 29 – Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency-Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment (Noon to 1:15 PM ET)

October 26, 2014

Webinar Registration Presenter: Dr. Rob Roseen, Associate at Geosyntec Consultants in Portsmouth, NH This webinar addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding, and stormwater to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. Participants will leave this webinar with knowledge about the latest [...]

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October 30 – Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities – A Conversation With Richard Jackson, Tim Beatley and Georges Benjamin – 12:45 to 2:00 PM EDT

October 8, 2014

Special thanks go to the sponsor for this webinar and many other SSF webinars,  Island Press. The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little [...]

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October 16 – Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment

October 6, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT Georges Benjamin ( American Public Health Association Executive Director ) and Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute, provided context for why we need to be considering resilience in looking at the built environment during the coming decades. Alex gave an overview of practical measures that [...]

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New Climate Metrics: The Case for New Climate Change Metrics

October 6, 2014

Often overlooked in the dialogue about how to combat climate change, yet vital to this discussion, are the metrics used for climate accounting. These climate metrics lie at the heart of treaty negotiations, government policies, carbon registries, and corporate goal-setting, and are the basis for evaluating how billions of dollars are invested for carbon offsets [...]

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