EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program is hosting a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation for state and local governments. The series will bring together state and local stakeholders share examples and solutions to some of the most pressing challenges to implementation – how to achieve buy-in, how to overcome the uncertainty barrier, and how to attract funding. Participants should come away from the series with an understanding of why adaptation to climate change is critical, the current state of the field as it applies to states and communities, how to scale programs to meet local needs, and what actions can be taken at the state and local levels to build support for adaptation and increase community resilience.
The first webcast will be held from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT on Thursday, March 21st and will address the challenge of achieving community buy-in for adaptation projects. Through presentations on best practices, case studies, and an interactive panel, experts will discuss how to integrate resilience considerations into mainstream decision-making and how to simultaneously address mitigation and adaptation. Register now.
- Overview: What is risk communication? Who should be on board? What types of stakeholders in your community should reach out to for project support? (Cara Pike, The Social Capital Project)
- Best Practices: Educating the community on climate impacts using best available science (Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA)
- Case Study: How to communicate risk to key communities (Nancy Gilliam/Gwen Griffith, Climate Solutions University)
- Case Study: How to establish community buy-in (Jonathan Lockman, Catalysis Adaptation Partners)
- Facilitated Panel Discussion
Webcast #2: Overcoming the Uncertainty Barrier to Adaptation
The second webcast will be held later in the spring (date/time TBD) and will address the challenge of planning for climate change in the face of uncertainty. Through presentations on best practices, case studies, and an interactive panel, experts will discuss how to look at historical information to understand future vulnerability and how to use downscaling tools that are appropriate for local governments of various sizes and capacities.
Webcast #3: Attracting Funding for Adaptation
The third webcast will be held later in the spring (date/time TBD) and will focus on how to secure funding for adaptation. The presentations will provide examples of how communities of various sizes have attracted funding and provide available resources for participants to identify appropriate funds. The experts who present on this webcast will discuss how to maximize funding by mainstreaming adaptation planning and how to simultaneously address adaptation and mitigation.