Climate Change Planning & Response – Agenda

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May 11-12, 2015
National Adaptation Forum
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 2nd Floor
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO

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Agenda for May 11, 2015

12:00-5:00 National Adaptation Forum Registration
2:30-5:30 Climate Change Adaptation Field Trip
Departing from the front entrance of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, seminar participants will board a chartered bus to visit the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The Danforth Center tour will showcase four research projects designed to investigate and improve agricultural responses to climate change and efforts to identify crops that can withstand prolonged drought.
5:30-7:30 National Adaptation Forum Meet-and-Greet, Grand Hall


Agenda for May 12, 2015

7:00-8:00 Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Foyer A, B, and C
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions
Sunshine Menezes, URI Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
9:15-9:45 Climate Change 101: Introduction to Climate Change Science
Katharine Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona
To set the stage for this seminar, Dr. Jacobs summarized the findings of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, identifying the types of climate change impacts driving adaptation efforts around the U.S.
9:45-11:15 Getting Past the Jargon: What Defines “Resilience”?
Sara Hoverter, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Jennifer Jurado, Broward (FL) County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division; Shalini Gupta, Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy; Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Union of Concerned Scientists
Climate change adaptation practitioners strive to build or sustain “resilient” communities and environments, but this term can be defined in many ways. Featured panelists discussed the significance of resilience for natural ecosystems, livelihoods, communities, public health, and other values.
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation I: Water
Jordan Fischbach, RAND Corporation; Gwen Griffith, Cumberland River Compact; Polly Edwards, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
The availability and quality of water resources is critical for public health, agriculture, industry, commerce, and healthy ecosystems. Speakers shared their experiences in planning for too much or too little water, and highlighted some of the actions, from low impact development to innovative collaborations, that show promise for the future.
12:30-1:30 Networking Lunch
Join National Adaptation Forum attendees for a buffet lunch on the Midway.
1:30-2:30 Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation II: Ecosystems
Kim Hall, The Nature Conservancy; Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt; Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society
As natural environments are exposed to changing climatic conditions, ecosystems will be pushed in different directions, with the potential for some species to be affected more than others. Panelists described some of these ecosystem-scale responses and efforts to preserve specific ecosystem values such as biodiversity or productivity.
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation III: Transportation and the Built Environment
Josh DeFlorio, Cambridge Systematics; Nicholas Rajkovich, University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning; Timothy Burroughs, City of Berkeley
The transportation sector is one of the primary sources of carbon dioxide emissions, but there is great opportunity to transform both transportation and buildings into models for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Panelists described a range of approaches toward resilient infrastructure, highlighting varied approaches, successes, hurdles, and lessons.
3:45-5:00 Making Adaptation Work: Governance, Policy, and Legal Approaches
Bob Gough, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy; Kate Meis, Local Government Commission; Alex Barron, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Edward Thomas, National Hazard Mitigation Association
Climate change adaptation requires collaboration between local, state, federal, and tribal governments, as well as creative policies. Speakers in this session identified lessons learned from these initial collaborations, highlighting some of the legal issues that could make or break successful collaborations.
5:00 Adjourn
5:30-6:30 National Adaptation Forum Poster Presentations
Join NAF attendees to view some of the eighty posters displayed in the Pegram, adjacent to Midway.
5:30-8:00 National Adaptation Forum Networking Reception
Join the NAF attendees for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres on the Midway.


This program is underwritten by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, with significant in-kind support provided by  the National Adaptation Forum and EcoAdapt.

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