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Heat Waves and Fireworks

Summer is officially in session

Map Key: Red=HOT

As we move into a holiday weekend to celebrate our freedom with fireworks, backyard gatherings, and family fun, Northern California (temperature in Redding California forecast to hit 113 deg Fahrenheit today) and the Pacific Northwest (temperatures in the 90’s across the region) is in the midst of a historic heat wave, with heat advisories and excessive heat warnings spread throughout the region.

Portland, like many cities, is looking at how extreme heat will impact some people more than others. 

“We do know that low-income populations and communities of color currently face greater health disparities – which will likely mean that the health impacts associated with increased heat (and related impacts to air quality) will be felt more acutely by many people in those communities,” said Michele Crim, sustainability manager for the City of Portland. 

The hot temperatures have both Oregon and Washington considering bans on fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. So enjoy the long weekend, be safe, have fun, stay hydrated, and don’t start a forest fire (they will be occurring more frequently with climate change without any help from fireworks).

Action on Adaptation

ASAP has, and will always be, about “We the People," as members take a stand against the oppressive tyranny of climate change and work to preserve the liberty of all Americans by building resilience. When thinking about independence and freedom this weekend, don’t forget that you get three months FREE by using the discount code: “AdaptPro” while upgrading your membership.

The Projects and Evaluation Affinity Group invites you to participate in a new pilot initiative which builds on the success of the ASAP's Prize for Progress. The newly formed "Innovation Room" will bring together members to answer some of the most pressing questions in the field. Innovation Room participants will collaborate on thought leadership pieces that advance adaptation and highlight the knowledge, expertise and reach of our membership. The proposed Innovation Room process is as follows: 

  1. Prospective Innovation Room contributors are encouraged to attend a webinar introducing a current hot topic in the field. (For the Innovation Room pilot, we will be learning about the 2015 Prize for Progress Winner’s effort to incorporate climate considerations into their All-Hazards Mitigation Plan.)
  2. The webinar is followed by an online discussion, to further develop the key questions facing adaptation professionals across the country. (Questions like: What is the role of all hazards mitigation planning in climate change adaptation? How is it this approach similar or different from other approaches to building urban adaptation?)
  3. Members collaborate on a draft document (a white paper) around this hot topic.
  4. The document is vetted by ASAP affinity groups and the broader membership, and eventually shared publicly showcasing the breadth and depth of expertise and leadership throughout ASAP's membership. 

Come join this lively and dynamic conversation, during and after the webinar. We need your support and engagement to test this approach and build a process that could be used throughout ASAP to provide thought leadership on all manner of topics and areas of interest. Start by registering for the July 23rd Prize for Progress webinar. For more information, please contact Steve Klein or Nathaly Agosto Filion.

Adaptation by the Numbers

  In 49 major U.S. cities in 2100
  with GHG emissions reduction

  Max avoided damages to U.S. Agriculture

  Predicted for the 2015 hurricane season
  (below average)

What We're Reading

Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action
Even though ASAP focuses on climate protection and resilience, we definitely recognize that “...without greenhouse gas emissions reductions, all our adaptation efforts will eventually fail.” Turns out that a lot of the conversation building up to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Paris (#COP21) on Nov. 30–Dec. 11 are saying the same thing. This report looks at the economic benefits of reducing emissions in six sectors: health, infrastructure, electricity, water resources, agriculture and forestry, and  ecosystems.  

Featured Member

Brent Jacobs

Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Brent is a Research Director in the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney working in the natural resources and ecosystems and climate change adaptation themes. Brent’s background is in agricultural science with broad experience in agricultural systems and eco-physiology of crops and pastures gained through teaching and research conducted at universities in Australia and in the South Pacific. Read More

In Case You Missed It...


All of the opportunities posted in the ASAP newsletter are now available on the ASAP website.

Having trouble tracking down a job opportunity you saw in a previous newsletter? Want to share opportunities with colleagues? Look no further than the Opportunities & Jobs page of the ASAP website.

Have a job our opportunity you want to share with the ASAP Community? Use the online form to submit it.


ASAP Policy Affinity Group Meeting (use link at meeting time)
July 8 | 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
The monthly Policy Affinity Group meetings continue with discussion of tracking Resilience Taskforce Recommendations and the development of policy relevant white papers. Call in or join online.

  • By Phone: 224-501-3412
  • Access Code: 647-849-637

Using Cost-Benefit Analyses to Compare Drought Management Practices
July 16 | 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT)
Utilities need reliable data on the potential impacts of drought, its costs, and the impacts and costs of alternative mitigation strategies. Learn how a cost-benefit analysis may be used in drought planning and the issues and challenges that drinking water utilities face in implementing drought management practices. This project was funded under the NOAA Climate Program Office, Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP): Coping with Drought with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).
Financial Resiliency During Droughts
July 21 | 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT)
This webinar will answer the following fundamental questions related to how water utilities can maintain financial resiliency during droughts. What is the financial cost of a drought? How should the financial cost of the drought be recovered? Which approach is best suitable for our community? Who should cut back their water use and by how much? What is the impact to my customers due to the restriction in water use and the associated drought pricing? How can water rates help you achieve your goals?

ASAP Member Webinar: 2015 Prize for Progress Winner - Baltimore
July 23 | 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
Join Kristin Baja, the person behind the City of Baltimore's adaptation and resilience work for insights into the city's pioneering approach to incorporating climate resilience in their hazard mitigation plan and engaging the community. This webinar will provide a behind the scenes look at what is making their efforts so successful, what barriers they faced, and how they are overcoming them to build climate resilience. It will also be followed by an online discussion.

Sneak Peak Georgetown Climate Center ASAP Portal
August 5 | 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
The Georgetown Climate Center is partnering with ASAP to create a portal within the Adaptation Clearinghouse for ASAP members. The upcoming webinar will give you a sneak peek at these new Clearinghouse features being designed for ASAP members and give you the opportunity to advise the Climate Center team on the structure and content of an ASAP portal page that will provide access to resources targeted for ASAP members. Please join us to find out more about this new collaboration and participate in the design of the new ASAP member portal on the Adaptation Clearinghouse.

Opportunities & Jobs

Program Manager
Wildlife Conservation Society -  Washington, DC — Apply by Aug 1
Work closely with project director to successfully complete objectives. Respond to telephone and email inquiries from organizations seeking grants through the program. Work to develop and publish a yearly request for proposals, field questions from applicants, process and catalog incoming grant proposals, and organize a process for their review with the assistance of a 11-member advisory committee.

Web Content manager for the Northeast Climate HUB
Durham, NH — Apply by July 5
Develop all aspects of the Northeast Climate HUB’s  online presence. Work closely with scientists, specialists, and support staff focused on adaptation and mitigation for agriculture and forest management in the Northeastern U.S. Assemble, edit and post web and social media content to a variety of web platforms, and social media platforms. Posting ID 167334.

Director North America Program
Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo
Oversee the effective implementation of WCS field conservation in North America (marine and terrestrial) and facilitate application of WCS cross-cutting expertise e.g. species conservation, conservation planning, climate change adaptation, wildlife health.

Climate Change and Natural Resources Practice Team Lead
Engility - Alexandria, VA
The CNR Practice Team Leader manages a dedicated Headquarters team and supervises project Chiefs of Party. This position reports to the Business Area Director for Agriculture, Climate and Natural Resources (ACNR) and works in close collaboration with other ACNR Business Area team members, project partners, clients and other IRG Divisions. Regular international travel is required - occasionally with short notice and for extended periods.

Director, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program
Conservation International - Arlington, VA
Track global policy negotiations and decisions, including the implementation of in order to inform and advise Conservation International and its Country Programs on indigenous peoples’ policy positions, needs and rights related to biodiversity, protected areas, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Environmental and Climate Adaptation Specialists
Various Countries
Oversee and participate in evaluations, assessments, project designs and special studies. Conduct adaptation and biodiversity assessments and USAID Reg 216 environmental impact assessments. Design or supervise the design of performance evaluations and impact evaluations. Manage the design, quality, development and completion of all assessments, analytical reports and evaluations. Contribute substantively to the design and field testing of evaluation methodologies, data collection methods and protocols, including surveys, data verification techniques, and other technical evaluation and analytical tasks.

MFPP Development Director
Model Forest Policy Program (Telecommute)
Help build a great adaptation program through crafting and implementing a comprehensive development strategy that complements MFPP’s business and strategic plans. The director will also continue build new critical relationships; lead MFPP’s grant research, writing, and reporting efforts; and monitor and report programmatic outcomes.

CivicSpark is recruiting candidates for the 2015-16 service year.
Members will spend 11 months assisting California local governments in their response to climate change. All 48 members will have a chance to gain valuable practical experience, develop professional skills, and build a strong network while making a lasting impact in their communities.

Climate Leadership Awards
EPA - Apply by Sept 25
The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change, and to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives. The Climate Leadership Awards Dinner takes place during the annual Climate Leadership Conference.

National League of Cities - 2015 Presentation Proposal Form
Apply to present at the November 2015 Congress of Cities conference in Nashville. If your presentation is selected, you will be contacted by an NLC staff member no later than September 1, 2015. If you do not hear from an NLC staff member by September 1, your proposal has not been selected for this conference but NLC will keep it on file for future reference.



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