Fired-up after Climate Week?
Keep Your Momentum With the ASAP Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change!
The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve professional practice in adapting to climate change based on the examples of leading US communities, organizations, and people who have significantly reduced the net losses and vulnerability of natural or human systems to extreme weather events and climate change.
The promising practices from these examples will provide guidance and encouragement for other communities. It will provide space to celebrate progress in an emerging field and strengthen the professional foundations of our current efforts in climate adaptation.
Excited to participate? Apply to be part of the Selection Committee.
Action on Adaptation
HUD Natural Disaster Resilience Competition
As adaptation professionals, we all know building climate resilience can be hard. There is no magic bullet, and it isn't just about throwing money at the problem. But, $1 billion to support resilience efforts could definitely help.
Enter HUD Natural Disaster Resilience Competition.
48 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and 17 cities and counties are eligible to apply for funding through this supplemental community development block grant. Submit your application with these three easy steps.
Numbers in Adaptation
- Peruse the infographic
- Read the press release
||Attendees at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference
||Attendees at the California Adaptation Forum
||People in the Climate March in NYC this week
What We're Reading
FEMA State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance "Key Concepts"
Looking to build climate resilience through your local or State Hazard Mitigation Plan? This could be the first step. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to work to update the “State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.” Their new Highlights of Key Concepts is available for public comment. The recommendations include strengthening specific requirements for assessing future risk in light of a changing climate and changes in land use and development. This will ensure that the mitigation strategy addresses risks and takes into consideration possible future conditions in order to identify, prioritize, and implement actions to increase statewide resilience.
Written comments may be submitted to FEMA by email no later than 5:00 pm EDT on October 17, 2014.
Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment
Northern Wisconsin and Western Upper Michigan
Model projections of changing climate conditions suggest that boreal species (such as black spruce, quaking aspen, and paper birch) may be negatively impacted. How will other species in the region fare? Science and management experts from the region assessed the impacts and adaptive capacity of the system to determine the most vulnerable ecosystems.
National Adaptation Forum 2015 Proposals
Due October 24
ASAP is a proud sponsor of this event and we encourage you to submit a proposal for a symposium, training session, workshop, or poster. Like all adaptation, one size definitely does not fit all, so pick the format that works best for you and your topic area. We know you are diligently working on implementing adaptation strategies and building resilience. Take a few days (in May of 2015) to share what you are learning with your colleagues. Nothing reinvigorates or provides excitement and energy around adaptation like getting together with hundreds of your closest friends.
Making Progress on Food Security in the North American North: Building on 15 Years of Research
Oct. 7 | 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT)
Food security is a worldwide challenge. One area of the world where food insecurity is increasing is the North American Arctic and Subarctic. In this presentation, Dr. Loring (from the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy) reviews research on food security both in general and focused in the North over the last 15 years. Challenges like remoteness and climate change play a role, but the primary drivers of food insecurity for northern people continue to be governance and policy issues. Issues that have been recognized and critiqued for many decades.
In case you missed it…
ASAP Webinar Series:
CDP – City Data and Adaptation Strategies
Join ASAP and Katie Walsh for a uniquely detailed view of the recent Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Protecting our Capital report. Kate discusses the CDP Cities Open Data platform which provides cities with targets, emissions, activities and resiliency strategies. CDP voluntary reporting of climate risks and adaptation strategies grew from 107 cities in 2013 to over 200 in 2014. This webinar provides a glimpse at the available data on risks and actions as reported by both cities and corporations.