Prize for Progress | HUD Resilience Competition | City Data and Adaptation Strategies

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. 

  1. Peruse the infographic
  2. Read the press release
  3. Apply
Numbers in Adaptation
452  Attendees at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference
780  Attendees at the California Adaptation Forum
310,000+ 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.

Welcome New Members!

Danielle Arigoni
Economic Resilience HUD
Susan Asam
ICF International
Yanna Badet
AECOM Design
Maia Davis
Washington COG
Abigail Derby Lewis
The Field Museum
Brenda Dix
ICF International
Elana Goldstein
EPA Conference Co-Chair
Lisa Granquist
Northeastern University
Glen Hadwen
City of Miami
Mark Hartman
City of Phoenix
Marcy Jaffe
Marcy Jaffe Company
Eliot Levine
Sean Mahoney
Conservation Law Foundation
Jacqueline Meijer-Irons
University of Washington
Alison Mize
Ecological Society of America
John Morgan
City of Delray Beach
Richard Moss
Joint Global Change Research Institute
Thomas Peterson
Center For Climate Strategies
Loretta Prencipe
Qorvis MLS Group
Rachel Riley
OK Climatological Survey
Beth Rodehorst
ICF International
James Rufo-Hill
Seattle Public Utilities
Elizabeth Ryan
National Association for Environmental Management
Adam Schildge
US Dept of Transportation
Dana Spindler
ICF International
Justin Vandever
Harold Wershow
Western Washington Univ.
Angie Xiong
Strategic Energy Innovations


Expand Your Library
Island Press Book Sale 
Just for ASAP members - Island Press is offering 50%-70% off all print books! Act now as the sale ends September 30th. 
(O.K. it isn't just for ASAP members, you can tell your friends too...)

Public Health Analyst III
State of Massachusetts
Coordinate the day-to-day activities for the Climate Change Adaptation project for a CDC climate change adaptation project, including evaluation of climate change health impacts of greatest concern in Massachusetts.

Grant – Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise
The Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program supports targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. 

Grant – Multiple Effects of Ocean Acidification
Examining ocean acidification in the context of eutrophication, hypoxia and other stresses in coastal environments including consideration of regional impacts to economically important species and ecosystem services.

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