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The ASAP Prize For Progress

Always talking about the impacts of climate change, community vulnerabilities, and the trade-off between mitigation, adaptation, and suffering can be a bit depressing. To counteract all that doom and gloom, sometimes you need to go where everyone knows your name like the ASAP website, or better yet shine some light on the good works happening across the country by participating in ASAP’s Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change. Details on the application will be coming soon.

Thank you to all the ASAP members who applied to be part of the Selection Committee. If you haven’t submitted your nomination you still have until October 15.

Action on Adaptation

Climate Ready Funding
Up to $1.35 million is available for award through this competitive grant program from the California State Coastal Conservancy. The minimum grant amount will likely be $50,000, and the maximum likely $500,000. This is a two-step application process; initially all applicants must submit a concept proposal application. First round submissions are due November 17, 2014. 

State and Local Adaptation Plan Map
As seen in USA Today, California is leading in completion of statewide adaptation initiatives according to the brand-new, hot-off-the-press, 50-state adaptation tracking tool from the Georgetown Climate Center. See how your state stacks up when it comes to setting, and completing, adaptation goals.

Numbers in Adaptation

   SXSW Eco Conference 2014

   Water used, and offset, at SXSW Eco

   Southeast Florida Climate Change Summit

Fire codes
   Exceeded at the Florida Climate Summit

What We're Reading

EPA Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency’s biannual update to the 30 indicators of the impacts of climate change in the US. Maybe someday there will be 30 official indicators for adaptation in the US. Lots of easy to read formats:


Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment
Thursday Oct. 16 | 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT)
Alex Wilson, BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute will provide an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient communities.

Climate Change in the American Mind
Thursday Oct. 16 | 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT)
Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication will provide an update to his latest research on public opinion and perceptions of climate change.

Request for Proposals for 2015 National Adaptation Forum
Due Oct. 24 2014
T-minus two weeks until your proposal for the 2015 National Adaptation Forum is due. Don’t miss this chance to share your work on building resilience with your colleagues and network with other ASAP members.

Driving Change, Improving Practice
October 27-28, 2014 | San Jose, CA
This FREE EVENT is for all cities, and limited travel funds are available to city government representatives to attend. The workshop promises to provide a thoughtful discussion on how cities around the world are taking the lead on climate mitigation and adaptation. Contact Katie Walsh if you are interested in attending.

Preparing our Communities for Extreme Climate Change
Sat. Nov. 1 | Winchester, MA
Happen to be near Winchester on Nov. 1st. Join ASAP members for a panel discussion by Kathy Baskin, MA Energy and Environmental Affairs, Suzanne Condon, MA Dept. of Public Health (Bureau of Environmental Health), Marie Jordan, National Grid and Cynthia McHale, Ceres for a discussion of how communities will be impacted by extreme weather events. Contact Fred Yen for details.


In case you missed it…

The Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference

Didn’t make it to Seattle at the beginning of September? Just because you missed the two days of summer up there doesn’t mean you have to miss the conference. All the presentation recordings are now available here. Talks are grouped by general theme/session and ordered as presented at the conference. PDF’s for the presentation slides will be available soon.

Welcome New Members!

John Adornato III
National Parks Conservation Association
Diana Alarcon
City of Fort Lauderdale
Juliana Barrett
University of Connecticut
Jill Baty
U.C. Davis
Zach Baumer
City of Austin
Mikkie Belvedere
City of Coconut Creek
Chris Carnevale
Clean Energy
Eric Carr
Miami-Dade County
Paul Carroll
Chris Cline
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Hannah Cooper
Florida Atlantic University
Mary Crider
Arthur R. Marshall Foundation
Patrick Doty
Islamorada Village of Islands
Barry Faske
Adam Finkle
Michael Flood
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Patrice Gillespie Smith
Miami-Dade County
Debbie Griner
City of Fort Lauderdale
Rhonda Haag
Monroe County
Nichole Hefty
Miami-Dade County
Steven Herschenhorn
Broward County
Mark Hertsgaard
Journalist Hertsgaard Melissa Higbee
Erin Hoffer
Shereen Hughes
Wetlands Watch
Bruce Hyde
University of Connecticut
Andrew Kamerosky
Florida Atlantic University
Omar Kapur
URS Corporation
J.R. Killigrew
Yugal Lall
Julie Lambert
Florida Atlantic University
Anica Landreneau
Nixon Lebrun
City of North Miami
Andrea Levy
City of Miami Beach
Kerrie MacNeil
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Drew Martin
Kristine Matos
Ayis Mikrakis
Titan American
Adrienne Pilmanis
Bureau of Land Management
Barbara Powell
Broward County
Sheila Rose
City of Coconut Creek
Anamaria Sarmiento
Natalie Schneider
South Florida Water Management District
Lacy Shelby
City of Minneapolis
Heidi Stiller
Rebecca Verity
Whitney Waara
Tyler Whitmire
City of Fort Lauderdale
Scott Wiggers
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Jeff Williams
Denisha Williams
Being Here Landscape Architecture
Lorena Zapustas
Miami-Dade County


Land Use Project Planner
Cambridge, MA
Provide project management and planning support to the Community Planning Division of the Cambridge Community Development Department. Including managing significant land use planning projects that include balancing and coordinating goals of diverse planning disciplines such as urban design, economic development, housing, transportation and open space, with a strong component of public engagement, managing diverse stakeholder input, and climate change adaptation.

Social Scientist
NOAA Climate Program Office | Silver Spring, MD
This position offers a rare opportunity for a social scientist with management experience to join a dynamic group of experts working on and managing projects related to the societal dimensions of climate. Applications Close Oct. 15.

Senior Water Resource Engineer
Brown and Caldwell | Orlando, FL
The Water Resource Engineering position will provide Florida Gulf Coast subject matter expertise on hydrological modeling related to Florida and modeling resources for projects across the region which will include those focused on numeric nutrient criteria, TMDL's and climate change adaptation.

Vulnerability and Adaptation Project Coordinator
World Resources Institute | Washington DC
The Project Coordinator will support the V&A team on a variety of administrative and logistical tasks, including events coordination, financial management, database management, communications support, fundraising support, systems trainings, and related activities.

Social Science Post Doc
Cornell University | Ithaca, NY
Post Doctoral Associate (Social Scientist) to work with the Department of Natural Resources and the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture on a suite of projects related to assessments and surveys of agricultural and community risks, and development of participatory processes to engage stakeholders in climate change adaptation and mitigation options in the Northeast.

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