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Happy New Year!

Last year was a great year for ASAP and for adaptation. We saw ASAP membership grow over 500 percent, the release of the recommendations from the Local, State, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the initiation of the National Disaster Resilience Competition, the release of the National Climate Assessment, and more.

Thanks for helping us make ASAP a success. We are looking forward to many exciting new developments in adaptation and resilience and another great year in 2015.

Action in Adaptation

Prize for Progress Application deadline extended to January 23, 2015!
**The top three finalists will now receive a free National Adaptation Forum registration**

The deadline to Apply for the 2015 Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change has been extended to Friday, January 23, 2015. So, it is definitely not too late to get your great work on adaptation recognized by your peers and win a free conference registration. Know someone who should apply? Share the link and spread the joy of building resilience. 

Adaptation by the Numbers

 Number of times the word "Climate" appeared
 in the 95th Annual American Meteorological Society  Conference Program this week.

 Number of times the word "resilience" appeared in the
 same program.

 Projected number of times the word "resilience" will
 appear in the 2015 National Adaptation Forum

What We're Reading

Just because ASAP is focused on the United States, doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from adaptation efforts around the world. The African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Program has published a report, Compendium of Lessons Learned from ARCC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments. The results from these assessments can be used to evaluate options that may help prevent or mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and increase the resilience of at-risk people and systems by strengthening their capacity to adapt to change.

One important lesson: vulnerability assessments are both a product and a process. As a product, they are an evidence base for decision-making; as a process, they are a research and learning experience that enables—and requires—meaningful dialogue among stakeholders.

Primary Care: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate
In order to build resilience, we need to pay particular attention to critical infrastructure. This report from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services assess the current climate and weather related risks for health care infrastructure and proposes some steps for building resilience.  

"The Guide and Toolkit consolidates the lessons learned and emergent practices for resilient health care infrastructure that can be gathered from the extreme weather events of the past two decades in order to inform the design and planning of critical health care infrastructure in the decades ahead."


U.S. DOT Climate Change Risk Management Tools
January 22, 2015 | 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT)
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the resources, tools, and lessons learned from a five-year U.S. Department of Transportation climate change vulnerability study. State and local transportation stakeholders can use these resources to prepare for the challenges of climate change and extreme weather.

Leadership for Resilience Workshop
February 20-22, 2015 | Garrison, NY
Want to learn how to better manage your response to adversity, deal with the stress of climate change and build personal resilience? Happen to be in New York, or don’t mind making the trip? Check out this workshop led by Bob Doppelt and co-hosted by the Garrison Institute and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

In Case You Missed It...

Recommendations from the Resilience & Preparedness Task Force
ASAP and the Security and Sustainability Forum co-hosted an end of the year webinar on the Recommendations from the Resilience & Preparedness Task Force. If you missed it, it is not too late to learn more about why the President created the Task Force, the process the Task Force used, and the recommendations for resilience and preparedness the Task Force issued in its recent report. Special thanks to Ira Feldman, George Haddow, and Jason Liechty and the other members of the ASAP Policy Affinity Group for spearheading the development of this webinar.

Welcome New Members!

Karim Belhadjali
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Donovan Burton
Climate Planning
Katherine Cairoli
Rob Campellone
Fish and Wildlife Service
Gavin Dillingham
Nathan Engle
World Bank Group
Meg Gardner
OR Land Conservation and Development
Elizabeth Grassi
CA Strategic Growth Council 
Julia Hitz
Bronx River Alliance
Jason Hochman
Kate Johnson
DC Department of the Environment
Carol Lurie
Leanne Nurse
Ian Robinson
University of Michigan
Jamesine Rogers
Next Generation
Theodore Spencer
Natural Resources Defense Council
Jonathan Steele
US Department of the Interior
Mary-Carson Stiff
Wetlands Watch


Program Manager
ND-GAIN | Indiana
The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) developed and maintains the world's leading Index that ranks countries according to their ability to adapt to global changes brought about by overcrowding, resource-constraints and climate disruption. ND-GAIN is seeking a project manager to oversee the execution and implementation of the project and help lead this urban adaptation assessment in five pilot US cities and will contribute to other activities related to urban adaptation.

Resiliency Manager
College of New Jersey Ewing, New Jersey
The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey leads the NJ Resiliency Network that works with public, non-profit and academic partners across the state to provide municipalities with the tools and resources to become stronger, more resilient communities. The Resiliency Manager will inventory municipal needs for resiliency, provide direct technical assistance and connect municipalities to a "network" of public and private support and technical assistance.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist
NWF | Washington, DC
Be involved in developing and applying new and emerging approaches to climate change adaptation for ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, and in promoting the use of natural infrastructure approaches to reduce community risks from climate-related hazards, including a post-Hurricane Sandy coastal resilience project being carried out in collaboration with the State of New Jersey.

USGS Research Fellowship
Fort Collins, CO
Under this Mendenhall Research Opportunity we seek a postdoctoral research scientist to improve our understanding of climate adaptation processes within United States federal agencies and Tribal Nations with particular attention to the policies guiding the process and institutional capacity to implement adaptation actions on the landscape, specifically addressing opportunities and barriers associated with adaptation planning and implementation processes.

Senior Coastal Scientist
VERSAR | Columbia, MD
Join VERSAR’s coastal science and ecological consulting staff. Scope of project activity ranges from designing and implementing field studies to complex ecosystem and risk assessment modeling related to impact assessment and resource management. 

Climate Adaptation Specialist
MSI | Various Countries
MSI seeks to build a roster of environment and climate adaptation specialists for short- and long-term assignments on upcoming USAID initiatives. Consultants will lead and manage technical work related to a variety of donor-funded projects, including climate change programming and adaptation.

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