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
| 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
In Case You Missed It...
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.
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.