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Win an ASAP Water Bottle!

This is it. Your last chance to get one of the coveted 2014 ASAP stainless steel water bottles. If you aren’t one of the lucky ASAP members to have registered in-person over the summer, you likely don’t have anything to hold your water and – unless you act now – you probably never will.

For a chance at a bottle, simply complete the 15-minute 2nd Annual ASAP Member Survey. Your answers help ASAP meet your needs by directing our collective priorities & projects for 2015. This type of feedback is critical in securing a strong future for the adaptation profession.  

We’ll mail ASAP water bottles to 25 lucky ASAP members - selected at random - from all completed surveys received by Friday, Dec. 5. Already have a bottle? They should arrive just in time for the holiday season. Give them as gifts and your loved ones will never be parched.


Action in Adaptation

Why are regional approaches to climate resilience so appealing? Perhaps it’s the ability to bring together stakeholders across jurisdictions, scales, and sectors. Or, it could be that a regional approach better matches the scale of the climate impacts.

Whatever it is seems to be working, and thus new collaboratives are cropping up across the US. Boston recently announced that they will be coordinating a regional climate summit this spring to better prepare for climate impacts to the greater metropolitan region. The announcement is a sign that regional collaboration is catching on, which is likely welcome news to established regional collaborations like the four in California or the one in Southeast Florida. Would it make sense for your region?

Adaptation by the Numbers

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What We're Reading

Yet another IPCC Report
The Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report was released last week. It is so hot off the presses that the figures have yet to be integrated into the text of either the shorter Summary for Policymakers or the longer more detailed report. These reports bring together the findings from the three working groups released earlier this year. So, if you are only going to read one report from the IPCC this year, we suppose this is the one.

Federal Climate Adaptation Plans
Last week, 38 federal agencies released their climate adaptation plans. Not all the plans look alike, but everyone from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture to NASA and the Postal Service have plans. Be sure to check them out!


American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting
December 15-19 | San Francisco
With nearly 24,000 attendees, the AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The meeting brings together the entire Earth and space sciences community for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research.
Pre-registration membership deadline: November 14

AWRA Summer Specialty Conference
Abstracts due Feb. 13, 2015
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) specialty conference is about ACTION – how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. This conference will provide a critical path towards informing climate adaptation decisions on the ground. This conference will bring together experts from a wide range of fields to address the issues of adaptation planning under uncertainty.

2015 ASAP Prize for Progress
Applications due Dec. 12
Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized at the National Adaptation Forum for all the great work you are doing to reduce net losses and decreased vulnerability of natural/human systems to extreme weather events and climate change. Submit an application, to ensure that professionals throughout the U.S. (and the world) have access to the most innovative and cutting-edge adaptation practices out there, yours!

In Case You Missed It...

The Sixth Annual Southeast Florida Climate Summit was in early October. Floridians and national experts met to discuss adaptation measures currently being taken to deal with the rising sea level in Florida, and what can be done into the future. You may view photos, the agenda, and video from the event here.  


Coastal Adaptation Program Leader
Blue Point Conservation Society | Petaluma, CA
Execute the strategy and achieve the outcomes of Point Blue’s Protecting Our Shorelines Initiative. Help natural resource managers and policy makers advance their adaptation efforts in the face of accelerating climate change, ocean acidification, and other stressors, leveraging scientific, data, and informatics resources to enhance and protect coastal wildlife, ecosystems, and human communities.

Extension Specialist – Water Resources  & Adaptation
UC Berkeley
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist (Fiscal Year) in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation to help create a collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted research and outreach program.

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Hollywood, Florida
Manage of sustainability program services and the promotion of the principles of a green-friendly organization. Advise the City Commission, City Manager, Assistant City Manager of Sustainable Development, Department Director, or other City officials and neighborhood representatives on the status of and important issues associated with the City’s sustainability program.

Climate Resiliency Planning Fellow 
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
Geared towards a recent college graduate or current grad student, this seasonal position will assist with a wide range of climate change planning and policy initiatives. Apply before November 10, 2014.  

Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED)
The Fifth Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design will recognize design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact, the SEED Awards represent the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world. Through a competitive jury process, six projects will be selected and celebrated.


Welcome New Members!

Allison Ashcroft
City of Victoria
Louis Barani
Erica Bollerud
Debra Butler
University of Massachusetts 
Lauren Casey
Sonoma County Transportation 
Lisa Dickson
Nancy Gassman
City of Fort Lauderdale
Magalie Gelin
Miami-Dade County
Marjorie Kaplan
Rutgers Climate Institute
Peter Kokopeli
Climate Decision
Kim Lundgren
Margo Moehring
Northeast Florida Regional Council
Kelly Pflicke
4ward Planning, Inc.
Derek Polka
Homeless Garden Project
William Stiles
Wetlands Watch
Alice Zanmiller
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
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