Local solutions: Northeast climate change preparedness conference

Meeting or Conference
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
19-21 May 2014
United States of America ( Manchester, NH)
The Radisson Hotel

Guiding municipalities for community resilience, business continuity, and next generation leadership in the face of climate change is a challenging endeavor. It demands diverse interests in the Northeast U.S. to share best practices and mobilize for action.

All private and public sector stakeholders interested in networking with others and getting training in climate preparedness should attend the Local Solutions Conference (May 19-21, 2014). Day 3 of the Conference (May 21st) is devoted to an Educators Summit. The Educators Summit will bring together community leaders and educators in developing the nation’s first real problem-solving based Climate Change Preparedness & Adaptation curriculum. This initiative is generously sponsored by the U.S. EPA Regions 1 and 2, and Antioch University New England, in addition to a variety of other interdisciplinary partners. Our collaboration is driven by the conviction that towns and cities, organizations, and youth need fundamental “How To” knowledge and tools about climate change adaptation and preparedness. The conference and its workshops will actively assist stakeholders in developing and implementing innovative strategies, especially for conducting climate vulnerability assessments. Attendees will also learn how to craft effective communications and engagement approaches, and how to forge public-private and school-community partnerships that leverage resources. Above all, key decision-makers and other individuals will meet in an accessible setting to discover synergies and teach each other about how to protect what we all invest so much of our professional and personal lives in: safe, healthy, and thriving—resilient—communities. This conference will teach community planners, decision makers and those responsible for implementing change how to:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments;

  • Protect natural and societal mechanisms that maintain resilience;

  • Frame and create plans that allow a community to adapt;

  • Build community support to implement adaptive responses;

  • Effectively use the government in responding to climate change;

  • Network with schools, community planners and leaders working toward solving similar problems.

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Target audience

  • Community Planners & Leaders

  • Consultants (e.g., Civil/Transportation/Structural Engineers & Environmental Planners)

  • Business Representatives (e.g., Real Estate & Property Managers, Insurance, Law, Food Providers, Recreation & Tourism Industry)

  • State and Federal Agency Officials

  • Non-profit Organizations

  • Forest, Fishery & Natural Resource Managers

  • Public Health, Risk & Emergency Preparedness Professionals

  • Citizen Scientists

  • Educators, Students, Researchers and others from public and higher educational institutions

  • Environmental Science, Education & Policy Students

  • Sustainability Communications Specialists

How to register

Please apply online.


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