Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference
Monday, April 30, 2018, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5 p.m. EDT
Manchester, NH, United States
Antioch University New England, in partnership with NOAA, is convening the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference on April 30th, May 1st, and 2nd 2018 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.
“Thank you for your thoughtful leadership on climate change, and for helping advance the overall cause through your building of local capacity, extending of academic research into the spheres of decision-making, and convening of people joined in that common cause. I took away many concrete insights (from the conference) but also the exhortation to constantly be thinking about how our effort can grease skids at the local level.” Bina Venkatarmanm, then-Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation, Executive Office of the President of the United States
State and local governments are the first line of defense in responding to climate change challenges. Too few state and local governments have adequate research and plans in place. For both public safety and fiscal reasons, local and regional governments must plan how to prepare for changing climate. This conference offers one-stop access to exceptional speakers and workshop leaders who represent many practical facets of responding to climate change and tested actions for implementing local solutions. Learn how to engage key stakeholders, collaborate with vulnerable groups, and deal effectively with the increased frequency and intensity of storm events, more numerous extreme heat days, sea level rise, and coastal storm surge. These impacts include flooding of homes, businesses, and institutions, extended and more intense seasonal allergies, illnesses and deaths from high heat days, disruption of businesses and transportation routes, spread of some waterborne and infectious diseases, and in some cases, the option of retreat from impacts.
The 2018 Local Solutions conference will build the capacity of participants to take action on climate change in the face of uncertainty. Sessions and speakers will address the dependability of climate science, what we know about when and how climate change-related events will occur, strengthening clarity in communicating risks, and building public awareness and coordinated support at the municipal and other local levels
The conference programs build on the expertise of the conference Steering Committee, representing a broad and diverse mix of federal, state, and municipal officials, climate experts, environmental organizations, educators, and private businesses. This conference is geared for:
· Local decision-makers (municipal, county, regional, watershed);
· Elected and appointed officials (city councilors, Select board members, Planning Board members, Conservation Commission Members, Zoning Board members);
· Municipal and county professionals (city, county, and town managers; emergency management staff, planners, public works staff, zoning staff);
· State and regional personnel (energy and environment officials, hazard mitigation officers, public health officials, regional planners);
· Climate change adaptation professionals
· Emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation professionals
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