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LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

In case you missed it, this op-ed by Antioch University New England's Michael Simpson and Abi Abrash-Walton (Keene Sentinel, July 15, 2013) is an excellent piece that captures the urgency of New England's shifting weather patterns and implications, not only for ecosystems but businesses, government and communities - as well as opportunities for action. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love good questions, and Michael and Abby present a really great one for us think about:
"How can communities become “climate ready” by assessing vulnerabilities, reducing risks and enhancing resilience?"
To this end, Michael and Abby are heading up an amazing team of sustainability and resilience leaders to present the LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference in May 2014. 

I'm excited about the Educators' Summit, of course, and about the extraordinary combination of leadership represented by the Educators' Summit Advisory Committee (which includes several of my mentors at AUNE).

From the event flyer: 

Antioch University New England and the US EPA are hosting a regional conference for local educators, planners, and decision makers who want to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle the impacts of climate change.
The Educators Summit will help middle and high school teachers design community-based, problem-solving curriculum that will teach students how to:
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments
  • Protect natural and social systems that maintain resilience
  • Create community action plans for adapting to forecasted changes
  • Build community support to implement adaptive responses
  • Use the government in responding to climate change
  • Network with schools, community planners and leaders working toward solving similar problems
I plan to go, and hope to see you there! Visit the Conference website at: www.antiochne.edu/climate-prepare/

In the meantime, I'll be trying to grow more tomatoes, traveling by bicycle more often, and doing committee work as a "Catalyst" for AASHE's new Listening Project. Stay tuned!