Upcoming Events

2021 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference.

The Conference will take place Tuesday, April 13th – Friday, April 16th, 2021 and has been moved to a virtual event.

The 2021 Watershed and Stormwater Conference will provide a forum for watershed and stormwater professionals throughout the nation to learn how to increase the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to our water resources — from headwaters to coasts. Network with water resource managers, practitioners, researchers, and regulators from all over the United States. The conference will include technical presentations, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and field trips.

The National Conference’s central theme is Water Issues & Solutions to Climatic Regions Nationwide.

Beginning at 12:00 EST each day

This virtual forum will bring together Extension faculty, staff­, federal representatives, administrators, interested partners and constituents to address the question:
What can/should the Cooperative Extension System do to advance climate change programming?

Monday, April 19 (12:00 – 1:30pm EDT)  
Setting the Stage: How can the Cooperative Extension System rise to our full potential in advancing climate change programming? An informal space with breakouts to better connect with colleagues engaged in and passionate about climate change initiatives in Extension. 

Tuesday, April 20 (12:00 – 1:30pm EDT)
Digging Deeper into Extension Climate Programming with State Leadership Panels 

Wednesday, April 21 (12:00 – 2:00pm EDT)
Elevating and Amplifying Action

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Take part in a week’s worth of events with guest speakers to help you understand the impacts our changing climate is having on the Sunshine State. Hear from industry leaders and front-line advocates about the effects climate change is having in your community, and how to become a part of the solution to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.

All FCW events will be virtual and FREE to access. Find sessions based on your interests in the Florida Climate Week interactive platform. Ask questions, network with other attendees, and so much more. Register for one or all events from the convenience of home

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Join us for CAVU's 2nd annual Climate Innovation Challenge Showcase! This 100% free, online event will take place on Tuesday, April 20th from 5:00pm - 6:15pm.


The Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) is a STEAM program that challenges New Mexico students to come up with unique ideas on how we can adapt to increasing climate impacts like floods, fires, drought, rising temperatures.


We encourage students to, “think globally and adapt locally,” creating solutions that they can implement themselves in their communities. This showcase recognizes the best student achievements of the year.


With a grand prize of $1,000, our MacGyver Award will go to the project that encapsulates the perfect CIC project: a completely novel, engaging video presentation that clearly demonstrates an innovative climate adaptation strategy.

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Our future depends on our collective ability to become effective stewards of the global commons – the climate, ice, land, ocean, freshwater, forests, soils and rich diversity of life.

The first Nobel Prize Summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity?

Across three days, the virtual event will combine keynotes and lively discussion with live performance and theatre. Speakers will explore solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.

The summit will ask: what can we learn from our collective response to the global pandemic? And, how can societies distinguish facts from fiction in a new information ecosystem?

The Nobel Prize Summit is hosted by the Nobel Foundation and organised by the National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre/Beijer Institute.

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In recent years, there has been significant progress in U.S. Gulf Coast coastal flood observations, modeling, and forecasting efforts with communities facing more frequent and severe flooding, inundation, and sea-level rise. Many of these products and observations are now designed in active partnership with local and state partners, and are intended to assist community stakeholders with addressing today’s coastal flood hazards and future flooding, inundation, coastal change, and sea-level rise. This workshop will serve as a forum for assembling the research community working on these various Gulf Coast efforts to improve integration and collaboration among these entities to better serve coastal stakeholders. The workshop will also showcase case studies for how these products are evolving to meet a range of coastal stakeholder needs for addressing contemporary and future coastal flood hazards. Finally, the workshop will have an emphasis throughout on engaging with under-served and under-resourced communities. At the front lines of these impacts, it is critical that the research community’s approaches for working with coastal communities include intentional efforts to reach the entirety of our coastal populations.

The goals of the workshop include:​

  • Compile and characterize a set of ongoing coastal solutions projects that actively engage stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level to co-design and deploy observing and modeling frameworks for coastal inundation and change along U.S. Coasts. SESSION 1
  • Review and synthesize stakeholder needs to help identify a set of core services (data collection and modeling/predictions) and solutions platforms (e.g. visualization and mobile app, community participatory processes, etc.) that are shared across regions while recognizing the unique characteristics and associated needs of individual communities. SESSION 2
  • Identify the highest priority (cross-cutting) short-term (6mos-1yr) and long-term (3-5yrs) research tasks that support the creation of core services that meet stakeholder needs. SESSION 2
  • Establish a roadmap for engaging the stakeholder community through subsequent workshops or listening sessions to improve integration and collaboration among west coast observing and modeling entities with the aim of enhancing stakeholder services. SESSION 2

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The conversation series includes four webinars that will explore various aspects of injustices through the lens of climate change. ALL are welcome in the audience - UM community and beyond - please join us! 

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 11:00 AM - 1:10 PM (EDT)

Building on Sessions 1 and 2, the final session in the 20-21 Series on Resiliency and Sea Level Rise looks at a changing climate and the land uses that speed forward while regulations and other water quality solutions lag behind. This session discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of increasing rain events, and population (regardless of thoughtful land planning). We explore the need to update storm water regulations to address increasing quantities of water and human waste  (as a by-product and for use in commercial agricultural products), where it winds up – and the harmful algal blooms that result. There are regulations. There are solutions. But when the rain comes, are they enough to protect the aquatic life and endangered species that need clean water to live?
 

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart

WATER QUALITY: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart | Douglas MacLaughlin, Esq., Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach | Anne Murray, PG, CPG, Martin County Utilities & Solid Waste, Stuart

LAKE OKEECHOBEE REGULATION AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, St. Petersburg

STORMWATER RULEMAKING: Susan Roeder Martin, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, Boca Raton

POST LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP: Brendan Mackesey, Pinellas County Attorney's Office, Clearwater

Q&A AND CLOSING: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart

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Hosted by the Florida Section, ACE 2021 will unite professionals from major industry, private sector, consulting, government and education for an exciting event that will explore the ever-expanding environmental challenges and provide solutions to becoming and remaining resilient for tomorrow.

ACE 2021 will be held in a fully-virtual, interactive format to ensure the safety of all attendees, volunteers, and employees.  Technical content will be delivered through many livestream sessions, on-demand videos and recorded presentations, and we will be adding interactive Q & A and networking opportunities for authors, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.

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 Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.

Save the date: June 29 - July 1, 2021.

Accepting abstracts through January 31, 2021.

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The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT.

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The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is happy to announce the first webinar in the webinar/workshop series "Standardizing Sea-Level Scenarios for Gulf of Mexico Projects."

Very often projects involving sea-level rise start out with the same question - how much sea-level rise and by when? Often the processes of determining which scenarios takes a great deal of time. Additionally, different projects settle on different scenarios making it difficult to compare results between projects. The Cooperative partners have identified addressing this issue as a priority goal for 2016.

The Cooperative would like to invite experts in SLR and those who frequently work on SLR projects in the Gulf to come to collaborate in identifying recommended scenarios. The goal is a suite of recommended scenarios for use across a variety of projects as well as a brief user guide to encourage its use on the Gulf Coast.

This process will take time and instead of dealing with such a large issue with such a large group in one meeting, we are planning a series of webinars and workshops. The first webinar will happen on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. CST, and it will be a background/kick-off webinar addressing the series goals and outlining national, regional and local scenarios.

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In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.

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