Strength in Local Leadership

Together, we can create the future we envision. Photo credit: @benjaminthacker

We are the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. Every day, we change and adapt, responding to threats imminent and distant, to create a better future. Yesterday, we were handed a new challenge. Today, it’s time for us to do what we do best—adapt. (more…)

Interest Topics:

San Francisco Wins 2017 Prize for Progress in Adaptation

1

Congratulations to the City and County of San Francisco!

Winner of the 2017 ASAP Prize for Progress in Adaptation

The American Society of Adaptation professionals has awarded the City and County of San Francisco the 2017 Prize for Progress at the Annual Adaptation Awards in St. Paul, Minnesota as a pre-National Adaptation Forum event.

Under the direction of Democratic Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco created the city’s first official policy directing its response to the threat of sea level rise: Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco: Assessing Vulnerability and Risk to Support Adaptation.

Developed by a multi-agency committee led by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the policy has been an effective tool for evaluating the sea level rise vulnerability of capital investments in the city’s Ten-Year Capital Plan. Since adoption in 2014, the guidance has led to the modification of several capital projects in the city.

Learn more about the guidance in the 2017 Prize for Progress Winner Snapshot.

Interest Topics:

Prize for Progress Award Winner Announced

 

Contact: Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Managing Director

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: 202-904-9946

Prize for Progress Award Winner Announced

American Society of Adaptation Professionals Honors City and County of San Francisco

St. Paul, Minn. — May 9, 2017 — The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) awarded its 2017 Prize for Progress to the City and County of San Francisco for groundbreaking work incorporating sea level rise into capital planning.

“The Prize for Progress honors the important adaptation work of communities and groups—like the City and County of San Francisco—who are taking action now to protect human lives and natural systems against the immediate and long-term effects of climate change,” said ASAP Managing Director Beth Gibbons. “By highlighting this innovative work and sharing these success stories, we hope to improve and accelerate climate adaptation efforts across the country.”

San Francisco is the second recipient of this biannual prize, which recognizes innovative communities and organizations taking leadership in decreasing the vulnerability of human and natural systems to climate change.

The Bay Area is projected to see a rise in sea levels of between 36-66 inches by 2100, threatening roads, water treatment plants, San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as homes and businesses.

Under the direction of Democratic Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco created the city’s first official policy directing its response to the threat of sea level rise: Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco: Assessing Vulnerability and Risk to Support Adaptation.

Developed by a multi-agency committee led by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the policy has been an effective tool for evaluating the sea level rise vulnerability of capital investments in the city’s Ten-Year Capital Plan. Since adoption in 2014, the guidance has led to the modification of several capital projects in the city.

 Gibbons presented the 2017 Prize for Progress to the City and County of San Francisco at the Adaptation Award Ceremony hosted by ASAP as a pre-National Adaptation Forum event. Four runners-up, the Huron River Watershed Council, The Conservation Fund, Menominee Tribal Enterprises and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, were also recognized for their innovation and leadership in the field of climate adaptation.

###

About the American Society of Adaptation Professionals

ASAP connects and supports climate adaptation professionals while advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. ASAP’s membership spans 48 states, over 1000 members and over 400 organizations. ASAP to connect people across sectors, scales, and geographies is makes the organization uniquely qualified for scaling best practices, setting national standards, serving as the voice of the profession, and providing a broad and deep community to professionals in the adaptation field and all climate-impacted people. ASAP is supported by the Institute for Sustainable Communities with funding from the MacArthur Foundation. Learn more at https://adaptationprofessionals.org

About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 26 years of practical experience working with local leaders. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC’s innovative EHS programs are public-private partnerships that have trained more than 35,000 factory managers from more than 11,700 suppliers and 150 brands. ISC has led 108 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in China, India, Bangladesh and the United States. Learn more at iscvt.org

Communication and Engagement Intern

The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) is seeking a 20 hour/week intern to support the development of climate adaptation resources for its diverse membership of adaptation professionals across the United States. ASAP helps build essential climate resilience for communities across the country by focusing on connecting and supporting the individual adaptation professionals. ASAP provides a platform for climate adaptation leaders to interact, share what’s working, and collaborate with their colleagues. ASAP is headquartered in Ypsilanti, MI with administrative support through the Institute for Sustainable Communities, in Montpelier, VT.

Interest Topics:

Projects and Evaluation Affinity Group – March 2017

1

This is the recording from the American Society of Adaptation Professionals’ March 2017 Projects & Evaluation Affinity Group meeting. The webinar reviewed climate change adaptation indicators and metrics from effective evaluation, and summarized existing adaptation evaluation methods with special guest James Arnott from the Associate Director at Aspen Global Change Institute.

Interest Topics:

Adaptation Field Review – Promising Practices

ASAP members are invited to participate in a rapid review of the (1) best practices, (2) needs, (3) and existing resources across the climate adaptation field in the United States. We are preparing the initial review of resources and insights on best practices and needs ahead of the National Adaptation Forum. During the Forum we will provide an opportunity to further refine the resource lists and identify best practices and needs. We hope that you will participate in this review in one or all of the following manners:

2017 ASAP Member Meeting

17

Join ASAP members from across the country as we meet for our first in-person ASAP Member Meeting! The ASAP Member Meeting will kick off a week of adaptation learning and networking events at the National Adaptation Forum. Our Member Meeting will provide ASAP members a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the adaptation practice across the country, network with peers from the public, private and academic sectors, and take a leadership role in shaping and advancing the priorities of the field and our organization. All attendees will receive a Member Handbook and Guide to the National Adaptation Forum, which includes an outline of the ASAP 2020 Vision and a first draft of the ASAP Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics. 

Interest Topics:

Corporate Insights on Climate Action

The American Society of Adaptation Professionals and Companies Vs Climate Change co-hosted a panel to share how leading corporation are taking action on climate change. ASAP board member Joyce Coffee spoke with leaders from Standard and Poor’s, AECOM, and Swiss RE in a discussion on how they are integrating climate change adaptation into their strategic planning, business optimization, and client engagement approaches. Find the details and bios of the speakers here.

Interest Topics:

Upcoming Webinar: Corporate Insights on Climate Adaptation

Click here to view the recording of this webinar from January 11, 2017.

The American Society for Adaptation Professionals and Companies Vs Climate Change are teaming up to bring you a sensational panel exploring how leading corporation are taking action on climate change. Join us as Joyce Coffee hosts leaders from Standard and Poors, AECOM, and Swiss RE in a discussion on how they are integrating climate change adaptation into their strategic planning, business optimization, and client engagement approaches.

Speakers will include:

Josh Sawislak
Josh Sawislak, AICP
Global Director of Resilience, AECOM Design and Consulting Services

Check out his biography as ‘Resilience and Climate Adaptation Provocateur’ on his Huffington Post author profile.

Alex Kaplan
Alex Kaplan
Senior Client Manager | Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re Management (US) Corporation

Find his bio and contact information here.

 

Pektkov, Miroslav
Miroslav Petkov
Director of Insurance Ratings, Standard & Poor’s
Find his bio and contact information here.

Hosted by ASAP Board Member:

Joyce Coffee

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP
Founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting

Find her bio, blog and contact information here.

Click here to register for this conversation, happening next Wednesday, January 11 from 1:00-2:00pm (ET).

2017 ASAP Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change

2

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 PRIZE FOR PROGRESS WINNER, THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO!

PURPOSE OF THE PRIZE

The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve and accelerate professional practice in climate adaptation by highlighting the practices of leading U.S. communities and organizations that have reduced net losses and decreased vulnerability of natural/human systems to extreme weather events and climate change. The promising practices from these models will provide guidance and encouragement for other communities. The prize celebrates progress in an emerging field and strengthens the professional foundations of current climate adaptation efforts.

All public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations within the United States and its territories that had implemented projects to reduce the vulnerability of human and/or natural systems were welcome to apply. Applications were submitted by the organization directly involved in the implementation of the project.

The 2017 Prize for Progress was presented May 8 at the 2017 Adaptation Awards Ceremony

 

 

Representatives from the City and County of San Francisco, the 2017 ASAP Prize for Progress winner, received:

  • A complimentary registration to the National Adaptation Forum (a $525 value)
  • Recognition at the National Adaptation Forum during a featured award ceremony
  • Promotional support for the featured work via ASAP’s website, newsletter, webinar programs, social media, and through the development and distribution of a case study on the program.

Interest Topics: