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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 will help celebrate progress in an emerging field and strengthen the professional foundations of current climate adaptation efforts.
All public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations within the United States and its territories that have implemented projects to reduce the vulnerability of human and/or natural systems are welcome to apply. Nominations are welcome, though applications must be submitted by an organization directly involved in the implementation of the project.
Applications shall be submitted via the ASAP Application Form no later than February 8, 2017. Applicants will tell their success story to other practitioners adapting to climate change using the following outline. The application process is in two phases.
If the applicant is selected for the second phase of the evaluation, more detailed information will be requested. Project narratives for the first phase are limited to 1,000 words.
- Brief Description of Project(s): Include where the project was located, who was involved, and when it occurred.
- Documentation of Progress Achieved: Provide information on how the program reduced vulnerability to the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change (qualitative and/or quantitative), co-benefits of the action (e.g. economic benefits, public health, communication), and any longer-term benefits that the action will have on this community and others.
- Explanation of How the Progress was Achieved: Include information on how the people and organizations involved were motivated and organized, what resources they obtained, and the strategies (including technological resources) were used to contribute to the progress made.
Applicants are also asked to provide:
- Detailed contact information of the applicant (individual or organization)
- A title for their project (120 characters or less)
- Relevant ASAP Interest Area(s)
All applications will be evaluated in a two-step process.
- Applications will be screened by the Selection Committee, a volunteer group of ASAP members representing the geographic and sectoral diversity of the ASAP membership. The highest ranking applications will be moved to the second round as finalists.
- The Selection Committee will request additional information in the form of a longer project narrative and relevant additional supporting material from the finalists in order to get a more complete picture of the project. Applicants may also be requested to participate in a telephone interview. The committee will review and rank the finalists to determine the winner of the 2017 Prize for Progress.
Applications will be evaluated on three primary criteria.
- Effectiveness: The project or initiative must have achieved tangible results in reducing net losses or decreasing vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather. The project was designed to be successful both now and in the future, e.g. it was designed to be adaptive or responsive to future environmental or climate conditions. It must have considered indirect effects such as potential maladaptation as well.
- Significance: The project or initiative addresses a major climate change issue of concern to many communities. The magnitude and duration of the impact of the project both within and beyond the community is considered. The project should also match the scale of the challenge or impact.
- Innovation: The project or initiative explores a new approach, design, or development that adds or furthers a promising practice to the field of adaptation.
PRESENTATION / RECOGNITION
All finalists will be recognized through the ASAP website, newsletter, and other media prior to the announcement of the winner(s). The finalists in attendance at the National Adaptation Forum will be asked to participate in the awards ceremony and be officially recognized for their achievement.
The 2017 ASAP Prize for Progress winner will receive:
- 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.