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Adaptation Awards

ASAP's two award programs, the Regional Adaptation Leadership Award and the Prize for Progress, respectively highlight excellence in adaptation leadership and excellence in adaptation practices of communities and organizations. These programs are a critical component of ASAP's work supporting and connecting adaptation professionals, standardizing and advancing the adaptation field of practice, and fostering innovative adaptation action.

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Regional Adaptation Leadership Award

The ASAP Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. It recognizes the fact that deliberate, proactive adaptation, preparedness, and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of doing something new and different. At its heart are individuals who make this change happen, sometimes with very few resources. The RALA recognizes distinguished adaptation leaders who approach their work in a strategic, sophisticated, well informed, inclusive, and effective manner. 

Learn about our fabulous 2020 finalists from New England and the Carolinas


Winners: Andy Gunther, Executive Coordinator, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium & Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability and Climate Action Manager, City of Santa Cruz; Larry Greene, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Finalist: Nicola Hedge, Director of Environmental Initiatives, The San Diego Foundation

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New England

Winner: Julie Wormser, Deputy Director, Mystic River Watershed Association & Sherri Godlewski, Resilience and
Adaptation Manager, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Finalists: Pam Rubinoff, Associate Coastal Manager, Coastal Resilience, Extension Specialist, Rhode Island Sea Grant; Jennifer West, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Providence, RI; Melissa Ocana, Climate Adaptation Coordinator and Extension Project Manager, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mia Goldwasser Mansfield, Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston; Grover Fugate, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council



Winner: Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation & Founder, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition & Holly White, Principal Planner, Town of Nags Head, North Carolina

Finalists: Lori Ziolkowski, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment; Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary and State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality; Albert George, Director of Conservation, South Carolina Aquarium; Steven Frank, Associate Professor of Entomology, North Carolina State University; John Fear, Deputy Director, North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute

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Great Lakes

Winner: Chris Swanston, Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Finalists: Matt Gray, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland, OH; Jessica Hellmann, Director, University of Minnesota , Institute on the Environment; & Heather Stirratt,Great Lakes Lead, NOAA National Ocean Service Office for Coastal Management

2020 RALA Ceremony 

Learn more about ASAP's regional work here.

Prize for Progress

ASAP is proud to present the Prize for Progress program, where we award practitioners to recognize their contributions to the development of the field and resilience in their communities. Sign up to receive notification of future awards!

View our past finalist snapshots!



The space where innovation and climate resilience meet

Each session of the Adaptation Co-Creation Series will showcase on-the-ground adaptation practice across a variety of sectors and regions. Through this program we are putting the spotlight on the role of private sector service providers and the valuable partnerships they form with municipalities, states, tribes, and other entities to advance the adaptation field and promote innovation and excellence in practice. 

Past Sessions: 

June 2020 - Webinar 1: Reducing the risk of coastal flooding through redesigned storm standards, updated codes, and new infrastructure design.

Did you miss it? Want to see it again? Review the recording here. View the blog post here.

August 2020 - Webinar 2: Innovations in Adaptation Finance.

Did you miss it? Want to see it again? Review the recording here. You can also review the slides here. View the blog post here. 


Upcoming Sessions 

April 2021 - Still Available to Sponsor!

To get involved email Beth Gibbons directly at or complete this interest form: ASAP Co-Creation Series Interest Form

2018 - 2019 The Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Webinar Series

Jointly hosted by ASAP, the University of Arizona's School of Sustainability University of the District of Columbia, and the Security and Sustainability Forum The Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Webinar Series introduced participants to climate change adaptation leaders working in adaptation and resilience policy, innovation and technology, and climate justice and social equity from across various scales of government, and the private and non-profit sectors. Each session highlighted how these experts are putting effective, equitable and ethical climate adaptation into practice, creating benefits for constituents, customers, and expanding the market for climate solution technologies.

Over 2000 attendees participated in the three part webinar series. Participants came away with: 

  1. A better understanding of why and how to act now to adapt to climate change, including how to decrease risks and seize opportunities.
  2. Concrete examples of how leaders are accelerating climate change adaptation action and how they can replicate these actions in their own work.
  3. The ability to identify key stakeholders needed to create robust and equitable resilience, including residents, political partners, aligned professionals in the health, urban planning, and engineering fields, and local and global businesses.

View the webinars here.

Newsletter Archive

Welcome to the ASAP Member News Archive! Each bi-weekly newsletter provides highlights from the field including best adaptation actions, case studies, reports, and opportunities to engage in the adaptation community.