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Mentorship Spotlight: Urbanized Coastal Adaptation

Mentee Melanie Lander is an environmental planner with a specialization in coastal resiliency. She has worked for the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program since 2017 and is based in Honolulu, HI. Melanie is currently responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) for the State of Hawaii. Her role focuses on coordination between governmental agencies at the federal, state, and county levels whos e activities both on land and in the sea impact the overall health of our coastal resources. 

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Mentorship Spotlight: Pushing the Limits

Mentee Juanita Constible works for the Climate and Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), focusing on climate change and health. Her experience prior to joining NRDC includes authoring a book about climate change for high school classrooms, overseeing the Science and Solutions Department at the Climate Reality Project, and serving as an adviser to the Climate Action Campaign. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in biology from the University of Victoria in Canada, and a climate change and health certificate from the Yale School of Public Health.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Professional Masters Degree

ASAP and Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) are offering a scholarship to ASAP members to participate in the January 2020 cohort of the interdisciplinary Executive Master of Natural Resources graduate degree program focusing on Leadership for Sustainability in the context of climate change. One $10,000 scholarship is available for an outstanding ASAP Member candidate who adds to the diversity of professional roles, experience, and perspectives in the student cohort. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available if more than one eligible candidate applies. Interested ASAP members should first reach out to XMNR admissions director, Emily Talley, at [email protected] and must apply to the program by October 1, 2019.

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Mentorship Spotlight: Adaptation Knowledge Networks

Alexander Hurley is Jr. Vice President of Operations for smart-cities startup firm Venture Smarter, Inc. and leads the company’s energy and resilience practice. He is dedicated to supporting governments, businesses, and universities that are researching, building, funding, and deploying smart and sustainable solutions to make better places to live, work, play, and visit. Alex completed a Master of Science in Environmental Studies degree through Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in May of 2018. In this degree program, he studied the nature of large organizational partnership networks focused on developing localized climate change policies and programs.

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