Making Moves on Climate Migration and Managed Retreat

To Start… We, the ASAP Climate Migration and Managed Retreat member-led interest group, are excited to share below our updates and highlights from the past few months. We’ve seen the topic get elevated in various forms such as the Biden Administrations’ Executive Order 14013, the subsequent letter from the Mayor’s Migration Council and the related…

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Exploring Climate Migration in the Great Lakes

In the spring of 2020, ASAP began working with partners across the Great Lakes to explore what’s needed to prepare the region to receive climate migrants. This work is bringing together disparate voices and perspectives – from demographers and climatologists to natural resource managers and community based organizations – and laying the foundations for socially…

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Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We are writing this letter today to affirm life and the work that needs to happen to preserve it, especially in communities at the forefront of adaptation. Our profession is one that both cares for and celebrates the natural world and life in all of its forms; as adaptation professionals, one of our main concerns…

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Updated Professional Guidance Resources

Updated ASAP Professional Guidance Resources better integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts and language Updated versions of the ASAP Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics, Living Guide to the Principles of Climate Change Adaptation, and ASAP Professional Guidance Resources Glossary are now available in the ASAP Resource Library! Key changes include: Revised language in…

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2020 Texas Regional Adaptation Leadership Award Finalists

Erika Bierschbach Austin Energy, Vice President, Energy Market Operations & Resource Planning Erika is advancing the City of Austin’s goal of providing carbon-free energy to residents through innovative and bold programs.  Erika Bierschbach has been instrumental in advancing the City of Austin’s goal of providing 100% carbon-free energy to residents by 2035. Carbon-free electricity is…

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Announcing the New York State Climate Migration Modeling Accelerator. Applications due December 14.

INTRODUCTION As communities, ecosystems, and economies are pummelled by worsening climate disasters, the world is opening its eyes to an unavoidable consequence: human migration. But researchers and practitioners are just beginning to think about where people will move to — and how to prepare so-called climate-receiving communities. We must act now to establish the foundation…

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New Mentorship Program Co-Chairs

ASAP is excited to kick off the 2021 Mentorship Program with the leadership of our new program co-chairs. Welcome to the team, Kim and Tori!  Tori Griffin started her educational career at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI studying Marketing and Communications. Her studies sparked an interest in the decision-making process, but she longed for…

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Adaptation Is On The Ballot

Very few events in the world are as influential as the U.S. federal election, and this election is like none other. Throughout our history we have seen policies implemented –or removed– to have hindered progress to slow climate change, but these past four years have been brutal not only in our approach to science but…

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Celebrating Regional Adaptation Leadership Award Finalists

When the pandemic hit in March, ASAP was gearing up for an inspiring season of Regional Adaptation Fora and Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) ceremonies. While it quickly became clear this was not the year for in-person conferences, carrying forward the spirit of the RALA – strong leadership that inspires action and cultivates grounded hope…

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Mentorship Spotlight: Adaptation Through an Environmental Justice Lens

Mentee Caroline Resor is a Strategy Associate for the American Flood Coalition in Washington, DC. Prior to AFC, Caroline worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on a machine learning flood model for Ellicott City. Previously, she was a Senior Analyst with sustainable infrastructure investor Hannon Armstrong. She worked with wind and solar energy companies…

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