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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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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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ASAP Announces 2018 New England Regional Adaptation Leadership Awards

The ASAP Regional Adaptation Leadership Award recognizes that deliberate and 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. The award recognizes and celebrates that at the heart of adaptation innovation and action are individuals who make this change happen — sometimes with very few resources. Earlier this month at the Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference in Manchester, NH, ASAP presented the RALA to three adaptation leaders from the New England region.

Winner: Sherry Godlewski

Sherry Godlewski embodies the very essence of the Regional Adaptation Leadership Award: She has dedicated 17 years to working for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ water, air, waste, and environmental health programs. Sherry is recognized by her colleagues for understanding how to work with people — and how to get things done! She brings stakeholders together, builds communities of understanding, and has launched multiple adaptation networks. Her ability to design, implement, evaluate and improve programs is a testament to her passion of her work, willingness to learn, and dedication to improvement.

A trained environmental communicator and former college instructor, Sherry is committed to providing science-based education and technical assistance to support New Hampshire state agencies and communities’ resilience efforts. To achieve this vision, Sherry has worked to build collaborative networks across the state, including the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW), Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW), and State Agency Environmental Resilience Group (SERG). Serving as the current Co-Chair to each of these groups, Sherry has helped guide organizational missions and visions, design and deliver educational material, conceptualize and implement project proposals, and inform and coordinate adaptation activities across the state.

Runner-up: Mia Goldwasser Mansfield

As the Program Manager for Climate Ready Boston, Mia led the development of Boston’s first climate resilience plan. The plan developed the city’s first consensus-driven climate projections and vulnerability assessment, and outlines a set of actionable resilience initiatives for the city to pursue. Mia’s vision is to proactively prepare Boston for climate change in a way that improves lives for all the city’s residents, particularly those most vulnerable to climate change. Her vision for the work has helped to ensure that the process included robust community engagement, as well as strong overlap with the 100 Resilient Cities process for building an equitable and resilient city.

Runner-up: Grover Fugate

Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, has become synonymous with the concept of “coastal community resiliency.” His vision, even before Superstorm Sandy significantly changed or damaged major portions of the state’s southern coastline, has for nearly two decades focused quite closely on the need to start preparing the state’s 21 coastal communities for the impacts of sea level rise and strong storms to come. With the University of Rhode Island, the Coastal Resources Management Council prepared the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP), the state’s first comprehensive set of
adaptation and resiliency recommendations designed to support state and municipal efforts to meet the bchallenges of climate change.

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ASAP Assumes Leadership of Resilience Dialogues

ASAP is excited to announce that we will be integrating the Resilience Dialogues program into the suite of ASAP services later this year.  Leadership of the Resilience Dialogues will transfer from the American Geophysical Union to ASAP to better reflect the multidisciplinary nature the program.  Through Resilience Dialogues, ASAP will be able to expand professional development and professional service opportunities for members, apply the content we’re creating for standards and training development, and assess emerging needs in the adaptation and resilience fields.

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Announcing​ ​Three​ ​New​ ​Members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Society​ ​of​ ​Adaptation Professionals​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors

Announcing Three New Members of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals Board of Directors

Congratulations to Jessica Grannis, Jennifer Jurado, and Jacqueline Patterson, the newly appointed members of the ASAP Board of Directors! They’ll serve alongside Steve Adams, Joyce Coffee, Josh Foster, Eric Mielbrecht, John Nordgren, and Missy Stults.

Jessica Grannis

Jessica Grannis currently serves as the Adaptation Program Manager for the Georgetown Climate Center and an Adjunct Professor for the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown Law. In this role, she oversees staff and student projects to provide direct legal and policy support to states and local governments as they plan for and implement policies to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Recently, Jessica worked with the 100 Resilient Cities network to create a report on policy recommendations for reforming the National Flood Insurance Program. Jessica has over 10 years of experience working on adaptation and environmental law issues with adaptation practitioners from different sectors and disciplines. In her former role as Staff Attorney for the California Ocean Protection Council, she helped craft the state’s coastal adaptation strategy and helped the council’s staff navigate potential legal and policy challenges.

Jennifer Jurado

Dr. Jennifer Jurado currently serves as Chief Resiliency Officer and Director of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division for Broward County, Florida. In this role, she oversees regional and organizational climate resilience initiatives, water resource policy and planning, environmental monitoring, shoreline protection, and marine resources programs. Since joining the county in 2002, Jennifer has been a key figure in the advancement of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water resource sustainability and management, climate adaptation efforts, and the integration of climate policy in comprehensive planning. She has played a prominent role in analyzing and planning for future sea level rise in the built environment, and recently wrote an article on community resilience in Go Riverwalk magazine. Jennifer has also made significant contributions to the organization and advancement of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a four-county collaboration focused on regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and to the president’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In 2013, she was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her leadership on climate resilience. Jennifer holds a doctoral degree in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami.

Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson currently serves as the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Previously, she served as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Women of Color United and as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, emergency response, and environmental and climate justice. The NAACP, in partnership with the Clean Air Task Force, published a landmark report demonstrating the health risks to African American communities from airborne pollutants caused by oil and natural gas development. Jacqueline served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the Advisory Board for the Center for Earth Ethics, and the boards of directors for the Institute of the Black World, the Center for Story Based Strategy, GRID Alternatives, and the U.S. Climate Action Network. Jacqueline holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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While There’s a Microphone in Our Hands

We’ve all read the stories and seen the news clips. We all know about the trillions of gallons of water that flooded Texas. We know that Florida residents have been displaced, some killed. We know that the building materials which covered natural flood mitigation landscapes kept the water above ground. Some of our ASAP members are experiencing this personally. Our thoughts are with them.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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