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Date(s) - 11/17/2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am Eastern Time


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The people of Newtok, Alaska may be North America’s first climate change refugees, as the village rapidly loses ground to the unstoppable Ninglick River. The Bering Sea village is one of many threatened by coastal erosion as sea ice retreats, permafrost melts, and the earth beneath them washes away. This summer the Cold Climate Housing Research Center is working with Newtok to build a demonstration home that reflects the climate and culture of the Yup’ik Eskimo community. The home uses electrical and water/sewer systems that can operate with or without public utilities and will be built on skis so it can be relocated to the future site. Jack Hébert will talk about working with local communities to design housing that is affordable, climate appropriate, and resilient.

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