The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) announced today that after five years of incubation and strategic planning ASAP is now a fully stand-alone organization.

ASAP’s independence is a result of a long-standing collaboration between the newly formed nonprofit and ISC, culminating in a $600,000 award from The Kresge Foundation which serves as a cornerstone of support for the member organization. This grant from The Kresge Foundation marks the second investment the Michigan-based philanthropy has made in ASAP’s future.

“This milestone for ASAP demonstrates the increasing maturity of the field and the recognized need for greater standardization, acceleration, and enhancement of our field. Through The Kresge Foundation’s investment, we will be able to implement a vision of climate adaptation and resilience work that is equitable, ethical, and effective,” said ASAP Executive Director Beth Gibbons. “We’re grateful to ISC for this success and welcome ISC as a close partner in furthering climate resilience and adaptation practices.”

Today, ASAP is the nation’s leading professional society for adaptation and resilience practitioners with over 1,000 members. Beyond this transition, ASAP will continue to develop the field of adaptation professionals at a time of growing importance through network development and thought leadership. 

“Climate adaptation remains a relatively young field of practice in the U.S., and ASAP‘s offerings are needed to bring the field to a mature state,” said Lois Debacker, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program. “ISC has done a great service in incubating ASAP, which now is poised to grow further in effectiveness as a stand-alone organization.”

Since 2011, ISC has incubated ASAP as it built a strong membership base of adaptation professionals and advanced innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. ISC has a long history of enhancing civil society by creating new nonprofits or supporting promising nonprofits that contribute to building stronger communities around the world.

“Over the last five years, we’ve helped ASAP evolve from a great idea, initiated by a small group of committed and creative climate leaders from across the country, into a strong, independent professional society that is poised to take the field of climate adaptation to a higher level,” said ISC Vice President Steve Nicholas. “We’re thrilled with this success and are proud to fulfill the commitment ISC made to the adaptation and resilience community when ASAP was first formed.”

Going forward, ASAP and ISC will remain connected as strategic partners committed to building resilience and strengthening the adaptation field together. ISC is now an institutional partner of ASAP and will continue to serve on ASAP’s Resilience Dialogues Leadership Committee. ISC’s Director of Urban Resilience Steve Adams will also remain the President of the ASAP Board of Directors.

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