How Climate Change Affects Many Aspects of Our Region, and Who’s Doing What About It
Climate change has the potential to affect everyone on the planet and virtually every aspect of our lives, including here in the Upper Valley.The good news is that many throughout the Upper Valley are working to combat climate change and help our communities adapt–from utilities switching to low-carbon power sources to communities creating riverside buffer zones.The public is invited to find out the range of ways climate change impacts our region, who is doing what, and how individuals can get involved, at a Climate Partners Summit on Thursday, Feb. 25, 3 to 4:30 pm. Register at vc.org/adaptation.
Hosted by the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW), the summit starts with an update on the latest climate science followed by a panel of UVAW partners sharing how climate adaptation weaves through many areas of work. Speakers are:
- Michael Caduto, Director – Sustainable Woodstock
- Matt Cahillane, Program Manager – NH Department of Public Health Services
- Kevin Geiger, AICP – Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
- Kate McCarthy, AICP, Sustainable Communities Program Director – Vermont Natural Resources Council
- Peg Merrens, Vice President, Conservation – Upper Valley Land Trust
- Erich Osterberg, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences – Dartmouth College
- Ron Rhodes, Director of Restoration Programs – Connecticut River Conservancy
- Jack Spicer, Clerk, Climate Advisory Committee for the Town of Hartford
- Graham Turk, Innovation Strategist – Green Mountain Power
Founded in 2011, UVAW is a bi-state group representing state and regional environmental and health organizations, universities, regional planning commissions, municipalities, and employers. Vital Communities is an active UVAW member and provides administrative support for the workgroup. UVAW meets monthly to focus on building climate-resilient communities in the Upper Valley and holds semi-annual information sessions addressing broad aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
UVAW and Vital Communities also run the Climate Change Leadership Academy (2CLA), a six-session program aiming to educate, inspire, and prepare participants to take meaningful action on climate change mitigation and adaptation in their communities. 2CLA is accepting applications through February 14 for its 2021 sessions, which run March through June.
Summit organizers hope the event will offer attendees a sense of how climate change impacts their work and communities, and which other individuals and organizations they could team up with in their own efforts.