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Local Climate Action Summit

Local Climate Action Summit.

September 27-28, 2018

During Climate Week NYC 

at The Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, NY, NY 10017

Registration is now closed! We have reached capacity, thank you for your interest.

 

We are thrilled to be hosting a Local Climate Action Summit during Climate Week NYC, in partnership with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and NY Sea Grant, which we would like to invite you to attend. The Summit will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 8am – 5pm at The Cornell Club in New York City (6 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017).

The Summit will focus on the challenges local communities are facing in the Northeastern US with climate change, the leadership roles and actions they are taking to respond, and the importance of action at all levels to address challenges. The Summit will bring together local officials and experts to share ideas and gather input on what communities need to ramp up climate action on a local level. It will feature discussion with experts and NGOs working to support local climate action, updates from researchers on community impacts and needs, resources available to communities, and lessons learned from Cooperative Extension, NGOs, and municipal officials across the Northeast that are working to implement climate adaptation and mitigation projects. The discussions covered will share best practices on local climate action planning, addressing community needs and building partnerships between policy makers, researchers and Extension. We also hope to get your input on a new Cooperative Extension Volunteer Climate Stewards Program being developed to help communities in the Northeast.

Should you have any questions or would like to request an invitation, please feel free to contact me at dle58@cornell.edu. The last date to register is Friday, September 21st – but space is limited. We look forward to meeting you, and hope you can join us for the Local Climate Action Summit on Friday, September 28th! The final agenda is below.

Climate Week logosThe Local Climate Action Summit, held in New York City during Climate Week NYC, focuses on the challenges local communities are facing in the Northeastern US with climate change, the leadership roles and actions they are taking to respond, and the importance of action at all levels to address challenges. The Summit will bring together local officials and experts to share ideas and gather input on what communities need to ramp up climate action on a local level. Community leaders will share input on how new and existing partnerships can best support the needs and actions for local communities. The focus is to better identify how we as a community of practice could support local climate action, address community impacts and needs, extend resources available to communities, and learn from the experiences of Cooperative Extension, NGOs, and municipal officials across the Northeast that are working to implement climate adaptation and mitigation projects. An overarching objective is to gain stakeholder input on a new Cooperative Extension Volunteer Climate Stewards Program being developed to help communities in the Northeast.

 

Key Questions Driving the Summit:

  • How is climate change affecting local communities and how are they responding?
  • What does local climate leadership look like?
  • What are the latest research findings on local energy and climate change action?
  • How can universities, NGO’s and local governments support local efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change through effective partnerships?
  • How could a newly developed Extension Volunteer Climate Stewards Program best help local communities with climate change mitigation and adaptation projects?

 

Day 1 – Thursday Evening, September 27, 2018

6:30 – 8:30pm      Informal Networking for Participants:

Bierhaus NYC, 712 3rd Avenue, NY, NY 10017, Tel: 212-867-2337

Group Reservation held under Danielle Eiseman’s name

 

Day 2 – Friday, September 28th, 2018   8:00am – 5:00pm        

8:00 – 8:40am Registration and Continental Breakfast, Visit Information Tables
8:40 – 8:50am Welcome and Overview of the Summit: Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell University
8:50 – 9:20am Keynote speaker:  Connecting Local, Regional and Global work on climate change: Adam Parris, Executive Director, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
9:20 – 10:40am Panel Discussion 1: Planning and action at the local level
Moderated by: Dazzle Ekblad, NYS Climate Smart Communities Program

Julie Noble, Kingston, NY

Katie Walsh, CDP Cities North America

Ann Goodman, CUNY, ASRC Environmental Initiative

Brooks Winner, Climate Table, ME

10:40 – 11:00am Networking Break & Visit Tables with Climate Action Resources
11:00 – 12:20pm Panel Discussion 2: How communities are responding to climate change impacts
Moderated by: Erin Lane, USDA NE Climate Hub

Bruce Packer, Mayor of Glen Rock, NJ

David Kooris, Resilient Bridgeport, CT

Tara Paxton, Brick Township, NJ

Juli Schroeger, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, NY

12:20 – 1:20pm Lunch and Keynote Address: Is your Community Prepared for Climate Change? Resources from ICLEI USA: Mike Steinhoff, ICLEI USA
1:20 – 1:35pm Introduction and overview of the New Extension Volunteer Climate Stewards Program

Danielle Eiseman, Cornell University, Overview of the Proposed Program

Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell University: research on community needs

1:35 – 2:15pm Stakeholder Input to the New Extension Volunteer Climate Stewards Program Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Moderator of Breakout Session – facilitators at each table to lead Discussion:

  • How can we Scale Up Climate Action at a Local Level?
  • What help do communities need to develop a CAP or take action?
  • How could trained Extension Climate Steward volunteers help their community or state with local climate change planning and projects?
2:15 – 2:45pm Tables Report Out and Discussion
2:45 – 3:00pm Networking Break & Visit Tables with Climate Action Resources
3:00 – 4:20pm Panel Discussion 3: Overcoming Barriers to Local Climate Action and Lessons Learned.
Moderated by: Shorna Allred, Cornell University

Jackie Guild, Annapolis, MD

Steve Walz, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Terrance Carroll, Tompkins County CCE

Andrew Reinmann, CUNY Environmental Sciences Initiative

Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers Climate Institute

4:20 – 4:45pm The Importance of Local Climate Action for Resiliency: Randi Johnson, USDA NIFA
4:45 – 5:00pm Wrap Up and Adjourn

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