Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup
Building climate-resilient communities in the Upper Valley through collaboration, research, information sharing, education, and action.
The Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW) is a bi-state, multi-stakeholder working group of leaders and partner organizations. Started in December 2011, the workgroup meets monthly to focus on building climate-resilient communities in the Upper Valley.
Our Working Definition of Climate Resiliency
Climate Resiliency is the ability of a community to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from climate impacts in a way that minimizes significant disruption to our lives and impacts on our shared resources. This includes our health, safety, built environment, food availability, natural resources, wildlife, and financial strength.
Climate change is not some distant problem – it is happening here and now in the Upper Valley. In recent years, we have seen climate disruptions affect our communities in the form of droughts, deluges, ice and hail storms, intense cold snaps, and sudden heat waves. We must recognize these increasingly frequent extreme weather events for what they are: our new normal.
Resources from our Spring 2019 Forum
Let’s Talk About Climate Change!
Effective strategies for productive conversations
Resources recommended by presenter Christa Daniels, Ph.D. AICP from the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience at Antioch University New England.
Photos from our October 2018 Forum
Droughts and Downpours
Managing for Extremes
Attendees learn about rainwater infiltration from the NHDES Soak Up the Rain program
Attendees tour stormwater management systems at Hypertherm.
Stacey Chiocchio of Hyperthem demonstrates how the porous pavement absorbs rainwater
Three groups visit the various stormwater management systems at Hypertherm
John Rooney of Hypertherm leads a tour of stormwater management systems
A full house enjoys the presentation portion of the forum!
All photos from the Droughts and Downpours event were taken by volunteer photographer, Rob Strong. Thanks, Rob!
NH Department of Environmental Services, Co-Chair UVAW
Public Health Council of the Upper Valley
Antioch University New England
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Hypertherm, Co-Chair UVAW
Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Town of Hanover
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
City of Lebanon
Need to Contact Us?
Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities | firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-291-9100 x114
Alex Jaccaci & Sherry Godlewski, UVAW Co-Chairs | email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org