Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup and Vital Communities present:
Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy
- Session 1: Climate
- Session 2: Mitigation
- Session 3: Adaptation
- Session 4: Community Project Development
- Slide Presentation, courtesy of Professor Erich Osterberg, Dartmouth College
Climate Change Literature and Reports:
- Climate Change and Human Health in NH: Impact Assessment
- Climate Change in Southern NH: Past, Present, and Future
- Climate Change in Northern NH: Past, Present, and Future
- Climate Impacts on Winter Tourism Economy in US
- Climate Change Adaptation in New England Agriculture
- New Hampshire Coastal Flood Risk Summary
- IPCC Summary for Policymakers
- IPCC Technical Summary
- Sea level Rise, Storm Surges, and Extreme Precipitation in Coastal NH
Interesting Climate Articles:
- “Want to find a place to live that will be safe from climate change? Good luck,” Fast Company article, 10/4/19
- “The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America”, NY Times article, 10/10/19
- “Comparing the total cost of ownership for EVs and gas cars”, Plug in America article, 10/10/19
Our shared question for this session: What role can we play, as Climate Change Leaders, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
We have three goals for Session 2:
- Develop common language, framing, and context around the topic of “climate mitigation” in the Upper Valley. Where do our emissions come from and what will it take to reduce them?
- Compile a library of what works to reduce emissions, especially examples where Climate Change Leaders (like you!) can take action and make a difference.
- Discuss what we can do as Climate Change Leaders in the Upper Valley to make an impact with respect to greenhouse gas emissions. Together you will begin to capture ideas for possible Leadership Academy projects.
- Climate Mitigation Project Action Plans – take a look at other groups action plans or upload your own!
- Activity: Project Ideas by Sector (Word) (PDF)
- State Level Climate Mitigation Presentation by Sarah Brock (Vital Communities)
- Global and Local Climate Mitigation Presentation by April Salas (Town of Hanover; Tuck School of Business)
- Climate Mitigation Action Library – Crowd-sourced by 2CLA participants
- Action Idea Template (PDF)
State Climate and Energy Goals/Plans
- 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan
- 2018 Governor’s Climate Action Commission Report
- Energy Action Network’s Annual Progress Reports
Carbon Calculators & At Home Tips
- Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative’s Footprint and Action Calculator
- National Park Service: How you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home
Best Practices for Sustainable Development (International)
- US EPA Overview: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration
- 2015 Carbon Storage Atlas – National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy
Food / Agriculture
- Climate Change Adaptation Presentation Sherry Godlewski, Resilience and Adaptation Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
- Stakeholder Activity 1- (Notes)
- Objective: From your stakeholder group’s perspective, discuss the climate impacts that we are/will be experiencing, and adaptation opportunities to become more resilient.
- Climate Scenario Roleplay Activity 2-(Notes)
- Objective: Gain an understanding of what’s important to other stakeholders, and how you might address a climate impact in your community.
- Wrap Up
- Community Projects
- Next session preview
Welcome & Introductions
Dartmouth Student Project Announcement
Project Idea Pitch
- Fill out project idea template
- Anyone who has an idea will give a 1 minute pitch
- If you don’t have a project idea in mind, listen to other ideas and see if there is interest in partnering with other 2CLA leaders on their project
Project Pitch Discussion/Convergence
- Participants self-select into groups around the room
- Opportunity to find potential partners and form project teams, ask questions about project ideas
Project Charter: Specifics on action plan (2CLA Project Charter Template)
- Instruction on how to fill out charter
- Workshop time
- Preview of next session: Leadership & Skills development
- Post session HW: Complete project template, give feedback to another group
2019 Leadership Academy Meeting Dates
October 9, 2019
November 13, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 8, 2020
Participants are expected to attend all meetings, and must attend at least five meetings to graduate.
Contact Ana Mejia
What is the Climate Change Leadership Academy (2CLA)?
2CLA, a new project of the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW) and Vital Communities, will educate, inspire, and prepare 25 Upper Valley participants to take meaningful action on climate change mitigation and adaptation in their communities. Participants will:
- Learn what is happening globally and locally and what can be done about it.
- Participate in presentations, group discussions, and collaborative work sessions.
- Design and launch a project as a climate leader to make a difference in their own community.
- Graduate ready to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to take action.
Each participant will develop a project individually or as part of a small team. Each project will have support and input from the rest of the class. These projects may take any form and might involve art, public education, community work days, or any other activity that generates positive community impact related to climate change. Projects will be shared at a public celebration at the end of the program.
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.
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