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The Second National Adaptation Forum will take place May 12-14, 2015, in
The National Adaptation Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. The event represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation's communities, resources and economy in the face of a changing climate.
The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum was beyond successful with more than 500 attendees, representing 44 states, all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, academia, and private industry. Participants experienced professional development, and information sharing through an innovative and comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster session, and networking events.
The next Forum will take place May 12-14, 2015, in St. Louis, MO, and is poised to be an even greater success, representing more aspects of the far-reaching adaptation community. While there, participants learn how to make their work climate informed, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. This community is energizing and considers the National Adaptation Forum as the place to build momentum, while simultaneously keeping abreast of new science and engaging new stakeholders. Participants leave ready to take Action Today for a Better Tomorrow.
The desire to create a community of practice around climate change adaptation is alive and well. The energy at the forum was palpable and feedback has been phenomenal. We would like to share a few thoughts from the 2013 Inaugural National Adaptation Forum attendees.
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful event! The National Adaptation Forum was an amazing success, practical and useful, with really high quality presentations.
Kari Hansen, Instructional Design, Education and Research Consultant
This was a fabulous conference. Such terrific work from everyone. I'm so happy to have been a part of it.
Robert Verchick, Gauthier ~ St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans
The forum was extremely valuable, thought provoking, and exciting! There is so much work to be done and listening to experts and practitioners discuss the many issues facing us all and how we can best address those issues was so important. I learned many, many things that I will take back to Benicia and try my best to integrate and implement.
Alex Porteshawver, Consulting Climate Action Plan Coordinator, City of Benicia, CA
Thank you for an amazing conference!!! I'm already planning out my presentation for next year!
Davey Ives, Clean Air-Cool Planet Climate Adaptation Fellow Bridgeport, CT.
Congratulations, on what I think was a spectacular conference last week. There was so much interesting information being presented, my head was spinning. I loved it. It was very well organized and I was very impressed with the service provided. One of the aspects of the conference I also appreciated was the small "d" democratic nature of it because if created a feeling of being open to all participants. In addition, as an exhibitor, I want to let you know we think the booth was a big success. We met a lot of people whom we probably would not have met. It really helped that the conference was not huge and the booths were in a central meeting area. Great work and I look forward the 2nd National Adaptation Forum!
Joel B. Smith, Principal, Stratus Consulting
I continue to marvel at what EcoAdapt has done with the National Adaptation Forum. This was a big event, much bigger than we anticipated. The representation of so many sectors, and the participation of so many local, community groups and municipalities, was great to see. Just great to be a part of it. The impact of one event can probably never be known, but it's possible that we have participated in a watershed moment for Climate Adaptation, and may have helped to redefine it as a holistic and dynamic field. And I am not given to hyperbole. I know I am not alone in looking forward to the next event.
John Nordgren, Kresge Foundation
The National Adaptation Forum was a smart conference—it provided a fabulous opportunity to learn about and to share information on the art, the science and the practice of climate adaptation. Maybe more importantly, it was a vibrant conference. Truly, there was palpable energy around building the capacity of participants not only as individuals but as a community. Kudos to the organizers.
Liz Bell, Wilburforce Foundation
Thanks for hosting a great conference last week. It seriously was one of the best conferences I've attended and that wasn't just because you had coffee available all day or because it was all adaptation all the time. Please put me on the list to help with the 2015 conference.
Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International
I wanted to convey how impressed I was with the National Adaptation Forum – it was extremely thought-provoking and I learned a lot. I also wanted to ask you to convey my thanks once again to all of the sponsors who contributed to defraying our costs such that we were able to bring quite a number of people from Denver. This was also really useful and served to help engage staff from a variety of agencies. We have been building interest and a strong team in Denver, and this event helped to solidify commitments.
Celia Vanderloop, Director, Environmental Quality Division, Department of Environmental Health, City and County of Denver
I want to thank you, EcoAdapt, and the sponsors, John D and Catherine T Mac Arthur Foundation, for this fantastic conference and gathering! For those of us working in rural regions of the US in adaptation in isolated areas, and perhaps anyone in the field, it was so enlightening and uplifting to have the opportunity to share and meet our peers from across the country! So often in the pursuit of adaptation planning, I feel that I am the only one in the room that understands- to be surrounded by 500+ others who are moving in the same direction was energizing for the importance of the work that we are doing.
Marcie Bidwell, Mountain Studies Institute, Durango, CO
Thank you for your leadership and vision for the adaptation field and for the conference!
Nile Malloy, Northern CA Program Director Communities for a better environment