Pre-Forum Trainings, Meetings, and Events May 8, 2017

Pre-Forum activities are an excellent way for you and your organization to get even more value out of the National Adaptation Forum. In 2015, the Forum hosted nine Pre-Forum events; in 2017, we are going to more than double this number. Please click on the links below to learn about the Pre-Forum activities taking place on Monday May 8, 2017. 

Pre-Forum Training


Climate Adaptation Planning for Emergency Management

Where: Intercontinental Hotel Saint Paul  

When: 8:00AM-5:00PM CT. 

About: Learn the principles of climate adaptation planning for emergency management and first response processes. Enhance your understanding about the impact of weather hazards on critical infrastructure and key resources, how climate change projects will affect those impacts. Increase your knowledge about the common weather hazards, climate variability, and climate change alongside risk assessment paradigms. Register HERE.



Pre-Forum Meetings


Organization: The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

About: ASAP is the sole membership society dedicated to supporting and connecting adaptation practitioners, while advancing innovation across the field of practice. Join us for our All-Member Meeting from 12-4:00pm. Meet members of the ASAP community, join action teams to advance our adaptation mission, and hear updates on recent accomplishments. Register Today!

Open to the Public: No, to ASAP Members only


Organization: Broward County SE Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

About: Convening of regional entities partnering on resilience.

Open to the Public: No, Invite only


Organization: Institute for Sustainable Communities

About: A workshop for community leaders interested in learning how solar and energy storage can be used to support community resilience and emergency preparedness. This is an opportunity to learn best practices for planning and implementing these projects from national experts and leading cities. 

Open to the Public: Pre-registeration required register ​here. ​


Organization: NOAA Sea Grant Network

About: This is a professional development and networking event for members of the Sea Grant Network.

Open to the public: No


Organization: US Army Corp of Engineers

About: This day-long workshop introduces "Practical Playfulness" as a strategy for facilitating the collaborative exploration of complex multi-criterion decision scenarios to support action for adaptation to global change. Participants will hear presentations from practitioners, engage in discussion sessions, work through a real-world role-playing "multi-hazard tournament", and have the opportunity to discuss their own adaptation challenges with experts.

Open to the public: Pre-registeration required register ​here


Pre-Forum Events

Travel Offset Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunity

Traveling to a climate change meeting is an existential challenge. This year’s beneficiary is the Mississippi Park Connection, an area nonprofit, collaborating with the City of Saint Paul Forestry Program and the Science Museum of Minnesota for a pre­forum, gravel bed, nursery­raised tree planting adaptation project. Replacement trees adapted for a changing climate are being planted to replace climate change compromised ash trees. The new trees will provide ambient cooling and carbon storage benefits to downtown St. Paul's Upper Landing Park. Forum participants can volunteer for this event and also donate funds to cover the $5,000 still needed to make this project a reality.  To learn more about the project see case study on "Saint Paul's Gravel Bed Nursery Project: Maximing the Benefits of Urban Trees". You can volunteer by selecting the volunteer opportunity while registering for the Forum or e-mailing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Monday Meet and Greet 

Join us for a hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour to welcome participants to the National Adaptation Forum. This is a time to reconnect with old friends while making new connections. The very popular Monday Meet and Greet event will now be augmented by a new Adaptation Awards Ceremony May 8th at the InterContinental. Our partners representing regional (Minnesota Climate Adapatation Partners), National, (Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Society of Adaptation Professionals) and international (United Nations Environment Programme/Global Adaptation Network) awards will be given to recipients identified by these organizations. This award ceremony is a first for the Forum and will elevate our partners’ efforts to a national level.

When: Monday May 8th, 6-8:30 PM

Where: InterContinental Hotel