Many communities are taking action to create plans to prepare for potential climate change impacts, such as sea level rise, changes in weather conditions (floods or drought), higher maximum temperatures, more severe weather, and changes in distribution of plants and insects. This session will focus on methods to address climate issues and tools that agents can use to provide leadership in climate change planning. Alicia Betancourt will share the program strategies and barriers she learned over 10 years in her effort to increase climate resilient policies and energy efficiency in county operations. Through the efforts of this Extension program Monroe County has adopted 40 local policies on energy and climate resiliency since 2010. Alicia worked with county staff and community members to develop the Monroe County Climate Action Plan. Monroe County was one of the first in Florida to adopt climate and energy policies into their comprehensive plan. A 5 year plan for sustainability implementation began in 2016 with 42-46 projects per year. The projects cover all aspects of resiliency such as infrastructure, purchasing and road elevation and have led to local funding of over 3.3 million dollars through 2018. Register Now
Alicia Betancourt is the University of Florida IFAS, Monroe County Extension Director. Alicia has a M.A. Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Sustainable Development. Since 2006, Mrs. Betancourt has been working with local governments on climate, energy and sustainability. Alicia works with the University of Florida, Sea Grant and with the Association of Climate Change Officers on climate change programs. Some of the efforts she has worked on include; Southeast Florida Climate Compact technical work groups, National Extension Climate i-Three Corps, Monroe County GHG Analysis, and Sustainable Floridians. She is the current president of the Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
Join us on May 4th at 3:00pm EDT when Stephen Handler from USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science presents The Adaptation Workbook: Building your climate adaptation plan. The Adaptation Workbook is an online, interactive, and practical workbook that helps land managers develop their own custom-built climate change adaptation plans (www.adaptationworkbook.org). This tool is designed to support people who are working on forest management, urban forestry, or agriculture projects anywhere in the USA. This presentation will include a background on the concepts behind the Adaptation Workbook process, a tour of the Adaptation Workbook website, and a few examples to illustrate how this tool is being used in the real world.
Stephen Handler is a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. His main role with NIACS is to coordinate the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework
, which involves building partnerships, assessing climate change risk, and working with forest managers and landowners to develop real-world projects to adapt and prepare for future change. Stephen moved to Houghton, MI, in 2011 and loves being a Yooper.
The USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) region includes 6 states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. NPCH Coordinator, Windy Kelley, will provide an overview of the Hub’s working partnerships with Cooperative Extension at the 1862 land grant universities throughout the region. These partnerships include several from-the-field Extension, Outreach, and Engagement efforts, which will be highlighted during the webinar. They range from K – 5 education to focus groups with agricultural producers to explore different climate scenarios, associated impacts, and potential adaptations.
Our presenter, Windy Kelley, wears two hats working for the University of Wyoming Extension as the Weather Variability and Agricultural Resiliency Specialist, and the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Regional Extension Program Coordinator. Windy was an Extension Rangeland Educator working throughout five counties in western Wyoming prior to her current position. She has also worked for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture in the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline interagency offices.