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Early-Bird Registration Rates Extended for California Adaptation Forum

Local Government Commission
Aug 12, 2016
Sacramento, CA

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Early-Bird Registration Rates Extended for California Adaptation Forum

The second biennial California Adaptation Forum, hosted by the Local Government Commission, is being held September 7-8 in Long Beach, CA. Don’t miss this opportunity to come together with hundreds of adaptation policy leaders and practitioners from across California to participate in dozens of multidisciplinary sessions, workshops, tours, networking activities and more.

Early-Bird Registration Extended to August 12

Save on registration fees for the full forum and one-day attendance. Register now

Hear from Experts during Engaging Sessions

With a number of urgent climate impacts affecting our community, economy, infrastructure and built environment, and natural systems throughout California, we need to continue the momentum for bold responses to meet the daunting challenges of climate change and implement practical, equitable adaptation solutions. The California Adaptation Forum will provide excellent opportunities to share and learn more about how local, regional and state leaders are pursuing innovative strategies and responding to the state’s most critical climate-related issues, including drought, reduced snow-pack, severe wildfires and sea-level rise.

PLENARIES: The numerous panels and implementation workshops will be anchored by three plenaries with a distinguished group of diverse climate leaders on ensuring equity in our adaptation efforts, the growing importance of adaptation issues surrounding our state’s rural and natural resources, and inspiring perspectives on continuing the momentum for change.

Among Wednesday’s plenary speakers underscoring the connections between health, equity and the environment are Diane Takvorian, executive director of the Environmental Health Coalition, and Miya Yoshitani, executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Robin Guenther, a principal architect and healthcare policy expert with Perkins + Will, will help close out the forum on Thursday’s program.

EQUITABLE ADAPTATION: Incorporating equity and climate justice into the climate-change adaptation conversation is a key component of this year’s Forum. For a range of social, economic, and institutional reasons, certain groups of people and communities are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These groups primarily include low-income communities, people of color, immigrants, and elderly populations.

SIX TRACKS: In addition to the agenda’s subject tracks on planning, implementation, finance, monitoring and evaluation and communications is “Equity, Climate Justice and Community Leadership,” encompassing several equity-related sessions and networking activities throughout the two-day program.

COOL TOOLS AND FUN ART: The 2016 Forum will also feature the popular All-day Tools Salon, an open house of innovative tools and techniques to tackle climate-change challenges. We will also have a couple of hands-on activities for you to experience the Art of Climate Adaptation, including a creative reuse zine workshop – you don’t want to miss this!

Visit the Forum website to explore the full program we have to share with you in Long Beach this September.

See Adaptation in Action

PRE-FORUM TOURS AND WORKSHOPS: Don’t just talk about climate adaptation – see it in action! Beyond the great sessions, the Forum will offer six engaging tours of local adaptation efforts and five illuminating workshops on climate planning, preparedness and resilience on September 6, the day before the Forum starts. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the beauty and complexity of the Ballona wetlands, transit improvements in South LA, a waterway cruise to see one of the world’s greenest ports or a scenic bike tour around Long Beach. Space is limited – so learn more and sign up early!

AQUARIUM AT NIGHT: We’ve also arranged for a special “After Hours at the Aquarium of the Pacific” event where you can watch the nighttime activities of the animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the famous aquarium’s architecture.

Test Your Adaptation Knowledge – Game-Style

Learning about climate change is important, but showing off your smarts is what really matters! Join climate-adaptation gurus (novices too) at our Climate Adaptation Pub Trivia Night to eat, drink and test your climate knowledge! You can also have some serious fun battling it out in the “Game of Floods” – a multi-player activity on flood resiliency that puts you in charge of solving sea-level rise. Learn more and sign up soon.

Get Credit for Your Participation

Continuing education credits for AICP planners are being pursued for most of the panel presentations, implementation workshops and plenaries.

Book Your Hotel Room by August 15

The California Adaptation Forum will be held at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and Long Beach Convention Center, conveniently located in downtown Long Beach near the waterfront. The special $159 group rate for hotel rooms is available until Monday, August 15. Book your room today!

Have Questions or Want to Learn More About this Exciting Event?

Learn more by visiting www.CaliforniaAdaptationForum.org or contacting Khrystyna Platte, [email protected]

Published on:
August 1, 2016 - 3:47pm
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