UPDATE, March 3, 2016: All of the travel grants have been awarded. Thank you for your interest.
Keene, New Hampshire – A limited number of travel grants are available to offset the cost of attending the 2016 Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference to be held April 4-6, in Baltimore. $25,000 worth of travel grants disbursed in awards of up to $750 per person is available for local leaders and residents from Maryland. Additional travel grants are earmarked for attendees from other states. Organizers will award funds based on a first-come, first-served basis.
The conference is ideal for teams of municipal, county and regional planning officials and staff, community leaders and local business leaders directly responsible for preparedness at the local level to strengthen their capacity to develop and implement solutions to climate-related challenges within their communities.
“Major U.S. cities are pursuing adaptation planning and vulnerability assessments, but many smaller communities do not have the resources to send staff,” Abigail Abrash Walton, co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience at AUNE and member of the conference’s steering committee. “These are the types of communities with the greatest need to develop partnerships and to tap into resources to help them plan, build capacity, and act, and we hope to support them with these travel grants.”
“State and local governments are the first line of defense in responding to climate change challenges because they determine how we use land, how we design and construct infrastructure, and how we maintain ecosystems for resilience,” said Michael Simpson, chair of the Environmental Studies Department at AUNE, co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, and member of the conference’s steering committee. “They are also the first responders to disasters that disrupt a community’s social and physical infrastructure, so for both public safety and fiscal reasons, local and regional governments must plan how to prepare for changing climate. The 2016 Local Solutions conference is designed to help them do just that.”
The upcoming conference is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 1-4, which comprise about 40 percent of the U.S., throughout New England and the East Coast, as well as inland areas throughout the Midwest and Southeast. It is spearheaded by Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, which was established as a direct and initial commitment to the White House Climate Data Initiative in March 2014.
About Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
The mission of AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience is to prepare, respond and recover in the face of climate impacts and other disruptions through collaborative, innovative solutions. The center delivers applied research, consulting, and education and training. Through a solutions-oriented, pragmatic, participatory, and inclusive approach based on change leadership best practices and systems thinking, its focus is on stakeholder capacity building at the local scale (watershed, municipal, county, and region) of preparedness and resilience nationally and internationally, with an explicit awareness of social and climate justice.