Trainings & Events

2018 Webinars
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Why Conduct a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment?

This free webinar is being hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program and is an installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series.

Conducting a vulnerability assessment within an adaptation/mitigation plan to address climate change impacts and building tribal resilience is a key process that interests many natural resource and environmental staff working for and with tribes across the country.

ITEP is honored to be collaborating with the Desert Research Institute and Ohio University on several webinars focused on educating the audience on the significance of conducting a vulnerability assessment. This first webinar is an information and training session that will aims to provide an overview of key vulnerability assessment concepts. Panelists will answer the questions: "what are vulnerability assessments?", “how can they inform planning and management?”, and “what do we know about tribal vulnerability assessments?”

Webinar attendees will be asked to participate in a facilitated conversation working through a standard climate change vulnerability assessment framework to determine potential impacts and identify indicators capturing those concerns. In addition, there will be time for additional questions at the end of the webinar.

Webinar video:
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Presentation slides:
Webinar: Why Conduct a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment? [pdf]
Presented by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals & Desert Research Institute and Ohio Unversity

Derek Kauneckis, Phd., Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs - Ohio University

Anna Palmer, Research Faculty, Earth & Ecosystem Science - Desert Research Institute

What is a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment fact sheet
Anna's M.S. Thesis: Climate Change on Arid Lands – A Vulnerability Assessment of Tribal Nations in the American West

BIA RFP: Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management and Planning

During this webinar, BIA will discuss two current Requests for Proposals (RFP) related to Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management and Planning. One RFP is for federally recognized Tribes and the second RFP is for tribal organizations. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.

Webinar video:
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Presentation slides:
Overview of BIA Tribal Resilience Awards Program 2018 and Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]
Slides updated on June 7, 2018 with an FAQ on the CESU partnership.

Rachael Novak, BIA Tribal Resilience Coordinator

BIA 1800-0002 Request for Proposal is open to federally recognized Tribes:

BIA 1800-0001 Request for Proposal is open to not for profit tribal organizations and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs)

Please note a correction to the deadline date in the Dear Tribal Leader Letter for opportunity BIA-1800-0002 for federally recognized tribes sent on May 17, 2018. The correct deadline for this opportunity is July 2, 2018. For more information on the grant proposal process, past award cycles, and other helpful resources, visit the BIA’s Tribal Resilience Program website at or contact Rachael Novak at (202) 219-1652, or
Youth Engagement in Climate Resiliency

This webinar is an installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series and hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program.

Community engagement, specifically youth engagement is a significantly pressing concern for many tribal communities across the nation. Many people want to know what the most effective ways are to go about involving youth in any event or project, whether short or long-term. Vulnerable populations, in particular the youth, will be the one to inherit and feel the impacts of climate change. It is ever more pressing to engage youth in climate change and resiliency planning to ensure the next generations are prepared to address and determine the health of themselves and the environment for the next seven generations. This webinar will focus on the participatory activities that have proven successful in the education and engagement of Native youth.

ITEP is honored to have four speakers who work with educational organizations that engage youth of all ages to learn about and how to address climate impacts in their respective communities and circles. Eva Malis is the Uplift Coordinator at the Grand Canyon Trust organizing an annual climate conference for young people including Native youth. Erin Leckey is the project coordinator and Megan Littrell-Baez is the education researcher with the University of Colorado- Boulder and they both work to engage youth in the Lens on Climate Change Project. Among her many responsibilities, Pauline Butler is a school board member and Coordinator of Community Happiness at the S.T.A.R School, an off-grid school located near the border of the Navajo Nation and community of Flagstaff, AZ, and works tirelessly to engage Native youth in activities related to Farm to School, Native culinary foods and culture.

Webinar video:
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Building the Youth Movement for Climate Change Justice [pdf]
Youth Engagement The STAR School Style [pdf]
Empowering Students to Increase their Resilience Through Flimmaking [pdf]

Eva Malis: Uplift Coordinator, Grand Canyon Trust & Landscape Conservation Initiative

Erin Leckey, Project Coordinator and Megan Littrell-Baez, Education Researcher at University of Colorado-Boulder

Pauline Butler, Community Happiness Coordinator, The S.T.A.R School

For more information please contact:
Nikki Cooley, Co-Manager
Karen Cozzetto, Co-Manager