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Part 2: 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 continues their collaboration 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 is the second webinar that will provide a more in-depth overview of vulnerability assessment concepts.

Director of the Blackfeet Environmental Office Gerald Wagner will discuss his role in leading first-ever climate change adaptation planning initiative on Blackfeet Nation. Successes, challenges and barriers to implementation will be discussed. 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? Part 2 [pdf]
Presented by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals & Desert Research Institute and Ohio Unversity

Presenters:
Derek Kauneckis, Phd., Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs - Ohio University
kaunecki@ohio.edu

Anna Palmer, Research Faculty, Earth & Ecosystem Science - Desert Research Institute
Anna.Palmer@dri.edu

Gerald Wagner, Director, Blackfeet Environmental Office – The Blackfeet Nation
gwagner@3rivers.net

Resources:
Blackfeet Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Climate Data - Where to Get it

FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance & Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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.

Are you considering applying for one of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements by the Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs? If so, come and join us to learn about the best resources available, the ins and outs of putting together a successful proposal and how to submit your proposal through the Mitigation eGrants system on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grants Portal. Did you know there’s extra criteria to be pre-eligible? This will be your chance to hear from the experts and ask questions. This webinar will be a tribally specific presentation of the NOFO and Mitigation eGrants systems for existing and new tribal applicants. Time will be available for registrants to ask questions via moderator at the conclusion of presentations.

Webinar video:
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Presentation slides:
NOFO Tribal Webinar SHAWN - FY18 Version 2 FINAL [pdf]
NOFO Tribal Webinar (EXTERNAL) - FY18 Version 2 no notes [pdf]


Presenters:
Brandon Sweezea: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Specialist for FEMA Headquarters. Brandon has worked with FEMA for 8 years both in the Region 10 field offices and in Washington DC. Currently, he works within the Grants Implementation Branch of Mitigation improving grant program delivery nationwide for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs.

Shawn Servoss: Mitigation eGrants System Lead. Before joining FEMA, Shawn spent most of his government career with the Bureau of Land Management where he was fortunate to work closely with Tribal Governments and Alaska Natives. He enjoys meeting people from many different locations by helping them use the Mitigation eGrants System. He enjoys bicycling and is likely to use humor and stories frequently.

Solar Power Projects in Indian Country

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.

Thinking about a solar power project? How much would it cost? Who has successfully navigated this process? What is that community doing with solar power? These are probably some of the questions you may be asking yourself or your colleagues. This webinar will discuss some of the technical and financial considerations when putting together solar projects as well as highlight resources available for Tribes. We will also hear about the practical experience gained by a Tribal community who has successfully navigated the process and who are now working on installing solar features. Solar projects can be a way to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, bringing power to locations that may not have had power before and generating revenue to help finance resilience actions. Let’s help each other and learn together about what it takes to get started.

Announcement:
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Presentations and Video:
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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:
Click HERE for video.
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

Presenters:
Derek Kauneckis, Phd., Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs - Ohio University
kaunecki@ohio.edu

Anna Palmer, Research Faculty, Earth & Ecosystem Science - Desert Research Institute
Anna.Palmer@dri.edu

Resources:
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.

Presenters:
Rachael Novak, BIA Tribal Resilience Coordinator
rachael.novak@bia.gov

Resources:
BIA 1800-0002 Request for Proposal is open to federally recognized Tribes:
www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=BIA%20Tribal%20Resilience

BIA 1800-0001 Request for Proposal is open to not for profit tribal organizations and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs)
www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=BIA%20Tribal%20Resilience

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 www.bia.gov/bia/ots/tribal-resilience-program or contact Rachael Novak at (202) 219-1652, or rachael.novak@bia.gov.
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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Presentations:
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]

Presenters:
Eva Malis: Uplift Coordinator, Grand Canyon Trust & Landscape Conservation Initiative
emalis@grandcanyontrust.org

Erin Leckey, Project Coordinator and Megan Littrell-Baez, Education Researcher at University of Colorado-Boulder
Erin.Leckey@Colorado.EDU
megan.littrellbaez@colorado.edu

Pauline Butler, Community Happiness Coordinator, The S.T.A.R School
pauline.butler@starschool.org


For more information please contact:
Nikki Cooley, Co-Manager
928/523-7046
Nikki.Cooley@nau.edu
Karen Cozzetto, Co-Manager
928/523-6758
Karen.Cozzetto@nau.edu