Trainings & Events

2017 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

September 19-21, 2017
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

The 2017 Southwest Tribal Climate Change Summit aims to provide environmental professionals from regional tribes, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss strategies to respond to current policies, regulatory initiatives, and technical topics in responding to climate change impacts. The summit is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, the University of San Diego's Climate Education Partners (CEP), the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the Climate Science Alliance (CSA),and is made possible by support and funding from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affair's (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program.

On this site, you will find important information regarding registration, hotel reservations, airport transportation options, Climate Café, tribal scholarships, and the draft agenda.

We will continue to update this website, and send out updates via email, ITEP newsletter and online event calendar, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing new and old friends!

Registration/Tribal Scholarships

Everyone who plans to attend the summit including attendees, presenters, and exhibitors will need to complete the online registration process and submit attendee expectation form.

There is no registration fee required for attendance to the summit, but all attendees including presenters will need to fill out and submit a registration form and signed attendee expectation form.

Online Registration:
Registration is now closed!


The rooming block at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Old Town is now closed! If you are in need of lodging, please see the following options below.

Hotel Information:
The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town is located adjacent to Old Town San Diego where many dining and shopping opportunities are available. In addition, the hotel is approximately 1.8 miles to Summit location at University of San Diego's to be held at the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

Other Lodging Options (individual must make own reservations including payment): Airport and Transportation All transportation to and from the hotel must be arranged by summit attendees.
The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town offers complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the San Diego International Airport, approximately four (4) miles.
To arrange for shuttle service from the airport, please call the hotel directly when you get to the baggage claim area.
Shuttle times: 7:00am-10pm (pacific).
Direct phone number to call for shuttle: 619-298-4707.
*Parking Fee: Best Western Hotel will require a $10.00/day parking fee for those staying at the hotel

Summit Transportation:
*Transportation to and from University of San Diego’s Institute for Peach and Justice (IPJ):
The Summit planning team has arranged for a complimentary shuttle to transport attendees (including speakers) staying at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Old Town.
Please look for a Summit staff member with a sign indicating shuttle pickup location and direction.

Pickup/Drop-off Schedule: (subject to change)
  • Tuesday, September 19:
    • 7:30-8:15am (pacific) at Hacienda Hotel
    • 5:00-6:30pm at USD-IPJ
  • Wednesday, September 20:
    • 7:30-8:00am (pacific) at Hacienda Hotel
    • 4:30-5:30pm at USD-IPJ
  • Thursday, September 21:
    • 7:30-8:15am (pacific) at Hacienda Hotel
    • 1:30-2:30pm at USD-IPJ
Summit Parking:
On campus parking at University of San Diego is limited and permits/passcodes will be reserved for those who will be commuting daily from the local San Diego area. If you are a daily commuter or a speaker attending for one day only, please let contact us so we can reserve a permit/passcode for you.
*In case of an emergency, Summit staff will have a vehicle on site to transport an individual back to the hotel. Please see a designated Summit staff member or contact us via email.

Climate Café

The 2017 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit will feature a networking opportunity, Climate Café for forum attendees to share information and interact with other attendees in an informal, exhibit-style atmosphere. This special session is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Tribal professionals to highlight their work, sharing their successes with, and garnering feedback from, other attendees;
  • Representatives from various agencies, industries, and organizations to share information on the services and products they provide to tribal professionals and tribes;
  • Researchers and students to provide information on studies and projects they are involved in with other attendees.
The Climate Café will take place on Tuesday, September 19th from 2:45 – 4:15 pm. Requests to participate should be submitted using the online application (see link below).

Participants are encouraged to display materials that discuss unique projects, original research, innovative technologies, or other subjects related to tribal environmental work, partnerships, and climate change. This session is free to all participants – there are no charges for display tables. Summit organizers will provide a table, chairs, and a limited number of presentation easels, poster board, tape and accessories for your use. Please feel free to bring your own table coverings, displays or artwork, and/or other items you wish; just be aware that whatever you bring needs to fit in front of, on top of, or behind your table. The more you can engage the attendees the better!

Event sponsors are not responsible for issues related to copyright or culturally sensitive information. Participants are responsible for shipping and setup/breakdown of all materials before, during and after the session. Any items left behind will be discarded accordingly.

Online Registration:
Registration is now closed!


Conference Assist Portal:

Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]

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