Trainings & Events

2011, 2012, 2013 Webinars:
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Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series: Climate Change, Its Impacts, and Climate Change Outreach and Education
This series of four webinars will provide basic information about climate change, its impacts on tribes in the United States, and outreach and education material and resources that tribes can use with their communities to increase their awareness and understanding of climate change. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Webinar 1: Climate Change-What it is and why it's important
Thursday, June 13, 2013—10:00-11:15 am Pacific
Maybe you’ve been hearing a lot about climate change, adaptation and mitigation, but you don’t feel like you know the basics. This presentation will review climate change terminology and go over the basics of climate change and why climate change is an important issue for everyone-- think "Climate Change 101." Presenter: Zack Guido, Associate Staff Scientist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), University of Arizona

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Webinar 2: Indicators of Climate Change
Tuesday, June 18, 2013—10:00-11:15 am Pacific
One way to track and communicate the causes and effects of climate change is through the use of indicators. An indicator, such as a record of sea ice extent, represents the state or trend of certain environmental conditions over a given area and a specified time period. This presentation will provide an overview of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012 report, which presents a set of 26 indicators tracking observed signs of climate change in the United States. Presenter: Lesley Jantarasami and Mike Kolian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Change Division

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Webinar 3: Climate Change Impacts on Tribes
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:00-12:15 pm Pacific
Climate change is and will impact the peoples, lands and resources of indigenous communities. This presentation will provide an overview of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of tribes in the United States. It will draw on the findings from the draft 2013 National Climate Assessment's (NCA) chapter on tribes, Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources. The draft 2013 NCA has been going through the review process and is available at:; the final report is expected to be available by early 2014. The co-presenters are members of the tribal chapter's author team. Co-Presenters: Bull Bennett, President, Kiksapa Consulting; Nancy Maynard, Emeritus Scientist, NASA; Patricia Cochran, Executive Director, Alaska Native Science Commission; Kathy Lynn, Project Coordinator, PNW Tribal Climate Change Project, University of Oregon; and Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University

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Webinar 4: Climate Change Outreach and Education
Friday, July 12, 2013—11:00 am-12:15 pm Pacific
Does your tribal community have little knowledge and understanding of climate change and its impacts? Are you trying to increase their awareness about climate change and ways to address it, such as mitigation and adaptation? This presentation will provide information about outreach and education material and resources that tribes can use in engaging their tribal community about climate change. It will include examples from the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Environmental Education and Outreach Program. Presenter: Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator, Environmental Education and Outreach Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University

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Sustainable Energy Opportunities: Best Practices for Alaska Tribes
This presentation will provide an overview of a renewable energy development resource guide for rural Alaska tribal communities. The guide provides a basic introduction to six major renewable energy sources, plus efficiency, describes their development and use, provides contacts and resources for more research as well as case studies, if any exist, where implementation of each project has proven effective. Finally, it has a short section on possible funding resources. Aiden’s presentation will provide an overview of the guide. Presented by Aiden Irish, student at the University of Portland. Aiden served as a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship intern with US EPA last summer during which he compiled the guide. The guide is available at:

Presentation/Slides: Sustainable Energy Opportunities [pdf]

Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (AK-START) Funding Opportunity
AK-START is a program of the US Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy, with additional support from the Denali Commission. The Program provides technical assistance to federally recognized Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to develop and implement energy plans and projects for community and economic development. Application deadline is March 15. The technical assistance award also allows for additional consideration of energy-related equipment and associated costs up to $250,000. Presented by Brian Hirsch, Senior Project Leader, US Dept. of Energy - Alaska, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

START Program Opportunities:
Presentation/Slides: Introduction to the Office and START Programs [pdf]
Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide
Impacts from climate change, such as ocean acidification, sea level rise and species migration, may disproportionately affect American Indian and Alaska Native tribal culture and subsistence practice. Despite the growing awareness of climate change, funding to plan for and respond to climate change is extremely limited. It is important, then, to identify federal, state and non-governmental funding sources that may assist tribes in addressing climate change. The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide describes funding resources that are directly related to climate change or can be used indirectly for adaptation efforts. The Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project at the University of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Tribal Program Office developed this guide collaboratively. Presented by Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon.

» Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide:
» Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs:
» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]

ITEP's Climate Change Trainings and Resources for Tribes
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University provides tribes throughout the U.S. with training and assistance to build their capacity to manage their environmental resources. Sue Wotkyns, ITEP's Climate Change Program Manager, will provide an overview of the climate change trainings and informational resources that ITEP has developed for tribes over the last several years.

» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]
Waste Erosion Assessment and Review (WEAR) Project
Coastal and river erosion has the potential to cause hazardous substances and garbage from Alaska's eroding landfills, closed dump sites, and contaminated sites to be released into the ocean and the state's rivers, jeopardizing Alaska's waters, fish and wildlife. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has begun a four-year $1.4 million project to inventory and prioritize those sites, and generate action plans to mitigate the impacts of erosion. Presented by Rebecca Colvin, State of Alaska.

» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]

ArcSEES--Arctic Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability
ArcSEES is an interagency, international, and interdisciplinary program designed to stimulate research and capacity building focused on the sustainability of the Arctic human-environmental-built system. A joint solicitation will support research projects that contribute to our understanding of the resiliency, predictability, and sustainability of the Arctic. Presented by Erica Key, Program Director, Arctic Observing Network, Anna Kerttula de Echave, Program Director, Arctic Social Science Program, and Nikoosh Carlo, AAAS Fellow, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation.

» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]
May 15 and May 17, 2012
Start Time (for both sessions): 8 am Hawaii,10 am AK, 11 am PDT, 12 pm MDT,1 pm CDT, 2 pm EDT

The National Climate Assessment: An Update on the Tribal Chapter
Tribal organizations and other groups throughout the U.S. have been collaborating to write a chapter on tribes that will be part of the 2013 National Climate Assessment (NCA). This presentation will provide an overview of a preliminary draft of the chapter. The draft will be made available for a very short informal review period before it is submitted on June 1 to the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee to begin a more formal review process. Presented by Dr. Bull Bennett, Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, and Sue Wotkyns, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.

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» Presentation [pdf format]
March 14, 2012—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Moose Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project,
presented by Jessica Winnestaffer, Department Director, Environmental Stewardship Dept, Chickaloon Native Village
» Presentation/Slides is not available!

Introduction to the Alaska Conservation Foundation and the Alaska Native Fund, presented by Anne Rothe, Director, Alaska Conservation Foundation.
December 5, 2011
Tribes and the National Climate Assessment

Bull Bennett, PhD, Kiksapa Consulting, LLC
Kiksapa Consulting, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and other tribal organizations and groups throughout the U.S. are collaborating to create a chapter on tribes that will be part of the 2013 National Climate Assessment. This is first time that a chapter on tribes will be included in the assessment-the chapter will provide an overview of change impacts on tribes and current adaptation and mitigation efforts. Dr. Bull Bennett of Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, is leading the chapter's technical input team and author team-during the webinar, he will provide information about the National Climate Assessment, the chapter on tribes, who is involved, the timeline, and how you can provide input.

View the webinar recording:
» Dec 5, 11 am-12 pm PAC [wmv file 55.9MB]
Dec 5, 12:30-1:30 pm PAC

» NCA Tribal Webinar Presentation [pdf format]

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