Local Green Economic Development’s Role in Living in the Climate of the Future

by Ritu Jain on May 2, 2014

Federal and States set standards, support response actions to extreme events and also fund regional protections such as flood control measures. But, municipalities across the globe are on the firing line to directly adjust to the impacts of a changing climate. Local green economic development nonprofits, like Bethesda Green, the topic of an SSF Conversation a couple of months ago, is a model for grassroots programs helping to organize public and private stakeholders in sustainable and resilient business and community practices.

Dave Feldman, Executive Director of Bethesda Green, has teamed up with Kelley Rajala cofounder of Share Exchange, Local Works and the Made  Local Marketplace in Santa Rosa, CA to form the Livability Project. One of its signature efforts is “Livability Centers” that represent a new form of organization that would accelerate sustainability and grow local economies.

Dave is hosting several free 90 minute webinars  to help social entrepreneurs, community leaders and sustainability professionals to crack through organizational barriers to effective local green programs to form these types of centers.

Free seminars with Dave Feldman

Three Biggest Challenges Facing Environmentally Conscious Leaders.
May 13, 2014 (Live at Bethesda Green)
May 27, 2014 (Live (online)
7 to 8:30 PM EST

 

Dave is also running a 3 day paid workshop in the Washington, D.C. area to help others launch green community programs.

Growing Livable Communities
June 27 – 29, 2014

The setting for the workshop is the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Potomac Watershed Study Center in Accokeek, Maryland.  It’s a perfect venue for the topic.

I also invite you to SSF’s free webinar on the National Climate Assessment on May 9th

In partnership with Second Nature, the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals,  SSF is convening the leaders of the National Climate Assessment to discuss new insights and implications from the final report to be released next month by the United State Global Change Research Program.

Registration is open for the webinar:

The National Climate Assessment Recommendations and Implications
May 9, 2014
11:30 to 1:00 PM EST

The panel includes

  • Kathy Jacobs: Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona. Formerly, Director of the National Climate Assessment, and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
  • Emily Cloyd. Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment, USGCRP.
  • Jim Buizer: Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment; Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona. Member, Executive Committee, National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee
  • Anne Waple. Director of Resilience Initiatives at Second Nature, Inc.  Formerly, Program Specialist for the Global Change Information System, USGCRP

The panel will discuss the findings and their implications and take questions from the audience.

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