For communities throughout the eastern United States, historic warm temperatures, rain and flooding closed out 2015 and ushered in 2016. To prepare for and to share strategies for becoming resilient to these climate impacts, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, with co-sponsorship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 1-4, will convene the 2016 Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference, April 4-6, 2016 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
“State and local governments are the first line of defense in responding to climate change challenges. Too few state and local governments have adequate research and plans in place,” said Michael Simpson, co-director for AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience. “For public safety, fiscal and environmental reasons, the best opportunities local and regional governments, organizations and businesses have to recover from severe weather-related events are to prepare for them in advance.”
The 2016 Local Solutions conference will build the capacity of local, regional and state governmental decision-makers, business and organization leaders to prepare for, withstand, and respond to severe weather events that impact both coastal and inland communities.
In addition to more than 20 interactive workshops and walking tours, the convening also features an Education Summit and a Business Continuity track.
Photo of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by Storm Cunningham.