National Adaptation Forum showcases CFANS

The Third National Adaptation Forum, held last week at the St. Paul River Center, showcased CFANS departments, centers, and research teams that are tackling issues related to climate adaptation. More than 1,000 people from 49 states attended.

The four-day event kicked off May 15 with a volunteer tree planting opportunity and an awards reception for individuals and organizations showing outstanding examples of leadership in climate adaptation advocacy and practice at the state, national, and international levels. Mark Seeley, from the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, acted as the master of ceremonies and honored the following Minnesota organizations on behalf of the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership:

    • Dr. Olivia LeDee, from the DNR-Fish and Wildlife Division
    • University of Minnesota-Morris Sustainability Office for institutional leadership
    • Climate Generation for their work in greater Minnesota in finding and showcasing community solutions
    • Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate for being proactive about the health risks of climate change and educating health care providers
    • Murphy Warehouse for moving towards renewable energy resources and encouraging sustainable behaviors from their employees and clients

The event featured panel discussions, presentations, and posters about climate adaptation related to transportation, energy, water, agriculture, public health, natural resource management, architecture, and extreme weather, as well as city and rural infrastructure. CFANS faculty among those presenting or co-chairing panels included:

    • Mark Seeley, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
    • Brian Aukema, Department of Entomology
    • Susan Galatowitsch, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    • Gary Johnson, Department of Forest Resources
    • Stephan P. Carlson, Department of Forest Resources
    • Rebecca Montgomery, Department of Forest Resources