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Climate Change Speaker Series Resources

As part of DNR efforts to ensure that agency employees have access to current climate change science and policy information, the agency is hosting a 10-month Climate Change speaker series for those employees that will likely be responsible for developing and implementing various aspects of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. This webpage is intended to provide the public and all DNR staff the information that has been presented. 

The agency’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan identifies as a Milestone and Performance Measure for the first year of implementation: “Complete a speaker series to orient DNR staff and provide a common knowledge base, and identify program staff who will be assigned responsibility for developing program-specific climate adaptation strategies, coordinated with the statewide strategy.” [Pursuant to E2SSB 5560 Sections 10-13, DNR is working with several other agencies to develop a multi-agency stateside climate change adaptation strategy.]

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July 22, 2010Reducing Your Footprint at Home and at the Office
SpeakersRobert Hail, McKinstry
Bill Frare, Washington Department of Natural Resources
Ryan Frederick, Washington Department of Natural Resources

July’s presentation focused on what is happening, both on a campus and an agency level to reduce our carbon footprint. Robert Hail talked about efforts underway on the Capital Campus to identify where savings can be had and an update on what actions have been taken to date. His presentation can be viewed here. Bill Frare discussed how DNR is participating in a state-wide multi-agency effort to benchmark and reduce energy consumption. He also described DNR’s newly launched fleet vision. His presentation can be viewed here. Finally, Ryan Frederick provided staff with simple actions that they can take to reduce their individual footprint both at home and at the office. He also announced the agency’s new monthly Climate Shout-Out series, a monthly article to staff that describes simple steps they can take to reduce their impacts on climate change. His presentation can be viewed here.

June 9, 2010Washington's Climate Change Policy Landscape
SpeakersCraig Partridge, DNR Policy & Government Relations Director
Janice Adair, Washington State Department of Ecology
Janice provided a conceptual overview of cap-and-trade. She also provided information on efforts, both national and in Washington State, to mitigate climate change and to move toward a carbon accounting/trading system. Her presentation can be viewed here. Craig Partridge brought the broader discussion about carbon storage and cap-and-trade and applied it to natural resources. He provided information on the forest carbon cycle and on on-going efforts in Washington to bring forest carbon into the larger climate change mitigation discussion. His presentation can be viewed here.
May 24, 2010Climate Science Basics
SpeakerLara Whitely-Binder, Climate Impacts Group
Lara provided an overview of global climate change science. She discussed impacts that can be expected in the Pacific Northwest related to habitat, ecosystems, forests, and species. Lara’s presentation is available here.
  
April 23, 2010Climate Change and the Department of Natural Resources
SpeakersPeter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands
Jeremey Littel, Climate Impacts Group
Commissioner Goldmark welcomed participants to the speaker series and spoke about the importance of the Department of Natural Resources doing our part to address the challenges in front of us. He was followed by Jeremy Littell from the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group who provided an overview of climate impacts expected in the Pacific Northwest. He also spoke about game-changers that we may expect to see in our region. Jeremy’s presentation is available here.
 

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Michal Rechner
Interim Policy Director
Washington Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1028
Fax 360-902-1775
michal.rechner@dnr.wa.gov

Dan Siemann
Executive Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation & Energy
360-902-1104
dan.siemann@dnr.wa.gov

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