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August 1, 2011
Planning for Climate Impacts in Northern Ohio Workshop Slated For August 10
Workshop to be held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
CLEVELAND, OH – Providing northern Ohio communities with information about how to adapt to climate impacts is the focus of an August 10 workshop being held in Cleveland, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Planning for Climate Impacts in Northern Ohio workshop is intended for planners and other professionals addressing land use, natural resource management, public health, stormwater and emergency preparedness issues that affect communities in Ohio’s portion of the Lake Erie watershed.
The Planning for Climate Impacts workshop features the latest science research and forecast models regarding the impacts a changing climate could have on Great Lakes’ coastal communities and ecosystems. The workshop focuses on actions communities can take today to prepare and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. Based on a successful national model, the workshop was tailored to the Great Lakes region with extensive input from a local planning team to ensure that the workshop will address regional needs and issues.
Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center and NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability will provide an overview of the latest climate science, information about climate planning processes and strategies, and examples of available planning tools and resources. The workshop will include an interactive session that offers an introduction to assessing climate vulnerabilities in Northern Ohio communities.
Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's PNC SmartHome and visit the Museum's climate change exhibition. Representatives from the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland State University, Ohio Balanced Growth Program, and the City of Cleveland Heights will share case studies of planning approaches and practices that support resilience to a changing climate. Planners can earn six American Planning Association Certification Maintenance credits for participating in the course.
The workshop will be held August 10 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and parking. For more information, contact Heather Elmer at (419) 433-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org Online registration and speaker information is found at http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=663
The workshop is being organized by the Ohio Coastal Training Program at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and the GreenCityBlueLake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History along with numerous collaborating partners.
This project is being funded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce through the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
The Ohio Coastal Training Program is a NOAA-funded partnership of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, the ODNR Division of Wildlife and Office of Coastal Management, Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Visit the Ohio Coastal Training Program web site at www.coastaltrainingohio.org.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.