States-Tribes-EPA Climate Change Adaptation Symposium

June 2013 Webinar Series

Purpose of Event:

  • To provide an opportunity for states, tribes, and localities to engage the EPA in dialogue and collaboration on integrating climate change adaptation approaches into their environmental programs based on EPA’s new Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plan;
  • To assist states and tribes in development of strategies responding to the Agency Adaptation Plan;
  • To provide states and tribes an opportunity for input to EPA about various implementation strategies;
  • To facilitate sharing of state, tribal, and local strategies and building networks among states and tribes as support for their activities to promote resilience through federally delegated environmental programs.

What needs to be done: facilitate engagement among states and tribes to help them better-understand the types of approaches available to them; ensure integration of adaptation approaches in the implementation of federally delegated environmental programs; provide a forum for improved understanding of the direction EPA has articulated in its new Climate Adaptation Plan; provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas and successful strategies among top states from Massachusetts to Oregon, tribes, and localities to promote changes in the way programs are implemented to further promote adaptation planning and behaviors.

Approach: Agency, states, tribes, and localities as well as experts in the field will participate in a series of web-based dialogues to discuss the EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan as it applies to efforts by the states and tribes to implement federally delegated environmental programs.  Through the framework of an interactive digital webinar delivery, participants will share information and have the opportunity to engage EPA staff and managers as well as expert sector panels through delivery available to any desktop computer through an internet hookup using software such as Adobe Connect or similar applications. Activities may include regional discussions as well as national Q&A and interaction around a topical agenda. All presentation deliveries and discussion will be recorded for accuracy of understanding, ease of adoption and later review.

A related website will house a resource guide and include an interactive blog/wiki where users can contribute and access case studies, questions, success stories, and related information, and where the EPA can post documents and announcements.

Questions for discussion on the website and for the webinar include:

  • What existing programs and agencies are examples of success in climate change adaptation?  What makes them successful?  How is that success measured?
  • How can the EPA best serve states/tribes as they strive to incorporate federal environmental programs related to climate change adaptation?
  • What are impediments facing states and tribes as they try to comply with Agency guidance, and what resources do they require to overcome these?
  • What useful tools exist to facilitate adaptation practices and how are they accessed?

Who should participate: State, Tribal, and Local participants with leading expertise, knowledge and experience implementing climate change adaptation strategies, policies, activities and performance measures, as well as those responsible for implementing new EPA policy guidance. EPA staff, NGO representatives, researchers, and North Carolina State University faculty will also participate.

Desired Outcomes:

  • States and tribes increase their understanding of EPA’s Climate Adaptation Plan and efforts by EPA Programs and Regions to develop implementation strategies
  • EPA increases understanding of impediments facing states and tribes as they try to comply with regulatory guidance
  • States and tribes build capacity to address changes in EPA regulation supporting adaptation in most effective ways
  • States and tribes build networks of resource people and materials to facilitate ongoing efforts to address adaptation and promote local resilience through their implementation of federally delegated programs
  • Communication channels and tools are established for ongoing information exchange between EPA, states and tribes


  • Presentations from the symposium captured in digital format and made available on the symposium website.
  • A report produced by the South Carolina and North Carolina State University team, synthesizing the major presentations, highlights of discussions, including any major recommendations or areas of consensus among participants, with reference to the section of the Agency’s adaptation plan being addressed.
  • Q&A dialog between expert presenters and webinar participants.

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