Seminar Abstract

Lara Whitely Binder

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Preparing for climate change: A guidebook for local, regional, and state governments


Many government services are potentially vulnerable to climate change impacts, including water supply, public health, stormwater management, and infrastructure maintenance and development. Managing these impacts will require a shift in how community governments traditionally approach decision making and policy development. To help in this process, the University of Washington 's Climate Impacts Group (CIG) and King County, Washington have written a guidebook to help community governments plan for climate change. The guidebook is being published by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.

Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments provides a framework that community governments can follow to plan for climate change. The process in Preparing for Climate Change is based on reviews of scientific literature, the CIG's experience working with Pacific Northwest decision makers on planning for climate change, and King County, Washington's experience with developing a climate change preparedness plan. This presentation will highlight the contents of the guidebook.


Speaker bio:

Lara Whitely Binder is an outreach specialist at the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group (CIG). Lara assists the CIG with its efforts to disseminate information to decision-makers on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on the Pacific Northwest, and to support decision-makers in the use of this information. Lara earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Washington 's Evans School of Public Affairs in 2002. Prior to attending graduate school, Lara served as the Groundwater Protection Coordinator for a consortium of public and private groundwater suppliers in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. As the Coordinator, Lara developed and administered a multi-jurisdictional groundwater protection program.