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Ashland Climate Challenge

Announcing Climate Week and the Ashland Climate Challenge Kick-off with OSF

ashland challenge flyerWe are thrilled to announce a series of events from Nov. 6-15th focusing on climate change and clean energy for our community. Join us to learn more about how you can be involved and how to take the Challenge in 2016.

Here’s an overview of upcoming activities:

  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory- The City of Ashland is having an inventory developed to help us identify where our emissions come from. It will be available this fall.
  • Climate Week- November 6-15th will feature movies, speakers, musical events, bike parade, and more.
  • First Friday Art Walk- November 6th come see Rogue Climate's community climate art installation downtown.
  • The Hearth will hold a special event Nov. 14th in partnership with OSF, to share true stories of Embracing Challenge and support a local renewable energy project for our schools.
  • Ashland Climate Challenge Kickoff with OSF!- November 15th we will put on a public event at the Historic Armory where you can learn about the THREE things people can do to compete in the Ashland Climate Challenge. We will feature speakers and community leaders for a panel discussion on clean energy and climate preparedness.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival will perform short plays on climate change at the Kickoff Nov. 15th. Claudia Alick will treat us to her signature poetry.
  • Ashland Climate and Energy Action Plan– A group of community members is leading a 1-year planning process to be followed by immediate and ongoing implementation of actions that reduce emissions and protect us from impacts.

The Geos Institute is honored to be working in our hometown of Ashland with an inspiring group of local partners. We are currently looking for sponsors to provide funding and prizes for the Ashland Climate Challenge. We will highlight business sponsor logos on all our outreach materials - its a great way to show that you are a leader on climate change!

Temperature and Precipitation Extremes in Central Texas

A collaboration with the Cities of Austin and Killeen, Texas and A Nurtured World

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Reports and Online Presentations:

Austin and Killeen, Texas have experienced many temperature and precipitation extremes in the last decade. As climate change accelerates, we can expect more days of extreme heat, fewer overnight freezes, and more frequent periods of drought than there have been historically. Many of the long-term impacts can be avoided if emissions are reduced, creating a more positive future for residents of Central Texas.

Most people experience climate through the extremes. Crops are affected when temperatures drop below freezing, and we change our behavior when the day’s high is over 100° F. Thus, we assessed recent and future change in the extremes for the communities of Fort Hood/Killeen and Austin, Texas. We provide information on extreme heat, low temperatures, extended drought, and wildfire.

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Climate Adaptation Planning in Fort Collins, Colorado

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The Front Range of Colorado has experienced much change over the last few decades. Future change may be even more striking. In addition to population growth, continued development, and economic diversification, the Front Range is expected to experience substantial impacts brought on by climate change.

Climate change has already been well documented throughout the western U.S. Average temperatures have risen 2-4 degrees F. over the last century. Rising temperatures have caused more precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. Spring snowpack is lower throughout the western U.S., and the moisture content of the snowpack is also lower. 

The last two years have emphasized the vulnerability the Fort Collins community and its regional neighbors can experience due to extreme weather events. Because of events such as the High Park fire, the hottest year on record, and recent flooding, there has been substantial devastation to the region. To be proactive and prepared to protect and maintain our quality of life, Fort Collins must prepare for such future events and the potential for increases in severity and frequency due to a changing climate.

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Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Missoula County

missoula riverReports and Handouts:

Missoula County is host to a diversity of people, local industries, intact ecosystems, and dramatic scenery. Its rivers and forests provide abundant opportunity for outdoor activities, while the university and downtown Missoula provide culture and entertainment. When people are asked why they live in Missoula County, they often refer to the high quality of life.

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Planning for Water Resources in the Southern Sierra of California

southern sierra forestReports and Handouts:

The Geos Institute is working with Provost and Pritchard Consulting, Bobby Kamansky Ecological Consulting, and many others to develop a water management plan for the Southern Sierra that is resilient to climate change.

The state of California has committed to an integrated approach to managing its water resources. This approach, called Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning, brings together water-related interests to plan for sustainable water use, reliable supply, improved water quality, ecologically sound management, low use development, protection of agriculture, and a strong local economy.

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