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We are a team of scientists, facilitators, and process innovators who believe that effective climate change solutions incorporate the needs of ecological systems, diverse community sectors, and disadvantaged populations. Our Whole Community framework uses an integrated and collaborative approach based on the best climate change science to develop solutions that align with the values shared by the community.
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We are a team of scientists, facilitators, and process innovators who believe that the global climate crisis will push humanity to make a collective decision – move toward greater cohesion and peace or widespread violence and conflict.
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We serve communities and land managers by assisting them with on-the-ground planning for climate change through the emerging field of climate change readiness (“adaptation”) and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution (“mitigation”). Our signature program, ClimateWise®, is a nonprofit consulting firm that offers a suite of climate change readiness planning services to local governments and land management agencies.
Jack Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams has extensive experience at senior science and research positions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and also served important management positions within the BLM and the Forest Service. His professional work has focused on conservation, watershed restoration, fisheries, ecosystem management and endangered Species.
Vicki Tripoli, Ph.D.
Dr. Tripoli has focused on environmental health issues and biological monitoring, examining the effects of global persistent pollutants on ecosystems and helping develop a pharmocokinetic model that led to setting fish consumption advisories and other environmental health policies. She also is a consultant in ecological research design and statistics.
Jim Strittholt, Ph.D.
Conservation Biology Institute
Dr. Strittholt specializes in applying computer mapping technologies to address various ecological assessments and conservation planning projects in the U.S. and internationally. His expertise includes conservation planning, landscape ecology, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.
Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.
University of Montana
Dr. Power is Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Montana, specializing in natural resource and regional economic development issues. He is also the principal researcher with Power Consulting, Inc.
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