Northwest Climate Community Gathers Oct. 9-11 in Tacoma

This year’s gathering of Northwest climate experts will bring more than 400 scientists, resource managers and community partners to Tacoma next week to share scientific results and discuss challenges and solutions in the face of climate change.

The eighth annual conference, “Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest,” will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The University of Washington is well represented in the program, and the UW Climate Impacts Group led the organization of this year’s conference.

poster for town hall eventAn evening kickoff event Monday, Oct. 9 is free and open to the public. A reception at 6:30 p.m. in the convention center will be followed by a town hall-style conversation at 7 p.m. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Port Angeles) will give the opening remarks. The panel discussion will feature Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group; Tom Koontz, professor of environmental policy at UW Tacoma; Josh Henretig, director of sustainability at Microsoft Corp.; Jen Pouliotte, of the Puget Sound Partnership; and Kevin Rennert, a UW alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who is now at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C.

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