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Climate Action Opportunity: King County 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Public Workshop

On October 12th, King County is hosting a free public workshop as an opportunity for folks to provide early input into the County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and problem-solve with county staff on how to best take action on climate change in King County. UW students and faculty are encouraged to attend this workshop to provide their input on this plan.  There will be a networking opportunity for students with King County staff to learn more about career opportunities in government agencies. 

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 10AM- 12PM PDT


University of Washington Intellectual House

4249 Whitman Ct NE Seattle, WA 98105


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How can I teach my students about climate change?

Dr. Heidi Roop provided her insights for Grist’s AskUmbra column on effective tools and strategies for teaching about climate change. 

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CIG Director to Speak at Statewide Disaster Resiliency Work Group Meeting – Sept. 5th at 12PM

Dr. Amy Snover will be discussing the climate risks facing Washington state at the Statewide Disaster Resiliency Work Group Meeting on September 5th. This meeting is open to the public and hosted by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Topics will include climate risks and natural disasters, flooding, drought and wildfire and the meeting will also include a discussion of climate resilience work happening across the state.

When: 12:00-3:00 PM, September 5th, 2019

Location: Capitol Event Center, 6005 Tyee Dr SW, Tumwater, WA. 98512

Meeting Agenda

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Science behind Western Washington wildfires and how climate change may play a role

CIG’s Crystal Raymond is featured in this new KING5 story about work underway to better understand the connection between climate change and the risk of wildfire in Western Washington. 

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We’re Hiring: Apply today to join our team as a Marketing and Communications Specialist

This position has been filled.

The Climate Impacts Group and EarthLab are seeking a Full-Time, Temporary Marketing and Communications Specialist to support our efforts in implementing proactive, organization-wide communication strategies focused on catalyzing action towards climate resilience.

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will support CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication and EarthLab’s Communication and Engagement Lead in the execution of the CIG and EarthLab communications strategies and help to increase our engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders. This position will also help to inform new, creative directions for communications product development with the aim of helping increase the reach and impact of the Climate Impacts Group’s regional research and engagement efforts as well as supporting a number of initiatives for EarthLab and its other member organizations. 

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AGU Fall Meeting Abstract Submission Now Open!

Abstract submission is now open for the AGU Fall Meeting! The meeting will be held in San Francisco from December 9-13th, 2019. The Climate Impacts Group is involved in a variety of sessions. Please consider sharing your work in one of our sessions: 

PA049 Science to Action: Communication of Science – Practice, Research and Reflection 
Heidi A Roop, University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group, Seattle, United States, Samuel Michael Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Science and the Environment, Manchester, United Kingdom, Kristin Timm, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States; George Mason University Fairfax, Fairfax, VA, United States and John Cook, George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication, Fairfax, United States

PA055 Science to Action: The role of boundary organizations in advancing knowledge co-production 
Meredith K Jennings, Houston Advanced Research Center, Houston, TX, United States, Thomas Herrington, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, United States, Heidi A Roop, University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group, Seattle, United States and Caitlin Young, NOAA National Ocean Service, Silver Spring, MD, United States

Abstracts submissions will be accepted until July 31st, 2019. 

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New video about the Washington’s ClimeTime initiative features CIG scientist

CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Heidi Roop, was featured in a new video about Washington State’s ClimeTime effort which aims to bring climate science to every K-12 classroom in Washington state. CIG partnered with the non-profit, Washington Green Schools, to deliver STEM seminars to over 250 teachers between August 2018 and June 2019. Each seminar explored different climate impacts, worked with teachers to help them understand and interpret regionally-relevant climate data and emphasized how schools and students can engage in meaningful climate solutions. With continued funding from Washington State, the effort will continue over the next two years.


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Registration now open for NW Climate Conference

Registration for the 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference is now open! The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning.

The conference will be held at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, OR from October 8-10th, 2019. Register today (early bird registration closes on September 6th)! 

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Teaching the teachers how to teach kids about climate science

CIG’s Heidi Roop was featured in the Seattle Times for her work sharing regional climate science with classrooms across Washington state as part of CIG’s partnership with WA Green Schools on Washington’s innovative ClimeTime program. The program is implemented by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and includes Washington Green Schools, the University of Washington and the State Board of Education, among others. 

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