350 Central Colorado, partnering with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Colorado Humanists will present a public forum on Oct. 11 at the Salida Community Center on our changing climate and what other communities are doing to mitigate the environmental and economic impacts of this change and improve energy strategies.
The program at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, will begin at 1 p.m. and feature presentations by faculty from Western State University in Gunnison, including:
Dr. Corrine Knapp
Knapp, who will be an assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and coordinator for Integrative Land Management, has considerable experience in research and shared ideas on climate-adaptation planning in the Gunnison Basin. She holds a PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Knapp will present a case study of recent efforts in the Gunnison Valley to engage the rural community in the establishment of a plan to mitigate the economic effects of a changing climate.
Dr. Abel Chavez
Chavez is an assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and coordinator of a program in Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Chavez comes to Western from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. He has led community-based, climate-action planning for cities as diverse as Delhi, India, Broomfield and Ouray. He will speak on mitigation and adaptation to likely changes in regional environmental and economic conditions and his experience in doing so in communities around the world.
Clark, is a PhD candidate in Environmental Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Environmental Sociology. Clark is a past recipient of the Annual Serving Communities Award, from the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She will speak about her involvement with the City of Boulder to develop a strategy to minimize the energy footprint in the community.
Micah Parkin, Executive Director of 350 Colorado will act as moderator for the forum.
Discussion groups with the program presenters will be a major feature of the program for the public. 350 Central Colorado will effort to learn from participants at the forum about their needs and desires in learning more about these issues, and to solicit membership and support.
For more information visit the 350 Central Colorado web site world.org.350/centralcolorado or call Mel Strawn at 539-2637.