Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WCEE New Member Breakfast

Please drop by for a brief introduction to WCEE. Come learn about the organization, the events we hold, the committees for which you can volunteer, and the members who make up WCEE.

Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am (doors open at 8:15 am)
A complimentary breakfast will be served.

Venue: Haynes and Boone LLP, 800 17th Street NW, Suite 500 WDC 20006

Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West

Registration Fee: $0 (WCEE members and non-WCEE members)
(Due to building security and logistical requirements, registration will close at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 23rd.)

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Brexit and Environmental Law

The United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union will have wide-ranging political, economic, and legal impacts, many of which will not be determined until the formal process to leave is completed. The majority of environmental standards and protection regimes in the UK are derived from EU directives, with national law mostly focused on enforcement. Should an agreement to withdraw from the EU be reached, current EU treaties, directives, and regulations will no longer apply to the UK, which could have a profound impact on environmental, energy, and climate legislation and policy on the national level.

Some experts argue that the Brexit will give the UK more flexibility to enact environmental laws that are targeted to its own domestic concerns. Others believe that leaving the EU will spur environmental deregulation and have a negative impact on investments in clean energy. As the UK enters this period of transition and uncertainty, questions are raised regarding the UK’s future role in the EU emissions trading system, Brexit’s impact on the Paris Agreement and changes to national-level environmental laws.

Join the ELI’s panel of experts as they discuss the impact of Brexit on environmental law.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

WCEE Board of Directors August 2016 Meeting

All WCEE members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Learn how WCEE conducts “business”, meet some of its board members, and find out about events being planned.

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Venue: via conference call

You must be a WCEE member to attend the August board meeting. Please register off our website so that we have a record of your RSVP

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Friday, August 26, 2016

SIEMENS CALL FOR INNOVATION

Join this webinar from the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to learn about JUMP, an online community seeking your input for technology innovation. Ideas are now being accepted for the crowdsourcing call on the Internet of Things. Sponsored by SIEMENS, the call is seeking innovative ideas for the use of personal “smart” devices to interact with public spaces. Through JUMP, SIEMENS and Oak Ridge National Lab seek to engage the public in gathering ideas to explore this concept. Winners will receive a $5,000 cash award, up to $20,000 in-kind contribution, and may also be invited to discuss collaboration with both organizations to advance ideas to the market. Join us to learn more about the call and how you could get involved on Friday, August 26 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Green Drinks DC August Happy Hour!

Join us for free libations and stirring conversations with colleagues in the environmental space at the new WeWork close to U St!

 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Does Climate Change Need Behavior Change?

Join USAID’s Adaptation Community Meeting for a discussion on behavioral approaches to building community resilience to climate change with Kevin Green, Senior Manager of Behavioral and Social Science at Rare.

Social resilience increases a community’s ability to organize and respond to climate-related threats. Rare has trained local leaders in more than 50 countries to design and execute sophisticated behavior change “Pride” campaigns that inspire communities to change the way they interact with nature.

Drawing from examples of Rare’s current work with small-scale fishing and farming communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, this presentation will explore emerging efforts to apply the best insights from the behavioral sciences to collective action problems like natural resource management and climate adaptation. Specifically, it will consider how behavioral approaches like Rare’s can build social resilience, help communities adapt to climate change, and connect the dots between community engagement and national policy.  Rare will highlight how two Pride campaigns – in the coastal town of Pilar, Cebu (during and after 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan) and in the San Vicente de Chucuri municipality of Colombia (before and after a landslide that destroyed more than 70% of the cocoa-producing properties upstream) -transformed the local communities into willing stewards of their marine and freshwater resources and helped them to adapt to a changing climate’s threatening impacts.  Such adaptation and resilience building, done in collaboration with local democratic governance has generated demonstrable evidence of changes at the subnational and national levels.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

Rising to the “Stormwater” Challenge!

Description: CitiesAlive, the North American green roof and wall industry conference, is taking place in Washington DC from November 1st to 4th, 2016.  The conference features presentations on research, design and policy; a trade show with 60+ exhibitors; professional development courses and tours of high-performance green infrastructure projects.  The focus of this conference is stormwater management technology, policy, research and best practices in Washington DC.

 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

First International Conference on Building Human Resilience for Climate Change

The many acute traumas and chronic toxic stresses generated by climate change are generating rising levels of severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicides, and other mental health problems in the U.S. and globally. They are also causing increased hopelessness, helplessness, and other spiritual problems. And, they are producing a boatload of psychosocial maladies including crime, interpersonal aggression, violence, and more.

These harmful human reactions undermine the health, safety, and material and spiritual wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. Because dysregulated people exist in a internally-focused self-protective survival mode, the adverse human reactions also threaten to delay or completely scuttle efforts to cut carbon emissions, adapt to warming, and reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels. Left unaddressed, these problems will worsen as global temperatures rise.

Yet, most practitioners focused on climate solutions fail to grasp these risks and remain focused on emission reductions and adapting physical infrastructure and natural resources to warmer temperatures. Most mental health, public health, emergency response, and related professionals remain focused on treating people during or after discrete disasters, and fail to acknowledge the risk that rising global temperatures will overhelm disaster response capacities, while also failing to help people deal with the rising number of economic, social, psycho-emotional, and spiritual toxic stresses directly or indirectly generated by climate change.

Research and experience shows, however, that preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives can minimize adverse human reactions to shocks and toxic stresses such as those generated by climate change, and help resolve them when they do occur. Equally important is that people can learn how use climate adversities as transformational catalysts to engage in activities that enhance the wellbeing of others, the natural environment, and themselves.

Despite these benefits, comprehensive preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives are missing from the U.S. and global response to climate change. These initiatives can expand knowledge, teach skills, and enact policies to help individuals, organizations, and communities learn how to constructively cope with climate change-enhanced adversities and use them as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and thrive. This conference is the first to focus exclusively on these critical issues.

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