9:00 Welcome and Introductions-Tom Beery, Resilience Specialist, Minnesota Sea Grant
9:30 Overview of Climate Change Impacts to the Region-Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, Minnesota State Climatology Office 10:00 Climate Change impacts to Urban Forests and Green Spaces-Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, Northern institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Forest Service
10:40 Invasive Species and Climate Change-Lori Seele, CISMA Coordinator, The Stewardship Network
11:00 Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Workbook and Audit Tool-Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities and Land Use Planning Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant
11:20 Examples of Adaptation Efforts in Urban Green Spaces-Leslie Brandt
12:45 Climate Change Impacts Activity
1:45 Adaptation Concepts Overview-Kristen Schmitt, Climate Change Outreach Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
2:15 Adaptation Actions Activity
3:15 Group Report-Outs
3:45 Wrap-up and Evaluations
Leslie serves as coordinator for the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework. She has led trainings for the general public and urban forestry professionals on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, and Twin Cities regions. She also coordinates the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.
Kristen is a climate adaptation specialist working with partners within the Midwest and Northeast, and across the country in various places. She supports NIACS and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub in helping natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management planning and decision-making.