Best Poster Award for the 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference

A team of DUSP graduate students and faculty won the Best Poster Award at the 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference for their poster on the New England Climate Adaptation Project. The Local Solutions Conference, which was hosted by Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, brought together planners, educators, and decision makers from around the U.S. to discuss how to better prepare the Northeast for severe weather and climate change impacts while fostering healthy, resilient communities. The poster, which is available on the Project's website, reported on the research findings of the New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP), a participatory action research project that has been working with four coastal New England communities over the last two years to assess local climate change risks, identify key challenges and opportunities for adaptation, and test the use of role-play simulations as a public engagement strategy for climate change adaptation. Conference posters were judged by a panel of interdisciplinary faculty.  DUSP PhD Candidate Danya Rumore presented the award-winning poster on behalf of the entire NECAP team.  The Project is directed by Professor Lawrence Susskind as part of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, and has involved 11 Master's students, 3 PhD students, and 12 undergraduate students over the course of its two years in progress.  For more information, see the New England Climate Adaptation Project website or the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference website.