The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) and other water sector partners are hosting a FREE two-day technical training for drinking water and wastewater utility managers and consultants. Guided by a dynamic agenda and expert trainers, participants will gain useful knowledge and practical skills for integrating climate science into all aspects of water sector utility capital planning, as well as communication skills for relaying this information. The training will focus on three important dimensions of building the resilience of water sector utilities: 1) fundamentals of climate science including sources of uncertainty to consider in long-term planning; 2) methods for adopting planning approaches for making adaption decisions in the face of uncertainties about how climate will change; and 3) communications best practices for building engagement for climate resilience.
This training will be held in Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27, 2017.Workshop Objectives
- Enhance understanding of the capabilities and limitations of climate science and learn best practices for using it in long-term water and wastewater utility planning;
- Learn about planning methods for addressing uncertainty when incorporating climate science into utility decision-making processes; and
- Learn communication best practices and skills to generate engagement and buy-in around utility climate adaptation and resilience planning.
- UPDATE: A pre-training webinar was held on September 18, 2017. If you were unable to participate in the webinar, it is strongly encouraged that you view a recording (streaming video (best in Google Chrome) or downloadable video) of the webinar. This is to ensure that participants enter the training with a common understanding of the objectives and format of the event, as well as the fundamentals of climate change science.
- The Pre-Training Webinar Agenda and Call-in Information (PDF) (2 pp, 169K, About PDF)
- The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) is a key partner in the development of this training. Please note that you may receive an email from Laurna Kaatz of Denver Water and Vice Chair of WUCA, requesting additional information to help the training team prepare for the event.
- Final training agenda (PDF) (4 pp, 184K, About PDF)
- Logistics information (venue, accommodations, parking, etc.) (PDF) (2 pp, 449K, About PDF)
- Training Speaker Biographies (PDF) (3 pp, 167K, About PDF)
All confirmed participants are strongly encouraged to review the background resources listed below.
- NOAA Climate Education Resources (assorted resources)
- Weather Underground: Climate Change Today (infographic)
- National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program (2014)
- Climate Change for Water Utility Professionals (video), Water Research Foundation (2016)
- Water Utility Climate Alliance Publications (selection of reports)
- Climate Change in Colorado, Western Water Assessment (2014)
- US EPA's Creating Resilient Water Utilities initiative (assorted resources)
- US EPA's Archived Climate Website (January 2017)
Please contact Alfredo Lagos (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for additional information regarding the training.