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Building Resilience to a Changing Climate: A Technical Training in Water Sector Utility Decision Support

Related: Climate Change, Resilience

Meridian facilitated the planning and delivery of a technical training for drinking water and wastewater utility managers and consultants, in collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Creating Resilient Utilities Initiative, and other water sector partners. Guided by a dynamic agenda and expert trainers, participants gained useful knowledge and practical skills for integrating climate science into all aspects of water sector utility capital planning and business processes, as well as communication skills for relaying this information to decision makers and other audiences. Held September 26–27, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado, the training focused on three important dimensions of building the resilience of water sector utilities: (1) the 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 the climate will change; and (3) communications best practices for building a business case for climate resilience. The next offering of this training is slated for August 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.


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