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Climate Impact Assessment Workshop for a Resilient Bainbridge Island

November 18, 2015 • Bainbridge Island, WA • COBI Council Chamber
Currently the City of Bainbridge Island is undertaking an update of its Comprehensive Plan. This Plan is intended to guide the City over the next two decades, and as such it will create the foundation upon which the community will continue to operate over the coming century. Such a plan must take into account all aspects of our community, as defined by mandated elements, and to do this well it must incorporate and prepare for the anticipated change. Unfortunately one aspect of change is largely under-evaluated by most communities updating Comprehensive Plans, and that is climate change. This oversight is not due to malice, rather it is generally due to a lack of training, limited understanding of the implication of climate change for a given community, and little knowledge of the actions one could take in design and implementation of a Comprehensive Plan that could reduce the harmful effects of climate change in the years to come.
The workshop phase of this project will undertake a community stakeholders elicitation process to add local knowledge and community values in the creation of a more informed impact assessment and begin to develop strategies to overcome vulnerabilities through developing language for the COBI Comprehensive Plan Elements. This workshop is being conducted as a collaboration of EcoAdapt, the City of Bainbridge Island and Sustainable Bainbridge, with support from the Bainbridge Community Foundation (including several donor directed funds) and the Bullitt Foundation. We invite you to participate, but please RSVP to help us best organize the workshop!
Agenda & Speakers
Who should attend:
Anyone who is interested in incorporating climate change impacts and implications into the long-range planning on the Island, particularly those whose job includes management or planning for organizations, resources or infrastructure. This includes those who are located on or interested in Bainbridge Island, not limited to COBI and other governmental staff.
Workshop agenda:
9:30- 9:50 Welcome and introductions
9:50- 9:55 Overview of process
9:55- 10:15 Introduction to findings to date
10:15- 10:30 Instructions for breakout groups
10:30 -10:40 Break to move into breakout groups
10:40- 11:40 Small group element breakout 1
11:40- 12:10 Light lunch (Provided by Sustainable Bainbridge)
12:10- 1:10 Small group element breakout 2
1:10- 1:40 Report back
1:40- 2:00 Next steps
Breakout Groups:
Water Resources, Land Use and Housing, Economy, Environment, Transportation, Utilities and Capital Facilities, Culture and Human Resources
  • Lara Hansen, Ph.D., Chief Scientist & Executive Director, EcoAdapt: Climate change adaptation expert
  • Stacey Justus Nordgren, M.A., Principal, Foresight Consulting: Community planning expert
    View a PDF of the presentations here!
    Reading & Resources
    Bainbridge Island Climate Impact Assessment - Final product of this process
    Element Briefs
    Science of Climate Change
    Other Local Maps
    • Workshop Maps: There were many more planning maps and figures available than could be presented at the workshop. Those additional images are available here.