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Topic: Climate

While climate change is a global challenge, local and state governments are often at the forefront of developing actionable solutions. Many cities and states have created initiatives and enacted policies to cut emissions and build climate resilience. State and local government climate action plans provide detailed, strategic roadmaps for how local communities can plan for and mitigate impacts. These plans are implemented through regulatory bodies and governmental agencies that look broadly across sectors - energy, transportation, agriculture, and industry. Regardless of what level of government sets climate policy, local and state governments are responsible for its implementation, making them critical stakeholders in climate action.


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Article - Jul 5, 2022
Climate Scientist Tackles Global Aerosols and Sunnyvale Sustainability

ESAL spoke with research scientist Kristine Pistone and how her studies the Earth’s radiative balance, air quality analysis experience in Chile, and interest in sustainability motivated her to serve for her city's local Sustainability Commission in Sunnyvale, CA.

Article - Feb 3, 2022
Science Policy in Action: Making Local Connections

On December 13th, ESAL discussed perspectives on outreach and inclusivity with a panel of water experts. Learn how the panelists have worked towards contributing to science communication and making science accessible to everyone.

Article - Jan 24, 2022
Geologist Works to Create Shared Economic Prosperity

Geoscientist Mark Little discusses his role as the executive director of CREATE, an economic development center at UNC Chapel Hill, and how he helps foster shared economic prosperity. Learn more about how his work has contributed to creating economic opportunity for all through local, regional, and international approaches.

Article - Oct 30, 2021
First Street Foundation: Using Data to Assess Local Flood Risk

ESAL had the opportunity to sit down with chief data officer for First Street Foundation, Ed Kearns, to learn more about the web tool Flood Factor which helps homeowners across the US determine the flood risk of their property.

Article - Mar 28, 2021
From Neuroscientist to Running for Public Office

Tepring Piquado discusses her journey from the field of neuroscience to running for public office. Read about her experiences with the California Council on Science and Technology, and her transition into the legislative process from academia.

Article - Mar 3, 2021
A PhD Engineer Giving Back to Her Alabama Community

Dr. Kenya L. Goodson is vice-president of the board of the Black Warrior River Keeper, adjunct professor of environmental science at the University of Montevallo, and science instructor for first generation college-bound high schoolers through Stillman College's Upward Bound program. Read her story about her path to applying her science background to improve environmental education and management in her community.

Article - Jan 26, 2020
Geologist Informs Policy in North Carolina

Jeffrey Warren is the acting executive director at the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, headquartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). With a background in geological sciences, Warren has served as the science and energy advisor to the North Carolina Senate. He has directed research at the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory since 2017.

Article - Nov 24, 2019
Ecologist Spearheads Brownfield Redevelopment in Kentucky

Ecologist Allison S. Smith is the community engagement strategist and brownfields program manager for the Louisville Metro Government in Kentucky. ESAL interviewed Smith on how her scientific background both motivates and informs the work in her community.

Article - Oct 27, 2019
Ecologist Helps Redefine Our Perspective On Forest Fires

Philip Higuera is an associate professor of fire ecology at the University of Montana, focusing on the relationships between climate, vegetation, and fire activity. Higuera collaborates with community members, policy makers, and land managers to define “resilience to wildfires,” based on human values and the best fire ecology science.

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