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Member Handbook & Guide to the

2017 National Adaptation Forum

St. Paul, MN


Table of Contents ASAP Mission & 2020 Vision ...1 ASAP Board Members ...2 ASAP Affinity Groups & Committees ...3 ASAP Guide to the National Adaptation Forum


ASAP 2017 Election Process ...6 ASAP Programs & Resources ASAP Code of Ethics



ASAP Mission & 2020 Vision Mission: The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) connects and supports climate adaptation professionals, while advancing excellence and innovation in the field of adaptation.

2020 Vision: Across North America, residents and visitors are less impacted by climate impacts and enjoy

improved social, economic and environmental prospects. ASAP is recognized among private and nonprofit sector partners, federal agencies, professional associations, and the philanthropic community as the premiere organization setting best principles and standards for the adaptation community, including self-described climate adaptation professionals, those training new professionals, and all climate-impacted professional sectors. The ASAP individual membership community grows to at least three times its current size and members engage in national, regional, and virtual meet-ups, actively shape the direction of adaptation practice through member-led ASAP activities, and share their knowledge through affinity groups and mentor programs. ASAP members publicly celebrate the benefits they get from their affiliation with the society. Corporate and group memberships increase to include at least 30 corporate and nonprofit partners, plus education and training partnerships with professional societies from a range of disciplines. ASAP is the recognized accreditation partner for university programs training undergraduate and graduate students in adaptation and resilience studies. The impact of this growth in membership and strengthening of the adaptation community is the development of career pipelines and institutional capacity for adaptation professionals at all stages of their career across all sectors and levels of government.

The ASAP Difference – The American Society of Adaptation Professionals connects and supports climate

adaptation professionals, while advancing the field of climate adaptation. While other professional organizations may see adaptation as something that they do in conjunction with other professional pursuits, ASAP is actively leading the way to ensure climate adaptation and resilience work is done equitably, ethically, and efficiently. The ability of ASAP to connect people across sectors, scales, and geographies makes the organization uniquely qualified for scaling best practices, setting national standards, serving as the voice of the profession, and providing a broad and deep community to professionals in the adaptation field and climate-impacted professions.

Achieving the 2020 Vision – By developing work plans through four program areas, ASAP staff and members

will support the goals of a supported and connected membership network and a strong field of practice. These program areas are:

Member Network and Support – Wherein ASAP continues to connect and support climate adaptation

professionals by fostering a membership community that is both broad geographically and across sectors, as well as deep with concentrations of members in each region and within various disciplines.

Advancing the Field - Wherein ASAP activities promote and drive innovation across the adaptation field while evaluating practices and holding up promising practices to eliminate maladaptation, lessen redundancy, and accelerate implementation of adaptation action.

Policy and Education – Wherein ASAP’s diverse membership positions the organization to serve as a liaison between federal and state policy makers and on-the-ground practitioners. ASAP convenes members from different scales of government, ensuring federal and state regulations and incentives are understood at the local level and that local needs are communicated up to state, regional, and federal decision makers in a clear and efficient manner.

Voice for the Field – Wherein ASAP tells stories of adaptation action from across the United States. Through

this program, ASAP shares lessons, delivers critical resources for decision makers, and serves as a neutral third party to media outlets seeking information on adaptation practices and policies. 1

ASAP Board Members James F. Murley was recently appointed Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County

by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the Cities of Miami Beach and Miami, is now participating in the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Program. Jim served as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs under Governor Lawton Chiles and was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve as Chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission.

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, works with

leaders to create strategies that protect and enhance markets and livelihoods through adaptation to climate change. She has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors implementing resilience and sustainability strategies, management systems, performance measurement, partnerships, benchmarking and reporting.

Josh Foster is the Program Manager for the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) at

the Oregon State University. The NW CSC is supported by the U.S. Department of Interior and forms a regional knowledge network adapting land, water, wildlife and cultural resources to climate change risks and impacts.

“ASAP engages like-minded yet diverse professionals. Our robust membership are champions of adaptation and resilience.”

-Josh Foster

Dr. Susanne Moser is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research &

Consulting, in Santa Cruz, CA. She also is a Social Science Research Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. In her current research and work with local, state and federal government agencies and non-governmental organizations, she focuses on adaptation to climate change, especially in coastal areas, resilience, transformation, decision support, and effective climate change communication.

Steve Adams is the Director of Urban Resilience at the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) where he works to identify, catalyze and scale breakthrough opportunities to advance urban sustainability and resilience within the United States. Steve leads key components of ISC’s U.S. climate change adaptation and resilience programming to build the capacity of local leaders in addressing the impacts of global climate change and providing both strategic and technical assistance.

Eric Mielbrecht, Directing Scientist and Director of Operations, is an EcoAdapt co-founder

and specializes in assessing anthropogenic stresses and the risks they pose to the natural and built environment. He is particularly interested in bridging the gap between research and resource management decision-making processes and focuses on synthesizing research findings for stakeholders.

Beth Gibbons is the Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.

In this role, she is responsible for strengthening ASAP as an emerging nonprofit organization; managing relationships with its members, board and donors; and bringing adaptation best practices into the broader conversation. She also supports ISC’s other urban resilience initiatives. Beth brings a decade of experience in sustainable development and climate adaptation to her role.

Affinity Groups & Committees ASAP affinity groups are at the heart of our membership network. Through these groups, members connect to advance the adaptation field, enhance their professional network, forge professional partnerships and stay informed about leading practices. The ASAP Affinity Group structure offers a flexible model to meet the needs and interests of our members. While some committees are permanent, others are term-limited with specific deliverables driving their work.

Current ASAP Affinity Groups & Committees POLICY COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Ira Feldman (; Lisa Granquist (

The ASAP Policy Committee is the home for ASAP members seeking to learn about, advance, and improve climate adaptation policy at a local, state, federal, and international scale. The Policy Committee draws on the diversity of ASAP members coming from different scales of government and sectors of society. In addition to providing an integrated community for ASAP from across different backgrounds, it also seeks to establish ASAP and its members as experts in adaptation-related policy issues, advance progress at each scale of government and support specific ASAP activities.

PROJECTS & EVALUATION AFFINITY GROUP Co-Chairs: Mary Sutter (; Emily Wasley (

The purpose of the Projects & Evaluation Affinity Group is to expand on the knowledge of adaptation projects or programs and evaluation methods across the ASAP Membership and create a network of people working within this space. The Projects & Evaluation Group is the ‘on-the-ground’ leg of ASAP designed to help local practitioners—such as— local governments, resource managers, and state agencies—to create, monitor, evaluate, and structure their climate adaptation efforts. Upcoming P&E Meetings will feature expert speakers on evaluation in health, built environment, business, and the mitigation-adaptation nexus. The full program is available on the ASAP website.

START AN AFFINITY GROUP 1) Develop a short description of the affinity group you would like to see formed. 2) Confirm at least five other ASAP Members are interested in participating in the group (if you need help reaching out to others, contact ASAP staff for support). 3) Submit your affinity group description and member list to ASAP Staff and the affinity group chairperson on the ASAP Board of Directors. ASAP staff and affinity group co-chairs will help support the group’s launch and ongoing success.


Co-Chairs Katharine Pan, Leadership Opportunity! Seeking Co-Chair This nascent group plans to focus on how ASAP can better serve the growing private sector community of adaptation professionals. Suggested activities include: • Maintaining and sharing a repository of Request for Proposals from clients looking for adaptation-savvy consultants. • Producing or curating toolkits of best practices. • Vetting and sharing model policy language for a variety of environmental settings. • Featuring consultants’ work and experience through webinar series or other formats.


Co-Chairs: Missy Stults (; Hugh Peach (

The Code of Ethics Working Group is leading the creation of the ASAP Code of Ethics and accompanying handbooks. The first draft of the Code of Ethics is available at the ASAP Member Meeting and will be open for comment throughout the National Adaptation Forum. In addition to developing the Code of Ethics, the working group is also seeking equity training from leading partner organizations and grounding the principles of the Code of Ethics through the development of toolkits and training programs to demonstrate how these principles apply to day-to-day practice.


ASAP Mentorship Program

Co-Chairs (TBD) Leadership Opportunity! Seeking Two Co-Chairs ASAP is launching a mentorship program this May to connect emerging resilience and adaptation professionals with ASAP members willing to share their professional knowledge, experience and network. The Emerging Resilience Professionals Mentorship Program will provide a nine-month framework for engagement focused around a specific technical question or need of the mentee, as well as mentor guidelines.

Co-Chairs: Meredith Herr (; Leadership Opportunity! Seeking Co-Chair

The Communications Affinity Group has relaunched! The Communications Affinity Group helps ASAP develop a clear voice as a professional association, as well as identify the communication materials our members need to support their adaptation efforts.


The ASAP Guide to the National Adaptation Forum ASAP members are presenting at over 51 sessions at the National Adaptation Forum.

Pre-Forum Events Monday, May 8 ASAP EVENTS

ASAP Member Meeting 2:45-5:15 pm RiverCentre Convention Center 175 W. Kellogg Blvd East, Saint Paul, MN 55105 Meet and Greet Reception and 2017 Adaptation Award Ceremony 5:30-8:00pm InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront 11 Kellogg Blvd East, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Day 1 Tuesday, May 9 CONCURRENT SESSION 1

Weather: a Nuisance to a Problem. Are Community Defined Critical Thresholds Making Climate Meaningful? Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 4 Community-led Proactive Relocation: Community-based Processes and Experiences Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 5 Using Assessment Products and Tools to Inform Local Adaptation and Resilience Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 8/9 Water for People and Nature: Adapting Resource Management Strategies to Address Ecological Sensitivities to Drought Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 11 Resilience Approaches for Gulf Coast Communities Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 12


How to Start and Conduct a Tribal/Indigenous Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 5

Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Nature in a Changing Climate Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 7 Supporting Decisions with Natural Resource Vulnerability Assessments Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 7 Research Into Action: Cities and Universities Collaborating to Solve Challenges and Pilot Climate Change Solutions. Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 8/9 The Resilience Songsheet: Exploring Alignment of Planning Processes for Coastal Communities Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 12


Oral Presentation Session 1 Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 8/9 Oral Presentation Session 6 Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 15

Day 2 Wednesday, May 10 CONCURRENT SESSION 4

Adaptation Learning Exchanges: The Value of Face-to-Face Contact Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Grand Ball Room - Section D

State Wildlife Action Plans: A Tool for Collaborative Climate Adaptation Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 12 Rowing in the Same Direction: Coordinating Across Sectors on Resilient Adaptation Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 14/15 Adaptation to Maintain Agricultural Productivity Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 5


Continuing the Momentum: Adaptation Priorities for the New Administration Working Group Room: Grand Ball Room - Section D

Community-Based Adaptation in Practice: the Intersection of Policy and Action Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 2/3 Managing for Climate Change: Tribal Climate Change Policy Priorities and Opportunities for Co-Management Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 4 Next Era of Market Finance for Resilience Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 10 Green Infrastructure to Manage Heat and Stormwater: Equitable Solutions in Urban Settings Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 12 Building Climate Resilience Along 2,500 miles of Mississippi River Corridor Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 14/15

WORKING GROUPS & TRAININGS A Mini-Town Hall on Persistent Adaptation: How Do We Overcome Challenges to Information Access and Exchange? Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Grand Ball Room - Section D Train-the-Trainer Exercises for Engaging Professional Colleagues and Others in Climate Adaptation Through Their Roles Training Room: Meeting Room 2/3 Tools Training 1 Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 5 Forging Deeper Collaboration Between Local Governments and Community on Equitable Climate Preparedness Planning Working Group Room: Meeting Room 6

Monitoring Adaptation Progress: From Assessing Climate Impacts to Evaluating Implementation Success Working Group Room: Meeting Room 7

Teaching Climate Adaptation: Regional Climate Science Center Network Activities on Education and Training Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 8/9

Redesigning for Resilience: A Case Study Workshop Exploring Possibilities Working Group Room: Meeting Room 8

Chicagoland Collaborative: Models for Climate Resilience Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 10

Making Climate-informed Decisions for Watershed Management: A Working Group to Discover Needs for Tool Development Working Group Room: Meeting Room 9

Improving Wastewater System Resilience and Storm Preparedness in the Northeastern USA Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 12

Understanding the Psychology of Resistance: Effectively Communicating and Engaging Communities on Adaptation Training Room: Meeting Room 10

Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: Best Practices From Sea Grant Programs in the Southeast Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 14/15

When Armageddon is Your Day Job: Coping Strategies Training Room: Meeting Room 11


Cultivating City and Stakeholder Action: Engaging Support and Markets for Agricultural Adaptation Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Grand Ball Room - Section D

Incorporating Climate Change into Supply Chain Risk Management Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 4 Tools Training 2 Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 5 Oral Presentation Session 7 Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 7

Day 3 Thursday, May 11


Method to the Mainstreaming Madness Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 2/3

Building Resilience Through Energy Efficiency Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 4 Engaging Communities in Climate Adaptation Planning in Marine Protected Areas Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 5 Real-World Examples of Adaptation Implementation that Address Climate Issues Faced by Both People and Nature Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 6 Resilient Power, Community Preparedness and Citizen Empowerment Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 7 Many Paths to Rome: The Disciplinary and Undisciplined Skills Adaptation Practitioners Can’t (Shouldn’t?) Live Without Symposium (Panel Discussion) Room: Meeting Room 8/9


Beyond the Choir: Engaging hard to Reach Communities Rffectively Symposium (Panel Discussion) Cara Pike, Organizer Room: Meeting Room 2/3

FEMA’s Risk MAP Program: Utilizing Multi-Hazard Risk Assessments to Increase Resilience Symposium (Individual Presentations) Jamie Mooney, Organizer Room: Meeting Room 8/9 Urban Resilience: Addressing Climate Change’s Disproportionate Impacts on Affordable Housing and Livable Communities Symposium (Panel Discussion) James Taylor DeWeese, Organizer Room: Meeting Room 11 What Would an Effective Nationwide Climate Change Adaptation Service Delivery System Look Like? Working Group (Luncheon) Beth Gibbons, Organizer Room: Grand Ball Room - Section D

WORKING GROUPS & TRAININGS Using the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit's 'Steps to Resilience' Training Room: Meeting Room 2/3 Addressing Climate Risk Across Sectors in Cities Working Group Room: Meeting Room 6 Explore, Create, and Collaborate: Applying Spatial Data to Climate Adaptation Challenges Using Data Basin Training Room: Meeting Room 11 Inclusive Climate Adaptation & Resilience Building Working Group Room: Meeting Room 12 Supporting Tribal Agriculture and Natural Resources in a Changing Climate Working Group Room: Meeting Room 13


Building Public Health Climate Adaptation Capacity: Approaches from Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative Grantees Symposium (Individual Presentations) Room: Meeting Room 5



ASAP 2017 Election Process In accordance with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals bylaws, the ASAP Board of Directors will rotate two sitting members from the current board. The ASAP Board of Directors is required to have between 6—9 members, therefore a minimum of two new board members must be selected to join the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. These two board seats will be filled through a general election process; open to all current ASAP members.

Election Process • Each ASAP Member will be permitted to vote for two candidates to join the ASAP Board of Directors. • Voting will be conducted electronically Monday, May 8 through Monday, May 29. • Final results of the election will be posted on the ASAP website in June 2017.

List of Board Nominees Name



E-mail Contact

Nathaly Agosto Filión

City of Newark, New Jersey

Chief Sustainability Officer

Paul Fleming

Seattle Public Utilities

Manager of the Climate and Sustainability Group

Jessica Grannis

Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law

Adaptation Program Manager

Tonya Graham

Geos Institute

Executive Director

Chris Hilke

National Wildlife Federation

Senior Manager of the Climate Adaptation Program in the Northeast Regional Office

Laurel Hunt

Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jennifer Jurado

Broward County, Florida

Chief Resiliency Officer

Megan Robinson

Executive Director, The Collider

Executive Director

John Nordgren

Climate Resilience Fund


Jacqueline Patterson

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Russ Sands

Brendle Group

Senior Planner

Joel Smith

Abt Associates

Principal Associate

Arlen Stawasz


Architectural Designer, Resiliency Strategist

Missy Stults

Independent Consultant

Emily Wasley

Cadmus Group Climate Security, Adaptation, and Resilience Practice, Director

ASAP Programs & Resources Adaptation Policy Memo

Leading up to and following the 2016 presidential election, the ASAP Policy Committee delivered two adaptation policy memos. Each stressed the importance of addressing climate change regardless of political affiliation and articulated the areas of expertise that ASAP members could offer to an incoming administration. In the second memo, sent directly to the Trump transition team, the writing team highlighted three key areas— resilient infrastructure, national security, and agriculture and natural resources—and explained how adaptation action in these areas could benefit from ASAP members’ expertise and, if actions were taken equitably and ethically, could deliver a successful first 100 days and beyond.

Field Review: Promising Practices and Needs

ASAP is co-leading a rapid review of the (1) best practices, (2) needs, and (3) existing resources across the climate adaptation field in the United States. Through the first phase of work, ASAP collected resources (including case studies, reports, white papers, academic papers and other resources) that document best practices and document needs of users and service providers in the climate adaptation field at a national and cross-sector scale. The second phase, now underway, is a synthesis of the findings from those documents.

Mentorship Program

The Emerging Resilience Professionals Mentorship Program will connect emerging resilience and adaptation professionals with ASAP members. The program will provide a nine-month framework for engagement focused around a specific technical question or need for the participating mentee and provide guidelines for the mentor to share their professional knowledge, experience, and network. The program will launch in May 2017!

ASAP Award Programs Regional Adaptation Leadership Award

The RALA recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. Winners of the award are living testimony to the fact that proactive climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of doing something new and different.

Prize for Progress

The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve and accelerate professional practice in climate adaptation by highlighting the practices of leading U.S. communities and organizations that have reduced net losses and decreased vulnerability of natural/human systems to extreme weather events and climate change. The promising practices from these models provide guidance and encouragement for other communities. The Prize helps celebrate progress in an emerging field and strengthens the professional foundations of current climate adaptation efforts.

Code of Ethics

The first draft of the ASAP Code of Ethics (see page 8) was developed by the Code of Ethics Working Group and is provided here to solicit member and community comment and feedback. Please use the space provided to mark comments and concerns. Comments shared with the Code of Ethics Working Group will be help shape the final Code of Ethics. 7


and connects climate adaptation professionals, while advancing excellence and innovation in the field of adaptation. ASAP is a professional society that is committed to helping America become better prepared for increasing challenges from weather extremes and climate change. These risks are not faced equally, as the consequences of climate change as well as ecological and social vulnerabilities differ across the nation. ASAP is committed to building adaptive capacity among all communities, but particularly those most vulnerable; it promotes approaches to preparedness, prevention, resilience building and adaptation that address whole systems; considers potential trade-offs and synergies; takes a long-term perspective; applies promising practices; and uses the best available science of past, current, and future conditions, encouraging and supporting co-production and processes that are just, inclusive, transparent and accessible to all concerned and potentially impacted. ASAP members bring to adaptation the highest professional and ethical standards, and provide advice on adaptation and resilience. ASAP has adopted the following Guidelines for Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice (“Guidelines”) to enhance the benefits of the climate adaptation and related professional fields to humanity and the living systems upon which we all depend, to uphold the dignity and honor of the adaptation profession, and to provide guidance for individual members, institutional members, or for members in association with other professions. By participating in the Society, members agree to abide by these Guidelines or to participate in discourse to revise the Guidelines.

VALUES AND BELIEFS The following represent the foundational values and beliefs that the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and its members, hold: •Adaptation and resilience build stronger, more prepared regions, ecosystems, communities, neighborhoods, and households by increasing awareness of vulnerability and risk, building capacity for proactive action, and investing in the safety and success of present and future generations. •The natural world renders countless essential services that provide for the safety, nourishment, stability, and physical and emotional health of our society. As climate change continues to affect weather systems, these natural systems and services are at risk. As such, adaptation must fundamentally serve the interests and health of the natural world, because these interests also serve those of human health, security, and overall well-being. •Due to the very nature of climate change and the likely inconsistency between future conditions and historical precedent, the dependable solutions of the past may be obsolete. Creativity, innovation and transformative problem solving will be essential tenets of work that aims to address new and changing climate conditions. •Adaptation is and will continue to be a critical tool for ensuring that communities, infrastructure, the environment, cultural assets, our national security, and the economy continue to function and have the opportunity to thrive, despite increasing changes in climate. •Adaptation research, policies, practices, and actions will be most effective when contextualized to the issues, location, and scale upon which solutions are being sought.

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•Adaptive decision-making is essential as it considers the projected impacts of climate change, bears in mind the context of multiple stressors, is based on the best available science, is iterative, and takes into account both the current and future needs of whole communities while also alleviating degradation, minimizing impacts, and managing for uncertainties.

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•Climate conditions are not static across regions or over time, and therefore adaptation strategies must be designed to adjust over spatial and temporal scales. •In order to avoid maladaptation to longer-term climatic trends and minimize disproportionate impacts to some at the benefit of other regions, generations, social groups, or systems, adaptation strategies should, to the extent possible, be evaluated as to their impacts (positive and negative) to other systems, scales, and sectors. •In support of informed decision-making, to the fullest extent possible, it is critical to integrate the consideration of future conditions and the full range of possible climate outcomes (including highly uncertain events) in planning for social, economic, ecological and other impacts, and in assessments of prospective risk and vulnerability. •Climate adaptation strategies and processes should recognize the economic and social determinants that compound vulnerability to climate risks. Additionally, adaptation professionals should value the expertise and resilience held by low-income, underserved, and isolated communities. Robust adaptation will facilitate input from these communities, who often have social capital and local knowledge that can be valuable to crafting effective adaptive plans and action. •Science is the basis for our climate adaptation knowledge. The scientific method provides a relatively objective means of identifying the factors necessary for climate adaptation in society, and for evaluating policies and programs to protect and promote climate adaptation and resilience. Use of the full range of scientific tools, including both quantitative and qualitative methods, the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, collaboration among the sciences, and the informed co-production of knowledge is desirable. •Adaptation professionals are responsible to act on the basis of values as well as on what they know. Knowledge is not morally neutral and often demands action. However, in many instances, action is required in the absence of all the information one would like (i.e. in the situation of uncertainty). In other instances, policies are demanded by the fundamental value and dignity of each human being, even if implementing them is not calculated to be optimally efficient or cost-beneficial. In both of these situations, values inform the application of information or the action in the absence of information.

PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE Members should: •Advance the development of, and respect for, our profession by contributing to the knowledge and capability of the adaptation field as a whole, improving techniques and refining approaches in both science and practice, openly sharing practices, policies and lessons learned, ensuring solutions are relevant to community needs, and increasing public understanding of climate adaptation activities. •Examine the applicability of adaptation theories, methods, research and practice to the facts and analysis of each particular situation and not accept the applicability of a standard solution without first establishing its appropriateness to the circumstances.


•Understand and make the relevant person(s) aware of the potential consequences of actions when giving advice. •Provide timely, adequate, clear, and accurate information on planning, preparedness, mitigation, and adaptation issues and/or practice to all affected persons and decision-makers, as practicable. •Look beyond one’s professional expertise to the concerns of society, and acknowledge both the strengths and limitations of technology and practice. •Promote allied fields and work with colleagues across a broad range of disciplines to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and disasters. •Endeavor to keep abreast of relevant scientific and technical developments through a combination of continued education, training, and learning through practical experience and mentoring.

OPERATE WITH INTEGRITY 1. SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY Members should: •Ground their practice in sound scientific principles, employ established scientific methods, consider traditional ecological knowledge, base conclusions on factual evidence, reasonable judgment and professional expertise, and report findings, uncertainty and interpretations fully, accurately, and objectively. •Take full responsibility for the trustworthiness of their research and practice and, where possible its dissemination. 2. ETHICAL INTEGRITY Members should: •Reflect dignity and honor on their profession with excellence, integrity, fairness and honesty in all aspects of research, professional practice, and communication. •Exercise impartiality, diligence and objectivity in their professional work, promoting and striving for high standards and promising practices in adaptation. •Be personally accountable, unselfish cooperators, and good stewards in the conduct of their research and professional practice. •Take responsibility for the integrity of their contributions when sharing data, findings, and new knowledge, including respecting the intellectual property rights of others and giving credit where credit is due. •Place quality and objectivity of research, practice, applications, and results ahead of personal gain or allegiance to individuals or organizations. •Undertake professional services only when the member or team is qualified by education, training, or experience in the specific technical areas involved and refer requests for service that are beyond professional capabilities or scope of service to those properly qualified.

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•Fully disclose financial, personal, professional, and other conflicts of interest that could compromise the trustworthiness of their work. •Neither offer nor make any payment or gift to a public official with the intent of influencing the official’s judgment in connection with an existing or prospective project in which the member is interested. •Refrain from using confidential information for personal advantage. •Refrain from engaging in private discussions with decision makers in any manner prohibited by law or by agency rules, procedures, or custom. •Not use or display the official seal or logo of the ASAP unless duly authorized by the organization. 4. MANAGING LEGAL CONCERNS Members should: •Embrace the spirit and letter of the law governing their professional affairs. •Conduct research and practice in full understanding of all principles, norms, laws, rules, regulations, codes, and customs applicable to the relevant sectors and fields of practice for the adaptation work, including intellectual property. •In circumstances where decisions or actions violate a law or regulation and/or adversely affect public safety, and the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved by other means, members shall: (a) advise their employer or client against the decision; (b) refuse to consent to the decision; and, (c) report the decision to the local or other public official charged with the enforcement of the applicable laws and regulations. •Not engage in conduct involving fraud or wanton disregard of the rights of others. •When the law does not support policies, practices, or programs that are in alignment with climate adaptation practices, work to define and/or communicate why those laws are societally malfeasant. OPERATE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF CLIENTS AND THE PUBLIC 1. FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT Members should: •Serve clients competently, in a professional and timely manner, based on independent professional judgment, and exercise unprejudiced and unbiased judgment when performing all professional services. •Accept the decisions of client or employer concerning the objectives and nature of professional services performed unless the course of action is illegal, or plainly inconsistent with primary obligation to the public interest. •Refrain from materially altering the scope or objectives of a project without the client’s consent.


•Be truthful, keep clients reasonably informed, and maintain confidentiality in professional communications with clients except when breach is necessary to prevent a clear violation of law, or to prevent a substantial injury to the public. •Fully and openly advise client as to the likelihood of project success and refrain from making exaggerated or unwarranted claims and statements. •Expect respect from clients for professional knowledge, expertise, and guidance. Promote and serve the public interest in personal and professional activities, and in the conduct of professional practice. •Actively and willingly work to improve societal standards in response to both social and technological change. 2. EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Members should: •Engage and interact fairly and evenhandedly with all participants in planning, preparedness, mitigation, and adaptation processes. •Not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation in the profession. •Increase opportunities for members of underrepresented groups to become adaptation professionals and help them advance in the profession. •Ensure that community members and stakeholders have the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the development of plans and programs that may affect them, and include broad participation of those who lack formal organization or influence. •Seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. •Conscientiously consider the specific impacts on and needs of undeserved, under-resourced or isolated communities in adaptation analysis, assessment, planning and implementation. 3. CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, AND OBLIGATIONS TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE Members should: •Respect, protect and improve the environment, and quality of life within it, and preserve the cultural heritage of civilizations and societies. •Endeavor to be an innovative, systems thinker in the pursuit of long-term goals of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. •Support and promote sustainable actions and challenge unsustainable actions.

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•Have respect for the future, recognizing that change is inevitable, and retain an open mind, driven by the need to provide a more adapted and resilient future.

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•Respect future generations by recognizing that they will be more affected by what we do than by what we say. •Do the utmost to set a good example and participate wholeheartedly in the wider community’s efforts to inform and empower future adaptation professionals. In addition to the above requirements of membership, ASAP encourages its members to embrace voluntary public interest or pro-bono activities as a contribution to building the field, such as: public education; engaging with ASAP to connect local, state, and national actions; participating in local public engagement or planning processes; testifying on local, state, or Federal adaptation policies; or other activities supporting, or in the pursuit of values as stated in the ASAP Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics.




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