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October 29–31, 2018 | Columbia, SC

Regional Adaptation Leadership Award

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients!

2018 Carolinas Regional Adaptation Leadership Award Winner

Holly White
Principal Planner, Town of Nags Head, NC

Honorable Mention for Adaptation Integration

Steven Frank
Associate Professor of Entomology, NC State University

Honorable Mention for Building Capacity and Fostering Connectivity

John Fear
Deputy Director, NC Sea Grant and NC Water Resources Research Institute

Read more about the award winners here and here.

What Is the RALA?

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CISA is excited to partner with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) to present the first ever Carolinas Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA). The RALA, first awarded in California in 2016, recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate adaptation field through exceptional leadership. It acknowledges the fact that deliberate, proactive 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. At its heart are individuals who make this change happen, sometimes with very few resources. The RALA recognizes distinguished adaptation leaders who approach their work in a strategic, sophisticated, well informed, inclusive, and effective manner.

Carolinas RALA Award

  • $500 cash
  • a year of ASAP membership (valued at $150)
  • complimentary registration to the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in 2018 or 2020

RALA Selection Committee

RALA nominations were reviewed by members of a volunteer selection committee. Members were Frank Alsheimer, Sylricka Foster, Tiffany Hartung, Steve McNulty, Ellen Mecray, Tancred Miller, Robert Osborne, Anna Schwab, and Ashley Ward.

About ASAP and the RALA

As the nation’s leading professional society for adaptation and resilience practitioners, ASAP is ensuring that climate adaptation and resilience work is equitable, ethical, and effective. ASAP connects and supports climate adaptation professionals, while advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation. Through ASAP’s website, affinity groups, webinars, and meetings climate adaptation professionals interact, share what’s working, collaborate with their colleagues and build essential climate resilience for communities across the U.S.

ASAP’s two award programs, the Regional Adaptation Leadership Award and the Prize for Progress, highlight excellence in adaptation leadership and excellence in adaptation practices of communities and organizations, respectively. These programs are a critical component of ASAP’s work supporting and connecting adaptation professionals and advancing innovation and excellence in the field of climate change adaptation.