DOE Brings Tribal Members Together for Climate Resiliency; Register by Feb. 23


Tribal leaders have just one day left to RSVP to a forum being held by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on climate preparedness and resiliency.

The deadline to notify the governmental agency about attendance is Monday February 23. It’s the 10th in a series of strategic energy development forums, open to tribal leaders and interested staff, hung around the theme “Tribal Energy Systems: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency,” the DOE said in a statement.

Karen Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a member of President Barack Obama’s Climate Change Task Force, will speak about Climate Change and the Need for Energy Resiliency. She and Jeff Pillon, Energy Assurance Director, National Association of State Energy Officials, will outline ways in which “key energy infrastructure risks are impacting Indian Country as well as highlight resources available to assist tribes as they address climate change risks,” according to the agenda, which the DOE encourages would-be participants to download.

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The forum, to be held near Sacramento on Wednesday March 4, is “geared specifically toward tribal leaders and staff,” the DOE said in its release. Attendees will interact with fellow tribes as well as federal agencies and industry experts in order to learn more about climate change and initiatives helping tribes develop resiliency to the environmental shifts. Energy systems, models and best practices will be covered, the DOE said, as well as energy developments that are clean and climate-resilient. Speakers will also share information on climate-smart energy development practices and uses of green and natural infrastructure, the DOE said.

Besides Diver, tribal speakers will include people from Lake Rancheria, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Yurok Tribe, the DOE said. Speakers will also be on hand from several federal agencies, the DOE said. The free forum is solely open to tribal leaders and staff, and all must register by February 23.

Questions can be addressed to DOE Office of Indian Energy Program Manager Sarai Geary by email or phone at 202-287-6886.

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