Creating and Expanding Funding Streams for Adaptation Planning and Implementation

Webinar Date: 
November 21, 2013


Cities and communities are confronted with planning and implementing climate adaptation with very few resources available to help pay for the help they need. Adaptation funding is competing against already limited funding for schools, police, and libraries from scarce local resources. So, while adaptation is a responsible long-term investment for communities, it is usually very difficult to secure adequate funding for planning and implementation. During this webinar we will explore ways to use existing mandates for implementing adaptation, give an example of how adaptation is moving forward in the City of Cleveland, and provide a forum for discussion on challenges and creative ways to move adaptation forward.

This webinar is the first of the National Adaptation Webinar Series and is sponsored by EcoAdapt and Georgetown Law Center and hosted by

Webinar Recording
(Please note we had a few audio disturbances in the webinar for the first 14 minutes of the webinar. The audio does get better but if you have any specific questions please contact the presenter.)


This webinar will focus on identifying existing adaptation funding streams and using existing resources and mandates to implement adaptation. 

1:00-1:15 Lara Hansen. Ph.D.Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt, will discuss The State of Adaptation in the United States. Download the presentation.

1:15-1:30 Sara P. Hoverter, Senior Fellow (health & climate) and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law Center, will discuss federal opportunities and challenges to supporting state and local adaptation. Download the presentation.

1:30-1:45 Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland, will discuss the Cleveland Climate Action Plan and the challenges and plans for implementation. Download the presentation.

1:45-2:00 Open discussion and questions for panel members. 


Lara J. Hansen, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt. Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. Because she’s an optimist she assumes we’ll get our acts together on climate change--who would want the alternative.

Sara P. Hoverter, Senior Fellow (health & climate) and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law Center. Sara is a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Her area of concentration is health policy, including climate change and public health, nutrition and the quality of school food, Medicaid, state and federal health reform, and use of community health workers to reach vulnerable populations.

Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland. As Chief of Sustainability, Jenita McGowan is responsible for advising the City on policies related to sustainability and the oversight of the Office of Sustainability; leading the coordination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to develop new strategies that allow Cleveland to use sustainability as an innovation engine for economic growth, and reducing the City’s ecological footprint with solutions that also save the City money. 


Georgetown Climate Center
City of Cleveland

Reading & Resources

State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview
Federal Funding Compendium For Urban Heat Adaptation - Pre-publication draft November 2013
Cleveland Climate Action Plan