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Navigating the challenges of climate change requires that water leaders from across the spectrum think about the big picture together. Carpe Diem provides the place for them to do that different from any other.
"The great thing about Carpe Diem West is that they get both sides of the equation – the science side and the human side. And they know the ground. So when they come up with an idea you tend to pay attention, because it's not going to be some pie-in-the-sky solution air-dropped from 30,000 feet. It's going to be something that works to protect these specific resources, in these specific places, and these specific communities."
Karen Knudsen Executive Director, Clark Fork Coalition
Carpe Diem West does its work in three primary ways:
Convening: We organize and support the Carpe Diem West network through meetings and facilitating communications to develop areas of opportunity and need and developing new programs and policy proposals.
Collaborating: Working with our leadership team as well as our Board and Advisors - comprised of scientists, economists, academics, agency specialists, business people, community leaders, funders, and conservationists - guide the overall direction organization’s work, using their collective expertise and diverse backgrounds to help generate and refine the content of Carpe Diem West’s programs.
Communicating: Our Network of over 600 Western water managers, advocates, energy providers, scientists, and policy makers come together in working groups and formal convenings to propose and develop smart, science-based solutions, and to exchange information and ideas that improve their effectiveness in their daily work on these issues in their respective fields.
Carpe Diem West provides the communications process that Network members use to address issues, find information and make decisions. For example, CDW prepares policy briefs to frame the issues, and blogs regularly to help keep our growing network informed. The working groups:
- Highlight existing programs that are successfully addressing the priority issues and explore ways to replicate these programs and take them to scale where possible.
- Pinpoint the scientific, economic, ecosystems information, and other tools needed to further develop policy and best practices objectives.
- Create the framework for new alliances and initiatives by mapping out the next stages and identifying the necessary leadership.
We provide a convening and communications framework where stakeholders and leaders with differing backgrounds and interests can together forge pragmatic, science-based responses to the dilemmas presented by the growing climate crisis. This process has produced the wide-ranging stakeholder network that informs and guides all of Carpe Diem West’s work.
Under Carpe Diem West’s network model, our ability to secure extensive pro bono participation by leaders who are committed to our mission allows us to leverage much greater influence and effectiveness than we could otherwise achieve given our modest staff and resources.
Currently, Carpe Diem West is focusing on these four programmatic areas:
Latest webinar recording posted!
Effective Messaging: Communicating Nature's Benefits
Carpe Diem West releases report New Visions, Smart Choices - Western Water Security in a Changing Climate
Healthy Headwaters Alliance rolls out inaugural Policy Platform
Latest Academy webinar recording archived- Watershed Valuation: A Closer Look
Healthy Headwaters 6th Leadership Convening in Portland a resounding success
Academy Webinar Series: November 14
Robust Decision Making
Academy Webinar Series: September 20th
Vulnerability Assessment - Take Two
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We've moved! Please update your records with our new address
Carpe Diem West's new Director of Programs starts July 9th!
Meet Cynthia Koehler
Academy Webinar Series: June 21st
Watershed Valuation - From Australia to the American West
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Healthy Headwaters Alliance rolled out April 2012, releases charter Policy Platform
Carpe Diem West Academy launches its newsletter!
Academy Webinar Series: March 21st
Getting Through the Bottleneck: Assessing Vulnerability
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Leadership Convening Summary: Healthy Headwaters
Carpe Diem West’s fourth Healthy Headwaters convening, an invited leadership group from water utilities, conservation NGOs, government, and the scientific community addressed emerging issues arising in their work to create resilient watersheds and water security in the American West in a time of climate change – in Oakland on October 28, 2011. Read More
NEW Report: Governing Like A River Basin: Options for Expanded Stakeholder Engagement in the Colorado River Basin examines examples of successful stakeholder engagement processes and how they may be used in conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Basin Study to build long-term solutions for the Colorado River. Read More
NEW Report: Read Carpe Diem West's report, Watershed Investment Programs in the American West. An Updated Look: Linking Upstream Watershed Health & Downstream Security, which provides information on what communities are doing to protect their headwaters. Read the report
Charting the Rapids Ahead
In partnership with the Center for Public Health & Climate Change, Carpe Diem West conducted an overview analysis to assess the intersection of western water, climate change and public health.
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Webinar on the U.S. Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework (WCF)
Hosted by Carpe Diem West –
U.S. Forest Service's Anne Zimmermann, Director of Watersheds, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants talks about the WCF and how is it guiding on-the-ground restoration.
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Carpe Diem West Academy Website Phase II
Thanks to the generous funding of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, we're off and running on Phase II of the Carpe Diem West Academy. Launching in December 2011, Phase II will be even more dynamic, offering webinars, discussion forums, feedback mechanisms, user profiles, and new tools and best practices. Read More
Healthy Headwaters Meeting Summary
Carpe Diem West's Healthy Headwaters Working Group held its third face-to-face meeting - along with an invited group of western water leaders – in Denver on March 25, 2011. Read More
'Thinking Like a River Basin' Report
Carpe Diem West's report, Thinking Like a River Basin: Leaders' Perspectives on Options and Opportunities in Colorado River Management, paints a portrait of a river basin – and a leadership community – at a crossroads. Read More
Denver Post Colorado River Op-Ed
On February 25, the Denver Post ran an insightful op-ed by Carpe Diem West leader Doug Kenney of the Colorado River Governance Initiative at the University of Colorado in Boulder, about the long-term future of dwindling Colorado River supplies in the face of climate change – and what people are doing about it.
New CRS Report on Energy's Water Demands
In January 2011, lead author Nicole Carter and her colleagues at the Congressional Research Service submitted their new report, Energy's Water Demand: Trends, Vulnerabilities, and Management, to Congress. It provides an excellent overview analysis of the water footprint of energy in the United States. Read More