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"We can't engineer our way out of the climate/water challenge, but we can jump in with both feet. The good news is that climate change forces us to change our thinking and find solutions that work for both people and nature."
Lillian Kawasaki 1950-2013
Laura McIndoe Briefer is the Water Resources Manager for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU), a municipal entity responsible for the provision of culinary water to more than 500,000 people in the Salt Lake Valley, and wastewater and stormwater services in Salt Lake City. As Water Resources Manager, Laura's responsibilities include managing various programs and projects related to watershed and source water protection, water conservation, water rights, and climate change issues. SLCDPU has one of the nation’s more complex water systems due to the location, timing, and nature of its water resources, and the high number of pressure zones in its distribution system. SLCDPU is particularly interested and concerned with mapping its own energy-water nexus, and planning for resiliency in a changing climate.
Prior to SLCDPU, Laura worked for six years as the Assistant Administrator for a small city in Utah, and for eight years as an environmental consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area conducting environmental investigations for contaminated sites and environmental compliance work throughout the country. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
Dr. Holly Hartmann
Dr. Holly Hartmann is Director of the Arid Lands Information Center at the University of Arizona (UA). She is a co- investigator within the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and leads the scenario development team within the UA Science and Technology Center for the Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA). Holly is a national leader in research related to the development of decision support tools for climate, water, and other resource management applications, especially linking research with the needs of decision makers and moving research into agency operations. Current research projects include quantitative verification of climate and hydrologic forecasts; improving communication of probabilistic forecasts and uncertainty; incorporating complex integrated models and climate change within a scenario planning framework; and decision support tool development. Holly has been a Carpe Diem West team member since 2008, and is founding director of the Carpe Diem West Academy.
Scott recently returned to Resource Media after serving as Senior Program Officer for the Russell Family Foundation for several years where he led a strategic re-focusing of the foundation’s environmental grantmaking. He previously worked at Resource Media from 2002-09, leading the organization during a growth period as communications became a higher priority for conservation groups. Scott began his career as a reporter covering the environment beat for KING TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle.
For the past decade, Harriet Moss served as the President and CEO of Antenna Audio Inc., NA. She was instrumental in growing Antenna Audio (AA) from a fledgling $1 million start-up to a $15 million company that is now the world's largest and best-known producer of audio tours for museums and visitor attractions.
Harriet has a 25-year background in media and organizational management and for a decade assisted cities and organizations around the country in utilizing telecommunication technologies. She also has a 25-year involvement in western river conservation through such organizations as Friends of the River.
Over the years she has founded, run and/or served on the Boards of various companies and nonprofits including Environmental Traveling Companions, Museumshop.com, the San Francisco Community Television Corporation, Friends of the River, the Bay Area Video Collective, the Coastal Health Alliance, the Independent Video Group, and Antenna Theater.
Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. Under Propst’s leadership, the Institute grew into what High Country News recently called “a regional conservation powerhouse with 50 employees and a $6 million budget.” With seven offices in the Intermountain West and Northwest Mexico, the Institute works with partners to conserve the West’s public lands, promote sustainable and efficient land use and community development policies, better manage water and rivers, and reform energy policies – the core issues that define how the West is growing and changing. The Institute is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.
Propst now works in a consulting role to produce conservation and smart growth results and to strengthen Western organizations. Propst frequently speaks and writes on Western conservation, land use, economic development, and state trust lands.
Propst splits his time between Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Kimery Wiltshire is CEO & Director of Carpe Diem West. For over twenty years, Kimery’s work has focused on building strategic, solution focused partnerships to meet water and climate challenges.
She is the former Director of the Kenney Foundation, where she worked on initiatives to protect and restore river systems in the western United States. Kimery has led the development of a number of projects, including the Diversity Network Project, supporting social justice and housing in the context of urban environmental health; Resources for Community Collaboration, which provided funding and training for western rural communities to more effectively engage in resource decision making; the Sustainable Business Ratings System, an innovative means of assessing companies’ environmental, economic and social performance; and Girl Scouts Save the Bay, which grew to involve the 100,000-strong Northern California Girl Scout community.
A bred, born and raised daughter of the American West, Kimery has to be reminded that occasionally important things do happen east of the 100th meridian.
Former Board Members
Ann C. Chan, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy at the California Natural Resources Agency, has 15 years of legal and public policy experience.
Ann has significant expertise in the fields of forest climate policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, smart growth, cap-and-trade design, climate adaptation, and environmental law. She was the Senior Climate Change Specialist for The Wilderness Society and founder and director of the San Francisco office of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), a DC-based think tank specializing in climate change policy. She also served as the California Policy Director of The Pacific Forest Trust where she worked to strengthen the role of forests in compliance and voluntary climate change measures. Prior to working in the climate policy arena, Ann spent five years as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She began her career as a securities and finance attorney for the multinational law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Ann holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University.
In 2006, Ms. Kawasaki was elected to the Water Replenishment District which manages the groundwater for nearly 4 million people in 43 cities in southern California. Prior to her election as Director of the Water Replenishment District (Los Angeles Basin), Lillian Kawasaki served as Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she oversaw department-wide environmental issues including the Department's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Prior to her tenure at LADWP, Ms. Kawasaki served as General Manager of the Community Development Department for the City of Los Angeles and, previous to that, was General Manager of the Environmental Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles for ten years. Ms. Kawasaki was a member of the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Friends of Manzanar, and served on the Women's Foundation Donor Circle and the Enterprise Foundation.
Johanna Wald is a Senior Counselor at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She has been with NRDC since 1972, during which time she has become one of the nation's leading advocates for protection and improved management of federal public lands and particularly those under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. Ms. Wald received her law degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Throughout her career she has worked with the Bureau of Land Management on many of its major programs, including its land use planning, livestock grazing, coal and onshore oil and gas programs. Most recently, she has been a leader in NRDC's efforts to facilitate the identification and designation of appropriate sites for development of renewable energy projects in the West as well as associated necessary transmission.
Ms. Wald's honors include being named, in 1992, the National Wildlife Federation's lawyer of the year. In 1993, she was named one of ten Pew Scholars in Conservation and the Environment and, in 1998, she received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Ecology Law Quarterly at the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2012, she was named a Clean Power Champion by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies.
Carpe Diem West Academy launches collaboration with NOAA's Climate.gov
Webinar recording posted!
CMIP5 Updated Climate Models: Implications for Western Water Management
Webinar recording posted!
Vulnerability Assessment, Take Three
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
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