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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, Former Board Member
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 $1million 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.
Previously, Propst worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, and practiced law, where he represented local governments, landowners, and organizations nationwide in land-use matters. Propst received his law degree and master’s in regional planning, as well as his undergraduate degree, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Propst has co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities, published by Island Press. In addition, Propst serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, the Conservation Lands Foundation, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Carpe Diem West, and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. He has previously served on other boards, including High Country News and the Arizona League of Conservation Voters.
Propst now works in a consulting role to produce conservation and smart growth results and to strengthen Western organizations. He is also writing a book with Sam Western describing the economic and financial importance of sustainable and nature-friendly land use and community development policies in the West. 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. He enjoys exploring the mountains, deserts, canyons, and rivers of the West and beyond.
Johanna Wald is a Senior Attorney in the Natural Resources Defense Council's San Francisco office and the Director of the organization's Western Renewables Project. In her last 35 plus years at NRDC, she has become a recognized expert on management of federal lands and resources, including land use planning, national parks and on- and off-shore energy development, as well as cross-cutting issues such as takings. Since 2007 she has led NRDC’s efforts to facilitate the environmentally responsible generation and transmission of renewable energy in the West.
Ms. Wald is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and is a member of the Commission on the Environment of San Francisco, California.
Kimery Wiltshire is CEO & Director of Carpe Diem West. For over twenty years, Kimery’s work has focused on building strategic, solution-oriented partnerships to meet environmental 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 successful 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.
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.
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 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.
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CMIP5 Updated Climate Models: Implications for Western Water Management
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Vulnerability Assessment, Take Three
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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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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)
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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