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Return of Anne Waple! | CCASS


A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

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CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

Return of Anne Waple!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Anne Waple, CEO of Studio30k, and 2015 CCASS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will revisit the University of Arizona the week of April 3 to 7.  Waple will give a public talk on Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 5 pm in the Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall, room S107 of ENR2, entitled “Beyond Risk: Supporting Private Sector Climate Investment Through Climate Optimization.”

Business owners, investors, and fund managers are increasingly aware and accepting of the need to account for climate risk in their planning and portfolio management. For example, the Securities and Exchange Commission requires publicly-traded companies to disclose climate risk in their annual reporting, Blackrock released new guidance on adapting portfolios to climate change, and in December 2016, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures released recommendations for how businesses can more consistently assess and disclose financial risk. However, there is still considerable confusion in the private and investment sectors about how to appropriately identify and then manage climate risk, and even more confusion over how to assess business opportunity in a changing climate – a  critical factor in increasing the flow of traditional investment capital. Waple’s talk will outline a new approach in closing this information gap, demonstrating a pathway to investing in climate-smart businesses, and growing the climate solutions sector: an approach called climate optimization.  

Waple will be available to meet with faculty during her visit; contact Mary Black at to arrange a meeting for yourself or with your class.

Studio30k supports climate science, adaptation and resilience activities, and scientific and risk assessment for small businesses, nonprofits, cities, universities, and the U.S. government.  Waple has also served as Acting President and VP and Chief Innovation Officer for Second Nature, and as a Climate Assessment Program Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).