Foundation Hosts Next 100 Years Challenge Technical Assistance Webinar Series

April 3, 2023

Join Us for Our Next 100 Years Challenge Technical Assistance Webinar Series for Nonprofits and Government Agencies

First webinar “Understanding Climate and Risk 101: An All Hazards Approach” takes place on Monday, April 10th, 2023 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Register now! 

In celebration of its centennial year, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) recently announced a new initiative, the Next 100 Years Challenge. The million-dollar Next 100 Years Challenge is a regional competition designed to inspire and attract plans for community-centered and cost-effective infrastructure improvements, including nature-based solutions, in thirteen parishes of Southeast Louisiana that will address the threat of storms and other disasters. The Foundation will award $100,000 each to up to ten collaborative teams that demonstrate strong potential to secure additional infrastructure dollars from the State of Louisiana, federal government, and other funders. Learn more about the Next 100 Years Challenge.

To support nonprofits, government agencies, and municipalities in developing innovative projects and strong applications for federal funding the Greater New Orleans Foundation is presenting a series of webinars.

These webinars have been developed in consultation with planners, climate experts, and public sector partners to provide a foundational understanding of the building blocks of successful applications for federal, state, and local funds. In these webinars, you will learn directly from leading, nationally recognized experts who have deep knowledge and understanding of the tools and frameworks necessary to develop the best solutions to our region’s resilience challenges.

In this webinar, participants will receive an overview of the principles and practices for understanding climate and other vulnerabilities and risks and developing the actions to address them using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Steps to Resilience framework. Information will be presented on the projected climate changes for the region using data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment. Our experts will discuss how the predicted changes relate to natural and man-made hazards and the general implications for these hazards to the Southeast Louisiana region. Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques to analyze vulnerabilities and risks and will have time during the webinar to ask questions about specific and natural manmade threats in their community and to try some of the tools.

About our Presenters
Dr. Anne Waple is Founder of Earth’s Next Chapter – a climate change consultancy and communications group. Anne’s current and recent projects involve conducting climate risk assessment with a large multinational corporation, education, and climate information development for the American Institute for Architects. Previously, Anne spent over 12 years in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she led ‘state of the climate’ reports and managed NOAA’s climate assessment program, also directing the Technical Support Unit for the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment.

James (Jim) Fox is a Senior Resilience Associate at Fernleaf. Jim has over 40 years of experience in helping people understand and make decisions in a complex and changing world. Fernleaf delivers resilience decision support solutions, using data to empower communities and companies to make the right investments for resilience and adaptation. They directly support NOAA through the US Climate Resilience Toolkit and the Steps to Resilience Practitioners’ Guide. They also pioneered AccelAdapt, a vulnerability assessment tool that puts assessment capacity directly in the hands of municipal leaders.

Upcoming Webinars – Next 100 Years Challenge Webinar Series

Register for the upcoming webinars here!

2. Finding Leverage: Holistic Planning and Innovation
Tuesday, April 18th, 2023
3 pm-4:30 pm
Scott Davis, Principal, SCG Urban Solutions

3. Successfully Competing for Public Funding and Private Financing
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Joyce Coffee, President and Founder, Climate Resilience Consulting 
Jonathan Lee, Deputy Director of Resilience Services, Climate Resilience Consulting  

4. Connecting Climate Risk and Public Health Impacts
Thursday, April 27th, 2023
9:30 am-11:00 am
Vijay Limaye, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

5. Developing Creative Funding and Financing for Projects
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
9:30 am-11:00 am
Matt Carney, Associate Director, Quantified Ventures
Jason Lee, Director, Quantified Ventures