Planning & Growth

"Trump Eases Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands"

"The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens."

Source: NY Times, 01/23/2020
February 2, 2020

DEADLINE: New America's Fellows Program

New America invests in thinkers who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day. $15k-$30k stipend provided and you may stay in your current job, coming together for two cohort gatherings during the fellowship year. Apply by Feb 2.

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Cities Test a Tough Climate Risk Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

"Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate. But this is where Virginia Beach, squeezed between the clamor for new housing and the relentlessness of flooding worsened by climate change, decided to draw its line in the mud."

Source: NY Times, 11/20/2019
September 16, 2020 to September 30, 2020

SEJ's 30th Anniversary Conference (Part 1), Virtual, Sept 2020

Registration is now open for part one of SEJ's 30th Anniversary Conference:
#SEJ2020 Virtual Conference, September 16, 17, 23 and 30, will convene the SEJ community to investigate environmental angles on the 2020 elections and other timely events, celebrate the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, and preview workshops, tours and panels coming in June. Part two, the in-person conference in Boise, takes place June 2-6 (#SEJ2021). Special thanks to our partners at Boise State University and the city of Boise for graciously adapting to these changes necessary to protect everyone's health. Go to the conference website.

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SEJ's 30th Anniversary Conference

Registered attendees can watch recordings of #SEJ2020 in the Whova app. Part two of SEJ's 30th anniversary conference, in-person in Boise, Idaho takes place June 2-6 (#SEJ2021), hosted by Boise State University.

It's critically important to SEJ to gather evidence on the impact of our work. So we're tracking stories inspired by or informed by our virtual conference in September 2020. The stories don’t have to be about a particular virtual session; they can be based on sources or ideas you got from being at the conference, meet-ups, networking, etc. Please help us to keep SEJ strong and share links, photos, copies of reporting generated or informed by this conference. It's never too late! Send your story links to Cindy MacDonald, SEJ's Web content manager.

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Environmental Stories 'Down The Road' in 2020 From Highway Bill

A massive transportation measure is working its way through Congress, with environmental elements including climate change and public transit. But will this “must-pass” measure actually pass in the coming year? Or will it be bogged down by politics or looming questions of how to pay for it? A new Issue Backgrounder explains.

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November 20, 2019

Flooded Future: Assessing the Implications of New Elevation Data for Coastal Communities

You're invited to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, 2:00-3:30 p.m., for a presentation of Climate Central's new research findings and their implications for future humanitarian assistance, economic prosperity, adaptation and resilience initiatives, and global security. Can't attend in person? Tune in to the live webcast instead.

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