With a new year approaching, the Climate & Wildfire Institute (CWI) thanks you for supporting our ongoing work to accelerate solutions that help build resilience in the face of increasingly destructive wildfire seasons.
CWI’s mission of delivering climate and wildfire-related research services to decision-makers has continued to evolve since our inception. While connecting research to policy makers is critical, we recognize the need to connect science and data to those on the ground, all while facilitating crucial conversations needed to drive implementable policy that is rooted in existing science. In all that we do, we will continue to allow the dynamism of these issues to inform sustainable, meaningful, and cross-boundary solutions.
Our growth this year cannot be overstated—we convened key partners and experts in June to discuss CWI’s place in the broader climate space while developing an agenda that most aligns with our mission. Following that, we hosted three other topic-specific convenings with a total of more than 150 combined participants from across California and beyond. We are already leading a number of projects that align with the goals set out earlier in the year—these projects are outlined below.
We’ve also continued to expand our leadership team by adding our Deputy Director for Operations and External Affairs, Bethany E. Hannah, and, most recently, Deputy Director for Science and Policy, Stacey Sargent Frederick. With a growing staff and a team of eight founding board members, CWI is also working towards developing a physical headquarters in the Lake Tahoe area to better facilitate the real-world conversations and collaborations that we know are essential in developing better climate and wildfire resilience. Finally, today we are excited to announce the launch of our new website!
In the new year, CWI will continue to fulfill its primary mission of supporting robust science and data infrastructure that allows for timely, accurate, and grounded policy solutions.
Read on for a summary of the projects; the facilitation and implementation of these project areas are CWI’s primary objectives in 2023.