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Nov. 16 Ecosystems Summit to Focus on Climate Change Solutions

The free, day-long conference will feature key-note speakers and interactive breakout sessions at the onsite event and as part of an online livestream

The City of Boulder and key partners invite the community to join other residents, scientists, public officials and non-profit organizations at a free, day-long conference to explore emerging ecosystem threats and how to best to respond. A number of significant, local environmental initiatives will be announced at the gathering.

Cities, Ecosystems and Climate Change: Facing Threats, Growing Opportunities.
Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: The University of Colorado Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center (SEEC) (4001 Discovery Drive)

The Ecosystems Summit is an ideal conference for people who are:

  • Concerned about how climate change and urban development impact local ecosystems?
  • Noticing species declines (pollinators, song birds, aquatic species), unusual animal behaviors, urban forest die back (from Emerald Ash Borer, other insects and diseases)?
  • Curious about what’s being done locally and how to help?

Onsite registration is currently fully booked. However, people interested in participating are encouraged to join a waitlist and sign-up to join the interactive livestream, which will be available at the time of the event at

In addition to the City of Boulder, key Ecosystems Summit partners include Boulder County, the Wild Foundation, the University of Colorado Boulder Center for Sustainable Landscapes and Communities, the Y On Earth Community, and Earth Coast Productions.

In 2018, the city has highlighted the significant role ecosystems play in addressing and responding to climate change. City staff are seeking new ways to collaborate with each other and the community on ecosystems projects. 

Ecosystems are communities of living organisms, such as humans, animals and plants, and the non-living materials they interact with, such as water, air and soil. As the unseen regulators of carbon emissions, ecosystems play a key role in our climate contribution and how we experience impacts such as drought, temperature extremes and pest infestation. To stabilize climate and prepare for climate changes already under way, the community—public, private, academic, non-profit--must work together to improve the health and resilience of Boulder’s ecosystems.  The summit will feature a range of different action areas and opportunities for participation from a personal/household level, to large-scale institutions, land owners, and property managers.

Bloggers and social media followers are encouraged to use #EcosystemsSummit2018 when discussing the event.

Published: Nov. 6, 2018

Media Contacts:
Ben Irwin, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
Brett KenCairn, Climate Initiatives Department, 303-441-3272