Safeguarding Idaho’s Economy in a Changing Climate – meeting facilitation







Last fall, I helped facilitate a working group during a two-day summit about Idaho’s changing climate designed to explore market-based solutions for safeguarding Idaho’s economy, health, landscape and lifestyle.

On Nov. 16-17, business and civic leaders around the state convened to explore how we can collectively address the impacts of a changing climate. Businesses, organizations, schools and individuals participated, both online and in person at sites around the state.

  • Boise State University, Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom, Boise
  • University of Idaho, Idaho Commons Building, Moscow
  • Idaho State University, Pond Student Union Building, Pocatello
  • Henry’s Fork Foundation Office, Ashton

The Summit agenda a thought-provoking keynote, full-audience panels, and five topical breakout sessions in which subject matter experts introduced the conversation. Our facilitated workshops had a main Workshop Facilitator (one per topic), as well as small-group facilitators (one per group of ten).

The main facilitator role was to help everyone stay focused on topic, move the conversations forward if they got stuck and move between groups, With the support of a note-taker, they documented and synthesized highlights to share with the main audience. The small group facilitator’s role was to keep each group on track and manage the conversation within the given timeframes.

The group I facilitated was “Buildings and Cities.” What is the role of infrastructure in cities in the changing climate? What are the risks to communities and how can urban infrastructure handle extreme weather? Questions we explored included: How might we improve Idaho’s built environment to reduce pollution, increase use of renewable energy, and improve quality of life? How might community growth and development, and generation of distributed energy resources be used to adapt to Idaho’s changing climate?

You can read more about the Summit, and download the report at


















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