The last SDWG Regular Meeting of the US Chairmanship took place in Kotzebue, Alaska on 07-08 February 2017. Please visit KOTZEBUE FEB 2017 under MEETINGS/WORK AREA.
For meeting documents from past SDWG Meetings please visit MEETINGS-WORK AREA.
The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) project will host its first on-site session in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (N.W.T.), Canada on March 20-27, 2017. This Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group project is being led in strong collaboration among Canada, the United States, Iceland, the Gwich’in Council International and the Aleut International Association. ARENA addresses the need for the development of community energy experts to ensure affordable, reliable, and renewable energy solutions for Arctic communities. Its approach integrates web-based seminars with classroom learning and field exposure, and draws from best practices established through the experience of the people living and the organizations operating in the Arctic. A select group of twenty individuals will participate in this pilot project that combines classroom and laboratory demonstrations with visits to communities and sites operating on renewable energy resources in Yellowknife, Alaska, and Iceland between March and October 2017. The Canadian onsite session in NWT will include presentations from speakers with first-hand energy experience in Canada’s northern region, as well as visits to regional centers of sustainable energy development. Students will visit solar energy projects featuring current the newest sustainable technologies, and will learn from community and project leaders. Participants will bring back to their home countries knowledge, skills, tools, and a network of collaborators that will facilitate integrating clean energy technologies in their communities and improving management of fossil fuel resources used for power production and heating. For more information on ARENA and the upcoming Canadian on-site session, please visit the ARENA Website.
The RISING SUN project held a workshop in Iqaluit, Nunavut on 01-02 March 2017 to review domestic and international understanding of suicide and to determine the merit and feasibility of trying to implement the RISING SUN toolkit. Please CLICK HERE for more information and for the Workshop Program. For a media report about the workshop, please CLICK HERE.
The International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action, 24-27 April 2017, Reston, Virginia, USA: This 2017 International Conference will bring together diverse expert communities ranging from scientists to decision-makers in order to identify, explore and create mechanisms and venues where science and knowledge can inform the development of policies and decision-making. As a co-organizer, the SDWG is pleased that several of its projects will be presented at the Conference.