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Regional Climate Impacts: Great Plains

This webinar is part of the Department of Energy (DOE) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) which was created as a  platform to increase engagement of minority and tribal communities in the broader energy sector, with a focus on minority-owned businesses and workers. MIE initiatives focus on the three primary goal areas of STEM education and workforce development, energy economic development, and climate change. As part of the climate change goal, DOE will host eight Regional Climate Change Impact Webinars that will host speakers who will discuss regional efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts as they relate to the President's Climate Action Plan with a particular focus on engaging minority communities.

Experts will provide findings from the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), energy job strategies, and the National Climate Impact Assessment. As part of the QER discussion, we plan to share climate-based findings related to national security, resilience, the grid of the future, environment, grid siting, and shared transport. This discussion will outline federal energy policy objectives, proposals, and actions, particularly as they relate to climate change and resilience for underserved communities. For more information on the QER, please visit http://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-qer.

An expert on energy and climate change job strategies will also discuss job opportunities by region as well as regional options for renewables and energy efficiency.

The final section of the webinar will focus on findings from the National Climate Assessment and their regional applicability to those communities who are disproportionally impacted by the effects of climate change.

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