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EWN at Department of Defense Installations – Virtual Workshop

Multi-day Event (August 24-
25, 2021)


24-25 August 2021. This two-day virtual event featured over 40 participants from across the Department of Defense, U.S. Government, industry, non-government organizations, and academia to examine ways to increase resilience on DoD installations using nature-based infrastructure solutions.

Workshop Output Slides (pdf)

Combined Presentations (pdf)

Engineering With Nature is front and center in DoD’s Climate Adaptation Plan.

Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience
Mythbusting Session

Participants were introduced to examples of practical applications of nature-based solutions implemented and planned on DoD Installations. Presentations featured examples from across the Army, Navy, and Air Force at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, and Tyndall Air Force Base.

Breakout Activity 1: Live in the Future

The first breakout activity of the workshop challenged participants to live in three different fictional future scenarios where nature-based solutions took center stage as part of installation resilience planning. Participants brainstormed around what might be some of the opportunities, values, and challenges offered in these scenarios as they lived in the future.

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Vignette 1. Naval Station Curry, Florida. A coastal naval station challenged by rising sea levels and more frequent extreme events.
Breakout Activity 2: Making the Future a Reality

The second breakout activity of this workshop challenged participants to generate ideas around how we might create changes to get to the end states illustrated in the first breakout. In this breakout, participants brainstormed partnerships, enablers, and other criteria that might lead us to the future.

Vignette 2. Fort Allen, a large, western U.S. Army installation challenged by drought and subsequent impacts.
Breakout Activity 3: Action Planning

The third breakout activity of this workshop challenged participants to generate ideas around immediate next steps to create vitality around nature-based solutions across the DoD. In this breakout, participants focused on identifying critical partnerships, key enablers, some quick wins, and longer climbs.

Vignette 3. Prince Air Force Base. A mountainous USAF installation challenged by impacts from frequent wildfires.

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