Contacts - Western Lands and Communities

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Impact of Climate Change


August 18, 2014 Sonoran Institute hosted a presentation, Impact of Climate Change: Preparedness in the Latino Community.

Visit the webpage for video recording of the event, powerpoint presentations, and links to reports and information refernced.

Recent Workshops

Workshop-CBI-and-WLC-2012 APA-Conference-Web-Notice FinalResponding to Change and Uncertainty: Managing Risk in Decision-Making was held in Phoenix, AZ on March 6-7, 2012.

Find out more about this workshop.



Watering-the-sun-corridor-module-imageWatering the Sun Corridor Workshop was held in Tucson, AZ on January 23, 2012.

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Home Where We Work Westwide Program & Projects Western Land, Water, Energy and Climate Policy Linkages

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Western Land, Water, Energy, and Climate Policy Linkages

Climate Change

Impacts of climate change, already showing up across the West, are expected to intensify in the future. The Institute is ramping up to help western communities reduce and adapt to these impacts, which are evident in prolonged drought, reduced snowpack, earlier run-off, reduced water supplies, more frequent and intense wildfires, and a range of effects on plants and wildlife. For the West to prosper under a changing climate, its communities must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes already underway as effectively, equitably and rapidly as possible. The Sonoran Institute offers information and tools to help local and regional decision-makers better integrate climate change strategies into planning and land management efforts.

Research: To provide new information and tools for decision-makers and land managers, the Institute is planning research on:

  • The potential economic costs of various actions (or inaction) on climate change in the West
  • Urban heat island issues in Western cities
  • The impacts of climate change on the Latino community in Arizona
  • Implementing state climate action plans at the community level
  • Strengthening land use planning and transportation aspects of state climate action plans

Training: To directly provide information to decision-makers and land managers in a convenient and cost effective method, Sonoran Institute is hosting Planning in the West Webinars: Lessons from Local Governments.

Sonoran Institute is offering a webinar series, Adapting to Rising Temperatures. These free technical webinars address sustainability strategies that save money, conserve resources, improve public health, respond to climate change and make communities more attractive places to live. For more information and registration details, please visit the Planning in the West Webinars page.

Conferences and Workshops: To engage stakeholders in discussions on topics that inform land, water, energy and climate policy in the West. 


Wildland-Urban Interface: As more Americans seek to live among the West’s wild beauty, the risk of loss of homes and livelihoods to wildfires increases – and climate change heightens that risk. The Sonoran Institute is exploring opportunities to address this issue.