AFE 2022: National Climate Assessment Listening Session

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The newest version of the National Climate Assessment, a congressionally mandated report, will be published at the end of 2023. The team writing the Alaska chapter is eager to hear ideas from AFE participants about what the chapter should include and what sources of information are available. This session will start with a brief overview, then we welcome a discussion. ...

AFE 2022: Crossing the Line: Increase in Shipping Traffic Threatens the Bering Strait

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As sea ice retreats, the open water season at northern latitudes is lengthening. The expansion of maritime activity presents new elevated risks to Arctic ecosystems from oil spills, groundings, and collisions to increased water, air, and noise pollution. The only marine gateway between the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean is the Bering Strait. This transboundary region is one of the ...

AFE 2022: What’s Bubbling at Breweries in Alaska? Not Waste!

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Our breweries made some prime products, but did you know they also brew positive environmental practices? Boilers powered by spent grains and fryer oil! CO2 diverted to grow aeroponic greens! Come hear from two Southeast breweries and learn how they’re reclaiming and reusing to minimize impacts to their environment and communities.Presenters: Mike Healy, Skagway Brewing CompanyGeoff Larson, Alaskan Brewing CompanyModerator: ...

AFE 2022: Beyond Wind, Solar, other VER’s: Deep Hot Dry Rock Geothermal (DHDRG) Energy; Eliminates Transmission & Storage

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Deep Hot Dry Rock Geothermal (DHDRG) energy, when we engineer how to bore "deep enough, cheap enough" to profitably access it, will be the ultimate in Distributed Energy Resources (DER), allowing us to supply GHG-emission-free electricity and low-grade heat via autonomous micro- and mini-grids. DHDRG energy, from 6 - 10 km deep, is benign, ubiquitous on Earth, baseload, firm and ...

AFE 2022: Ethnobotany: Where Culture and Plants Entwine

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Ethnobotany is the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between people and plants. At the same time, ethnobotany is a tool of empowerment and cultural revitalization for Indigenous peoples; and finally, it is a means to heal severed relationships to the land and its inhabitants. Learn about one of the nation’s few ethnobotany programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. You ...

AFE 2022: Food Safety and Security After an Oil Spill — What do we need to know?

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Has an oil spill ever threatened your food resources? Are you concerned about what happens if it does? This panel will describe agency roles and factors in making—and communicating—decisions about the safety of wild foods after an oil spill. Panelists will provide brief presentations, but this panel is mostly interested in learning from the audience. What has your experience been ...

AFE 2022: ADEC Commissioner, Jason W. Brune

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Returning to the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Commissioner Brune will provide his annual update on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and their plans and activities for the coming year. Jason W. Brune was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on December 3, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Brune was the senior director of ...

AFE 2022: Green Star Communities Success Stories to Inspire You to Succeed

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The Green Star Community program is Alaska’s Pollution Prevention program focused on rural Alaskan communities. Join the discussion on successful Green Star efforts from around the state. Explore why these projects make a difference and find out how you too can participate in the Green Star Community Program!Presenter - Doug Huntman, Owner - Delta Backhaul Company

AFE 2022: Introducing Microreactors

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Microreactor technology is an innovative nuclear fuel supply that may help communities and countries, worldwide, move forward towards meeting net-zero emissions goals. Microreactors can be a primary source of energy to indigenous communities, remote mines and islands, along with many others, to ensure those locations are not without power. Many times, weather conditions can affect energy supplies, leaving communities without ...

AFE 2022: Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Fish and Invertebrates in Gulf of Alaska Sites

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PSP toxins in marine fish and invertebrates collected at Gulf of Alaska sites were analyzed for PSP toxin concentrations. Toxin concentrations in forage fishes reached the highest levels in Dolly Varden, Pacific herring, and Pacific sand lance, with concentrations several times the U.S. regulatory limit. Toxins were also present in tissues of all five Alaska salmon species and other predatory ...

AFE 2022: Earn College Credit at AFE! Informational Session with UAF Bristol Bay Campus

You can earn college credit for attending AFE. Join Eric Goddard and his team at UAF Bristol Bay Campus for this informative session on how to sign up and an opportunity to get your questions answered. ENVI 150- Viewpoints in Environmental Science: 2022 Alaska Forum on the Environment is a 1 credit online class with a dual credit opportunity for ...

AFE 2022: IGAP FY2023 Grant Q&A with US EPA

EPA staff are available to discuss work plan and budget development for FY23 and any other questions that participants have about the GAP program.Moderators: Susan Conbere, Sophie Manaster, and Santina Gay - EPA

AFE 2022: Hands Across the Bering Strait: Learning from Russian Spill Response and Collaborating for the Future

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As seasonal sea ice diminishes and vessel traffic increases, the Bering Strait region’s natural resources, habitat, and people are at greater risk. This session will describe a collaboration between the Alaska Ocean Observing System and US and Russia World Wildlife Fund to develop an interactive, web-based tool that could be used by both US and Russian planners and responders for ...

AFE 2022: Military Training in Alaska

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The US Navy and US Air Force will discuss information on upcoming joint military training in Alaska, actions to mitigate potential environmental impacts, and ongoing public and tribal involvement with the Gulf of Alaska Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.Presenters: Lt. Col. Matthew Neff, US Air Force, John Mosher, US Navy, Moderator: Karen Coulter

AFE 2022: Southeast Alaska Precipitation: Past and Future

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Over the past five years Southeast Alaska has experienced both severe drought and extreme rainfall. This session will examine these recent past events and the impacts and take a look at some recent research into the future of these "non-normal" precipitation regimes that may play out in the region. Moderator: Heather McFarnland, UAFPresenters: Rick Thoman, UAFBritt Parker, NOAAAndrew Hoell, NOAARick ...

AFE 2022: Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management Program Update

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US Fish and Wildlife Service will overview Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and stewardship activities. Amchitka Island, Alaska was the site of three underground nuclear tests conducted in 1969 and 1971, including the largest underground test ever conducted by the U.S. Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) is responsible for managing an Amchitka site Long-Term ...

AFE 2022: Glass Bottle Return Programs in Alaska

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We’ve all heard stories (or remember) glass return programs for milk back in the day. Did you know glass return is making a comeback?! It’s in place in Alaska in both the new Alaska Range Dairy in Delta Junction and Coppa Ice Cream in Juneau. Come learn about their sustainable and environmentally friendly operations.Presenters: Scott Plagerman, Alaska Range DairyMarc Wheeler, ...

AFE 2022: Oil and Ice: Spill Response Technologies for Cold Climates

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The presence of ice has often hampered responses to marine and freshwater oil spills. However, advanced technologies are enabling responders to better detect and recover oil in the water during icy conditions. These new innovations include the Arctic Domain Awareness Center’s marine-induced polarization methods that can remotely detect and map oil under the water, in broken ice fields, and under ...

AFE 2022: Bird is the Word: Conserving Migratory Birds in Alaska

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Alaska’s birds – an important food source, a means of connection with the outdoors, and who helps keep pesky mosquitos at bay – are an integral part of many Alaskan's lives and to the ecosystem as a whole. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was established to conserve birds and compliance with the Act is important for a variety of activities ...