Adaptation International

Helping communities, businesses, and organizations prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Adaptation International is woman owned small business focused exclusively on helping communities, agencies, and organizations prepare for the impacts of climate change. Adaptation International specializes in bridging the gap between climate science and community action and developing the tools and strategies necessary to mainstream climate change preparedness.  Adaptation International staff has expertise in climate change science, adaptation strategy development and prioritization, public health, public policy, strategic planning, community engagement, and stakeholder involvement.

Our Story

Adaptation International was founded in 2010 from a desire to help communities become more climate resilient. Both our founders have experience working with a variety of communities and large organizations and realized that even if those organizations have the desire to address the issue of climate change, they may not have the time, knowledge, skills, or resources to make the necessary changes. What they need is a flexible, dynamic, experienced, and energetic company to help them in these efforts. We don't do everything environmental, but we do climate change adaptation really well and look forward to working with you.  



Alexander (Sascha) Petersen

Sascha has been working specifically on climate change for more than seven years.  He is a Lead Author for the Great Plains Region of the forthcoming National Climate Assessment (2013) and has worked with both climate scientists and municipal governments.  His focus is on bridging the gaps between climate chance science, policy, and action.  He has lead Adaptation International projects with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Tucson, and Seattle.

As a research scientist with Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, NOAA’s first Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs, he helped develop regionally specific projections for sea-level rise in Washington State. He then used these predictions to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of coastal climate impacts and worked directly with the City of Seattle and King County to evaluate policy response options and adaptation strategies.

Sascha has direct experience with local governments. He led the City of Austin's adaptation efforts through his participation in a Climate Resilient Communities advisory group for ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability and support of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project to assess the local health impacts of climate change. He also served on the Climate and Energy Technical Advisory Committee for ICLEI’s Star Community Index, helped lay the foundation for the development of a Community Climate Action Plan, and completed municipal and community wide greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Sascha has a Bachelor's degree in physics from Pomona College and a Master's degree focusing on climate change science and policy from the University of Washington. Prior to working on climate change, he trained astronauts at the Johnson Space Center.

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Liz Rohlich

Liz is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with Master's degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas in Austin.

She has worked in a small town clinical setting in Homer, Alaska and a large level-one trauma hospital in Austin, Texas. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she delivered vaccinations to communities in rural Bolivia, which sometimes required riding for hours down a dirt road in a Jeep that served as the mobile medical clinic.

With experience working as a health care provider in different parts of the world, she is concerned with how climate change will affect human health. She has a particular affinity for working with low-income and underserved segments of communities that are likely the most vulnerable to climate change.

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Jacob Bell

Jake has been involved in the Climate Change field since 2007 with a focus on the human health impacts of climate change.  He currently provides project consulting on climate change public health research in Alaska Native Villages. He remains involved in, and was previously full time staff for, the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, Alaska. This work involves development of community climate change/health impact scenarios, monitoring of climate-sensitive health outcomes, and local collaboration for relevant adaptation interventions. Previous experiences include climate change health research at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C. and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jake holds a degree in Psychology from Pomona College and a Master's degree in Global Health with a focus in environmental health from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

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Missy Stults

Missy is a Science Research Fellow at the University of Michigan working on development of the Adaptation Chapter for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. In this role, Missy is working with leading climate adaptation and mitigation experts to identify major themes and trends in national climate adaptation efforts for distillation into the 2013 National Climate Assessment.  Before joining the University of Michigan, Missy was the national Climate Director for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability where she worked with over 600 local governments to advance their climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and sustainability efforts.

Missy received her Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of New England in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and her Master's degree from Columbia University in Climate and Society.  Missy is also enrolled at the University of Michigan to pursue her doctoral degree in urban adaptation. 


Jamie Parks

Jamie is a community transportation expert, with experience in multimodal transportation planning, pedestrian and bicycle safety, project prioritization, and performance measurement. Jamie has worked with dozens of clients throughout the country to develop transportation projects and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase equity, and make cost-effective use of limited resources. His work ranges from neighborhood-level planning efforts to developing national resource documents, such as the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guideand TCRP Report 153: Guidebook for Access to Public Transportation Stations. Jamie is an effective communicator and provides his clients with a well-rounded perspective based on his involvement in a wide variety and geographic diversity of projects.

Jamie has a Bachelor’s degrees in History and Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Northwestern University. He is an avid cyclist and pedestrian, and has lived car-free since 2003. 


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