Pre-Conference Workshops

The ACES 2018 pre-conference workshops are available to all registered conference participants on Monday, December 3, 2018 at no additional charge. Current workshop descriptions can be viewed by clicking on the session titles below.

  • Participants will have the option to sign up for workshop sessions while registering for the conference
  • Participants may choose separate morning and afternoon sessions, or a single full-day session
  • Workshop seating is limited and advance registration is required to attend
  • Deadline to register for workshops is October 25th

All-Day Workshops

A Tool for Rapid and Customizable Ecosystem Service Assessment: the ARIES Explorer

8:30am – 12:00pm, Lunch Break, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Ken Bagstad, U.S. Geological Survey

Hands-On Ecosystem Services: Interactive Training of the ESII (Ecosystem Services Identification & Inventory) Tool (Part 1 of All-Day Workshop)

The ESII Tool in Practice: Using the Results of the ESII Tool for Multiple Applications (Part 2 of All-Day Workshop)

8:30am – 12:00pm, Lunch Break, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Kevin and Kenna Halsey, EcoMetrix Solutions Group

Morning Workshops

Applying an Ecosystem Services Framework to Urban Planning and Design

8:30am – 12:00pm

Organized by: Richard Wenning, Ramboll

Conceptual and Practical Tools for Navigating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Trade-Offs for Stakeholder-Driven Sustainability Planning

8:30am – 12:00pm

Organized by: Brian Wee, Neptune and Company, Incorporated

Development of a How-to Guide for Building Quantification Tools used in Habitat and Biodiversity Markets

8:30am – 12:00pm

Organized by: Scott Chiavacci, U.S. Geological Survey

Informing Business Decision Making with the Natural Capital Protocol

8:30am – 12:00pm

Organized by: Doug MacNair, Natural Capital Coalition

Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making: Conceptual Models and Benefit Relevant Indicators

8:30am – 12:00pm

Organized by: Lydia Olander, Duke University

Afternoon Workshops

Baseline Program Concepts to Use to Protect Cultural Ecosystem Services

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Jeffrey Thomas, Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Environmental Markets: Developing a Business and Finance Plan

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Patrick Coady, Seale & Associates

Linking Ecosystem Services to Human Health and Development Impacts – with Evidence

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Christine Jacobs, The Nature Conservancy

Streamlining the Inclusion of “Marine Natural Capital” Into Business Decision Making

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by: Doug MacNair, Natural Capital Coalition

Important Dates for Workshop Organizers

June 4, 2018 Deadline for workshop presenters to submit optional abstracts
July 13, 2018 Deadline for submission of finalized Workshop Description and Agenda for publication on conference website. Final Workshop Agenda to include confirmed full speaker names, talk titles (if applicable), and order of presentations. Click here to view an example of a complete Workshop Description and Agenda.
October 12, 2018 Workshop organizer to email Conference Coordinator Kristin Zupancic detailed workshop set-up and audiovisual requests. You will be contacted prior to the conference to re-confirm final arrangements.
January 11, 2019 Workshop organizer to email Conference Coordinator Kristin Zupancic a Workshop Summary as an MS Word document. Click here to view an example of a Workshop Summary.

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