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ACES Town Halls

The ACES 2014 Conference is pleased to present a variety of Town Hall Discussions during the conference. Town Hall Meetings will be under the guidance and direction of the Town Hall Meeting Organizer, who will moderate the discussion. Town Halls may have designated topic leaders or other appointed speakers who may lead discussions, however, in this informal setting, attendees are encouraged to take an active role and participate in discussions led by the moderator.

Town Halls will be offered in the lunch and evening hours of the conference. Please make plans to attend and share your voice in these collaborative discussions.


Current town hall descriptions can be viewed by clicking on the session titles below. Post-conference Town Hall Reports are also linked below where available.


Monday Evening Town Halls

Habitat Exchange Mock Transaction

Monday, December 8, 2014 | 4:45pm-5:50pm
Organized by: Katie Riley & Jeremy Sokulsky, Environmental Incentives, LLC

Post-Conference Town Hall Report

Integrating the Value of Nature into Business Decisions

Monday, December 8, 2014 | 4:45pm-5:50pm
Organized by: Sheila Walsh Reddy, The Nature Conservancy

Post-Conference Town Hall Report

Post-Conference Blog Post


Tuesday Lunch Town Halls

Managing Agricultural Hydrology to Deploy Ecosystem Service Markets

(featuring presentation by Chief Jason Weller, USDA NRCS)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Alex Echols, Sand County Foundation

Ecosystem Services and Municipal Planning: Engaging Local Decision-Makers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Coeli Hoover, US Forest Service

Post-Conference Town Hall Report


Tuesday Evening Town Halls

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Opportunities for Science to Inform International Policy on Biodiversity Change

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 5:45pm-6:50pm
Organized by: Clifford Duke, Ecological Society of America

Post-Conference Town Hall Report

Federal Coordination in the Chesapeake Bay- Reducing Complexity in Water Quality Trading

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 5:45pm-6:50pm
Organized by: Kathryn Zook, USDA - Office of Environmental Markets


Wednesday Lunch Town Halls

Linking Health and Nature: Making Sure People are Really Part of Ecosystem Services

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessing Ecosystem Service Values- Moving Beyond Economics

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: David Ervin, Portland State University

Launch of the President’s Ecosystem Vulnerability Climate Data Initiative and EcoINFORMA: Using Data and Tools to Build Resilience

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Olivia Ferriter, US Geological Survey

Post-Conference Town Hall Report


Wednesday Evening Town Hall

Ecosystem Services in Federal Decision Making: Synthesis and Reflection

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 7:30pm-8:30pm
Organized by: Erica Goldman, Chad English, & Heather Mannix, COMPASS

Post-Conference Town Hall Report


Thursday Lunch Town Halls

Applying an Ecosystem Services Framework to Climate Change Adaptation

Thursday, December 11, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Frank Casey, US Geological Survey

Strategy-Building for Ecosystem Services and Markets at USDA

(featuring presentations by Deputy Under Secretary Ann Mills, USDA; Chief Thomas Tidwell, USDA Forest Service; and Chief Jason Weller, USDA NRCS)

Thursday, December 11, 2014 |12:15pm-1:20pm
Organized by: Kathryn Zook, USDA - Office of Environmental Markets


Thursday Evening Town Halls

Leveraging Partnerships to Enhance Preparedness and Resilience for Climate Change and Ecosystem Services

Thursday, December 11, 2014 |5:45pm-6:50pm
Organized by: Ilya Fischhoff, US Global Change Research Program

Post-Conference Town Hall Report

What is Ecosystem Accounting Anyway? Could it be a Game Changer for Sustainable Development?

Thursday, December 11, 2014 |5:45pm-6:50pm
Organized by: Rosimeiry Portela, Conservation International and Glenn-Marie Lange, World Bank



August 25, 2014

Final Town Hall description edits due to Conference Coordinator Jasmine Garcia, for use in the conference program.

January 9, 2015

Town Hall Organizer to email Conference Coordinator Jasmine Garcia, final Town Hall Report as an MSWord document.


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