Carpe Diem West (Sausalito, CA)

Name

  • Name:Kimery Wiltshire

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Carpe Diem West
  • Address:209 Caledonia
    Floor 2
    Sausalito, CA 94965
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(415) 332-2112

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General

  • Mission:
  • Carpe Diem West guides an innovation network of diverse leaders working to address the effects of climate change and create water security solutions for people and the environment of the American West.

  • Overview:
  • Carpe Diem West leads an innovation network of diverse western water leaders. Together, we develop new and sustainable responses to the impacts of climate change on water resources. Through this broad-based network, leaders access a collaborative framework, identify new approaches for addressing climate change impacts, share information quickly and integrate communication strategies and tools to promote success.

    These values guide our work:

    • Build trust: Build the network by investing in relationships, identifying and aligning common interests, valuing what each network member brings to the table, ensuring transparency and accountability, and maintaining clear and accessible communication.
    • Re-think the possible: Embrace change, try new approaches, accept risk, and learn from collective experiences.
    • Create results: Identify and track measures of success, invest in the effective communication of results, and build the capacity of network members to be successful in achieving their goals.
    • Ensure diversity and work across scale: Provide the essential ingredients for long-term equitable change by ensuring a diversity of perspectives, geography, sectors, and experiences.
    • Advocate for sustainability: Develop smart, durable responses, incorporating new technologies that ensure a resilient natural environment.

  • History:
  • Carpe Diem West was started in 2007 by a group of Western water leaders acting on a shared belief that the climate crisis requires everyone in the field to think in new ways. The organization emerged from the realization that western water issues were already complex and divisive, and that the profound changes climate scientists predict for the American West will only increase the pressure on the region’s limited water supplies. Carpe Diem West’s founders concluded that the existing culture of conflict and compartmentalized thinking is simply inadequate to deal with these new challenges, and that new ways to address Western water issues were needed.
    Since 2007, Carpe Diem West has built an effective network representing a cross-section of western water, community and science leadership. The organization continues to expand its climate and water science services, along with communication tools. Carpe Diem West programs support network partners engaged in the work of accelerating pathways for no-regrets, sustainable actions to protect water resources in the time of climate change.
    Carpe Diem West’s current focus is on the Healthy Headwaters Program, building awareness of and solutions to the great risk facing the mountain watersheds that provide most of the American West’s drinking water. These forested headwaters are seeing a rapid spread of endemic species such as the mountain pine beetle, increases in the number of uncharacteristic wildfires, and other man-made stressors that can damage watersheds. Many headwaters are also weakened by past management legacies that must be remedied with restoration. Funding for restoration is piecemeal, through federal, state, local and private sources, challenging forest managers to enact new policies to leverage diverse funds. A changing climate is exacerbating all of these problems as warmer conditions prevail, rain and snowfall become more erratic, floods and droughts become more severe and wildfires become more destructive.
    Together, these factors have created the opportunity to forge new partnerships for headwaters protection. Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Program has made a space for and promotes and guides these types of partnerships, built around a strong, non-traditional alliance of urban water utilities, agency officials, conservationists, community and business leaders, scientists and others who are innovating on-the-ground headwaters restoration and water supply protection.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:22
  • Staff size:4

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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