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Date:
September 30th
Time:
8am-1pm
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

The Arctic Council

Wednesday, September 30

8am-9am

Online

Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

Learn about the Arctic Council, its role, processes, and future during this session. 

Speakers:

  • Mike Sfraga, Director – Polar Institute at The Wilson Center
  • Ambassador David Balton, Senior Fellow – Polar Institute at The Wilson Center
  • Gail Schubert, President and CEO – Bering Strait Native Corporation
  • Liza Mack, Aleut International Association

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.  

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
September 30th
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Oil  –  Seafood  –  Visitors:
Three of Alaska’s Major Economic Sectors
in the Time of COVID

Wednesday, September 30th

Noon-1pm

Online

Alaska’s economy continues to weather the challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. How are the oil, seafood, and visitor industries facing these challenges? What impacts has the pandemic had? How are these industries pivoting toward the future? Commonwealth North hosts the leaders of these industries’ trade associations to share their reflections and outlooks for their respective industry.

Speakers:

  • Kara Moriarty, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
  • Chris Barrows, Pacific Seafood Processors Association
  • Sarah Leonard, Alaska Travel Industry Association

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

CWN Launches New Website

Alaskans asked their choices to close the budget gap

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website to assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge. The web site www.akbudget.com offers Alaskans the opportunity to make revenue and spending choices to address the projected $1.3 billion dollar shortfall in the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget.

The web site was developed by CWN’s Fiscal Policy Study Group. Since last May, the group has been working to flesh out the most likely options for balancing the state’s budget. Click below for a brief introductory video and visit the website.

We look forward to your budget solutions and thank the Fiscal Policy Study Group for their hard work!

Introductory Video

Date:
September 24th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Food Security Study Group

Thursday, September 24th

8am-9am

Work Session

Online

We will have a session to discuss the next steps for the group and work to develop an outline for our report. The program is free of charge, but please register to obtain your login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Thursday, September 17th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Food Security Study Group

Household Food Security in Alaska

Thursday, September 17th

8am-9am

Online

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker: Alisha Coleman-Jensen, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Food Assistance Branch. 

Alisha Coleman-Jensen is the team leader of U.S. food security research at ERS and is the lead author of USDA’s annual report Household Food Security in the United States. Her research focuses on the measurement and determinants of food insecurity.

Coleman-Jensen will address the Food Security Study Group to present the findings for Alaska from the most recent iteration of the Household Food Security in the United States report. 

Alisha holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Rural Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.

Her research and recent publications include work on disability as a risk factor for food insecurity, food insecurity among Hispanic adults, measuring food insecurity in households with children, cost-related medication underuse among adults in food-insecure households, and examining the relationships among food security, food prices, inflation, and unemployment. The program is free of charge, but please register to obtain your login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, September 2nd
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

State and Federal Lands
in Alaska’s Arctic

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Online

Collectively, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management manage more than 55 million acres of public lands in Alaska’s arctic region. These lands hold vast oil and gas, mineral, wildlife, and scenic resources. 

Join Commonwealth North to hear from the senior managers of public lands in Alaska’s Arctic. They’ll provide a survey of lands under their purview in the Arctic region, a review of any plans or initiatives for those lands, a review of oil and gas activities, and provide project status updates.

SPEAKERS

Deputy Commissioner Sara Longan (confirmed) Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Chad Padgett (confired)
State Director
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior

REGISTRATION: The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

                                                                       
Arctic Policy Study Group
The Arctic Policy Study Group typically meets weekly on Wednesdays (usually at 8 a.m.) throughout the summer and early fall. Please join us to explore the issues critical to the region and our state.

Submit Questions in Advance If you have questions pertinent to the session topic, you can submit those in advance to exec@commonwealthnorth.org. Include “APSG 09/02/2020” in the subject line.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, September 11th
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Energy Policy Study Group

Potential of River and Tidal Hydropower for Rural Alaska

Wednesday, September 11th

Noon-1pm

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here

We will have a briefing from Ocean Renewable Power Company on their efforts to commercialize run of river and tidal hydropower in Alaska and internationally.

Speaker: Stuart Davies, CEO, ORPC

The program is free of charge, but please register to receive your login details.How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, September 2nd
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

Alaska’s Competitiveness in Global Oil and Gas Markets

Wednesday, September 2nd

Noon-1pm

Online

The video is now available online.

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Join us for a presentation by IHS Markit about their recent analysis of Alaska’s competitiveness in oil and gas markets both domestically and internationally. It also addresses Alaska’s future competition for investment. The study was commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute.

Speaker: Irena Agalliu, Vice President, IHS Markit

The program is free to members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students.

How to Zoom
You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, August 26th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online
Arctic Policy Study Group

The Ocean Between Us:
Governance and Cooperation in Arctic Waters

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Online

This program has sold out.
Video will be made available after the program.
With ever increasing human activity and rising geopolitical tensions, the interests of arctic nations and states converge in the Arctic Ocean.  What governance structures are in place to regulate activities in arctic waters? How can stakeholders establish efforts to dissipate tensions and ensure cooperation in the arctic?

Join Commonwealth North and the Polar Institute at The Wilson Center for a discussion about the future of Arctic Ocean governance, the Central Arctic Oceans Agreement, perspectives on international cooperation, Alaska's role in cooperative efforts, and international fisheries issues that impact Alaska.
MODERATOR
 
Michael Sfraga (confirmed)
Director, Polar Institute
The Wilson Center 
 
SPEAKER
Ambassador David Balton (confirmed)
Senior Fellow, Polar Institute;
Former Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries, U.S. Department of State
THANKS to our Arctic Collaborator and Session Host:
Arctic Policy Study Group
The Arctic Policy Study Group typically meets weekly on Wednesdays (usually at 8 a.m.) throughout the summer and early fall. Please join us to explore the issues critical to the region and our state.
 
How to Zoom
You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.
Date:
Thursday, August 13th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Food Security Study Group

Large Retailer and Shipper Perspecitves

on Food Security and the Pandemic

Thursday, August 13th

8am-9am

Online

With five to seven days of food supply on store shelves, finely-tuned just in time inventory systems, shifting consumer demands, and long, vulnerable supply chains, maintaining food supplies in Alaska is a constantly evolving strategic and tactical dilemma. This session will focus on how large retailers and shippers maintain food supplies and react to disruptions in the system. 

Speakers:

  • Bob Ripley, General Manager, Dimond Costco – confirmed
  • Eddie Walton, Director of Railbelt Logistics, Matson – invited

 The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.