Institute of the North will host 2012's "Week of the Arctic" in August to "help Alaskans understand critical challenges (new opportunities for development in the north) and issues at stake in the Arctic," according to its website.

The weeklong series will feature several events including a "Sustainable Arctic Award Dinner with guest Robert O. Anderson of Red Dog Mine," an "Arctic Council Strategic Planning Luncheon" and a "Bering Strait Port Authority Workshop."

"Week of the Arctic" takes place Aug. 13-18 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is $275 for a full week, but individual event admission prices vary. For more on Institute of the North's "Week of the Arctic" visit their webpage here or check out the promotional video below.

Later in August, Alaska Dispatch will again host the Arctic Imperative Summit at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, 40 miles south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm.

Arctic Imperative, now in its second year, brings together local, state, national and international leaders of business and public policy to discuss circumpolar development, environment, investment, government, public policy and community. Last year's summit included discussions about national Arctic policy, infrastructure needs in the U.S. Arctic and public-private investment in major projects. Other panels explored Alaska Native concerns about Arctic offshore oil development and increasing traffic in the Bering Strait region.

This year's summit will feature Arctic experts, policymakers, scientists and international Arctic dignitaries. See this year's schedule of events here. The summit will take place Aug. 24-27.