Mar 19, 2012 | Post by: Maura No Comments

ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCY

 

 

 

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               RISING TO MEET THE CHALLENGE:

         ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT STORM?

        May 3, 2012                         Wiscasset Town Office                      6:00 PM

Local officials including elected officials, administrators, county and municipal planners, first responders, public works directors, waterfront commissions, and interested citizens are invited to attend and participate in a regional discussion on ways communities and individuals can adapt to rising sea levels, more frequent storm surges, and other weather-related events.

With a state and regional lens, the workshop will focus on recent sea and weather events, predictions and financial impacts of forecasted events.  We will discuss how communities can become more prepared and resilient to adapt to these weather related events.  The workshop also hopes to encourage citizen engagement in efforts to improve community vulnerabilities to flooding.

The workshop will feature expert presentations from Dr. Samuel Merrill of the Muskie School of Public Service, Bob Faunce of the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, and Tim Pellerin,  Director of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency. It is sponsored by Dragon Farm, a mid-coast based educational nonprofit, and Chewonki.

Sam Merrill is an Associate Research Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, and Director of the New England Environmental Finance Center, housed at the Muskie School. His research interests include the fiscal and policy connections between land conservation and development in New England, and developing tools for financial adaptation to sea level rise.

Bob Faunce, as Lincoln County Regional Planner, manages a countywide Coastal Hazard Resilience Project examining the potential impact of a two-foot sea level increase.  Tim Pellerin helped the county craft and adopt a Hazard Mitigation Plan to lessen impacts of a potential weather or flood related disaster.

A light supper will be provided at 5:30 PM.  Please respond by emailing mauramelleyco@gmail.com  or calling 354-0007.

Dragon Farm is a mid-coast based educational nonprofit, founded over twenty years ago, with a focus on sustainability, social justice and the support of true dialogue across differences.  It is also a program incubator for projects that meet their mission. For more information, visit http://www.dragonfarm.org

Chewonki is dedicated to helping people grow individually and in community with others by providing educational experiences that foster an understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world and that emphasize the power of focused, collective effort. Visit www.chewonki.org

 

 

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