March 2019
The Resilience Roundup highlights announcements, events, and funding opportunities along with links to the previous month's local, state, and national resilience news. 
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Funding Opportunity: Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species 
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAPAIS) is offering a small grants competition, including submissions that address how climate change may influence aquatic invasive species. 
Proposal Deadline: March 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
Funding Opportunity: Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking through its Climate Adaptation Fund - a program to support projects that implement effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.
Pre-Proposals Deadline: April 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
Stamford's Municipal Grant Product: Resilience Opportunity Assessment
The City of Stamford partnered with New Ecology, Inc. to develop a resilience assessment process for identifying hazards and adaptation strategies, including elevating mechanical and electrical equipment, flood proofing buildings, flood barriers, and portable water storage. In this project funded by CIRCA's Municipal Grant Program, Stamford’s Government Center and High School's vulnerability to climate change hazards were reviewed.
Oxford's Municipal Grant Product: Planning for Flood Resilient and Fish-Friendly Road-Stream Crossings in the Southern Naugatuck Valley

The Town of Oxford in partnership with Town of Seymour, Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), UConn/CIRCA researchers, and Princeton Hydro LLC worked on a project to reduce flood damage risk and improve river and stream habitat connectivity in the lower Naugatuck Valley by integrating climate change resilience into the management of road-stream crossings.
Northwest Conservation District Report Available: Building Municipal Resilience Using Low Impact Development Design
The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) received a CIRCA Matching Grant to work with the Northwest Hills Council of Government (NHCOG) to promote the creation of a model  Low Impact Development design manual  to address stormwater management. The LID Design Manual provides a technical framework to implement strategies to protect local water resources from adverse impacts associated with climate change and development.
7:15am - 11:45am
UMass Club 32nd Floor, (1 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 )

J oin the Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about retreat, relocation, and climate resilience. Speakers will touch on the financial, legal and human hurdles to retreat. Participants will hear stories from around the country of communities and individuals that have successfully moved or are currently grappling with the need to relocate due to climate change and sea level rise.
1:45pm - 4:30pm
UMass Club 32nd Floor, (1 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 )

Organized by the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) and the Climate Adaptation Forum, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions on managed retreat, as well as legal and policy considerations. These policies impact land-use decisions and natural resources movements in response to sea-level rise.
March 8, 2019 - Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Environment
NESSBE 2019: Equity of Place
7:30am - 7:00pm
Kroon Hall, Yale University (195 Prospect Street New Haven, CT)

NESSBE (Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment) is a biennial northeast regional summit meant to include a larger community of building professionals, owners, academics, policymakers and advocates in a conversation about sustainability in the built environment. The theme of the second NESSBE is Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment . The focus areas are material health and social justice, climate justice and conservation, resilience, community engagement, and affordable housing. O rganizers of this event include: The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) and Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative (LBC CT) with the help of the Yale Office of Sustainability, and the Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development.

March 12-14, 2019 - American Shore and Beach Preservation Association
2019 Coastal Summit

ASAE Conference Center
575 I Street NW, Washington, DC

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's (ASBPA) annual summit entitled Investing in Resilient Coast s highlights policy, technology and advocacy presentations. ASBPA is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing our coasts by merging science and public policy.
March 13, 2019 - Making Cents of the Cost of Climate Change

Webinar: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

In this webinar, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) brings together experts to explain the cost estimates in the National Climate Assessment, how the real estate industry is measuring current and future costs as an illustrative example, and how measuring economic risk can both inform and spur investment in community resilience.
Local & State News Clips
January 18, 2019 - Unanimous Vote Passes Plan of Conservation and Development, Branford Seven

Branford’s Planning and Zoning Commission passed a new Plan of Conservation and Development on January 17th, completing a process that has seen many residents involved for about a year. The plan sets a series of general priorities for the town, leading with the need to prepare for the impacts of sea level rise and other environmental impacts, and to see development around the I-95 interstate exchanges.
February 5, 2019 - Stonington Works With Graduate Students to Design Green Infrastructure for Mystic, Framingham Source

Nearly 50 people gathered at the Mystic Fire Station on January 23rd to voice their concerns about Mystic’s future in the face of climate change. Those documenting their concerns were Greta Moore and Martha Abbott, graduate students from The Conway School in Northampton, MA, enrolled in a master’s program where students practice ecologically and socially sustainable landscape design.
February 17, 2019 - Bergstein: It’s Time to Invest in CT with an Infrastructure Bank , Greenwich Free Press

There was a public hearing on February 14th for Senate Bill 70, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Infrastructure Bank. This bill was introduced by state Senator Alex Bergstein that would create a Connecticut Infrastructure Bank to fund public/private improvements to Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure.  
Related to this recent news, CIRCA performed a literature review in 2017 and developed a fact sheet that summarizes existing resilience financing programs in Connecticut, as well as model financing programs that can be applied in the State. 
February 23, 2019 - Branford Creates $1M Fund to Counter Sea Level Rise; Likely First in State , New Haven Register

Branford, a leader in the push throughout coastal Connecticut to ramp-up coastal resilience efforts to counter the effects of future sea level rise, has created a new tool: a $1 million fund to invest, grow and help finance future efforts. The “Coastal Resiliency Fund” will grow over time as it earns interest and the town makes additional contributions, according to members of the Representative Town Meeting, which recently unanimously approved it.
National News Clips
February 7, 2019 - Hurricanes are Strengthening Faster in the Atlantic, and Climate Change is a Big Reason Why, Scientists Say , The Washington Post

A group of top hurricane experts, including several federal researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  published striking new research  February 7th. This research suggests that hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean have grown considerably worse, and climate change is part of the reason why.
February 14, 2019 - The Northeast is Poised to Regain Momentum on Clean Energy , Yale Climate Connections

The results of a single governor’s race in Maine and legislature flips in two New England states in November mean the region is now poised to re-emerge as the clean energy powerhouse it had started to become more than a decade ago.
February 19, 2019 - For a Warming World, A New Strategy for Protecting Watersheds , Yale E360

In increasingly arid regions such as the western U.S., water managers are learning that careful management and restoration of watershed ecosystems, including thinning trees and conducting prescribed burns, are important tools in coping with a hotter, drier climate.
The Resilience Roundup highlights CIRCA's  presence in the news, provides links to recent local/state/national news articles related to resilience and adaptation, and announces upcoming events and seminars.
The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation's (CIRCA) mission is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut's coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment. The institute is located at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus and includes faculty from across the university. CIRCA is a partnership between UConn and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).