September 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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Resilient Connecticut Updates
Resilient Connecticut Webinar
Planning for adaptation requires localized information about expected changes in climate. A new state-level climate assessment seeks to provide information that supports local decision-making. During this Resilient Connecticut webinar, two presenters will describe work related to new precipitation projections and an assessment of the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven's urban center. Click below to learn more and register.
Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report Available
UConn researchers published a Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report.  This new report assesses the state of the science regarding observed changes and projections for temperature and precipitation (i.e., physical climate) in Connecticut. The project was funded through CIRCA's research grant program and will be featured during this month's Resilient Connecticut webinar .
Climate Change Innovation Grant
This seed grant represents a key focus area within Yale's Center for Business and the Environment: Climate Change Innovation. Project proposals must contain the potential for positive sustainability impact on climate change, as well as potential commercial viability and scalability of the solution. Applications are due on Friday October 4th, 2019.
 NOAA  Climate Program Office FY2020 Funding Opportunity:  
Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Fisheries Management
For FY20, the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA), in partnership with NOAA and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, is soliciting proposals for multidisciplinary projects to better understand the impacts of climate variability and change on marine ecosystems and implications for fish stocks, fisheries and the communities and economies that depend on them in certain large marine ecosystems. Proposals are due on  Monday, October 28, 2019 . The application package is available on .
September 9, 2019 - Accelerating Collective Learning and Action
for Enhanced Resilience Webinar

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Members of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and partners, in part supported by the Science Collaborative, have been working on the frontlines to help communities enhance their resilience. This webinar is designed to draw on lessons from experiences working to accelerate learning about resilience, and transferring ideas across the NERRS and the broader coastal management and adaptation community.

September 20, 2019 - C hanging Climate, Changing Health Forum:
Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change

8:00am - 11:45am
UMass Club (1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA)

The Climate Adaptation Forum is holding an event to discuss how climate impacts are causing the public health field to rapidly shift. While everyone is vulnerable to these changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks. Speakers will explore some of these issues, and panelists will dive into addressing heat and mental health, and how the built environment can support resilient wellness.
October 1, 2019 - Stormwater Utilities in Connecticut Webinar

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Stormwater utilities are used across the country as a way for municipalities to cover the costs of installing and maintaining their stormwater infrastructure. The concept has been slow to catch on in Connecticut - the state's one and only utility was established in the City of New London just last year. This webinar, hosted by UConn's Center for Land use Education and Research   will feature both a talk about New London's journey to a stormwater utility, as well as the status of the rest of CT following those footsteps.
October 8-9, 2019 - Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop

Beaufort Hotel (2440 Lennoxville Road Beaufort, NC)

Hosted by Restore America's Estuaries and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the  2019 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop  is the premier nationwide gathering of the living shorelines community of practice. The adoption of living shorelines, regulation, engaging communities, new techniques, and more will be discussed during the two-day period.
 Call for Presenters: The Connecticut Association of Flood Managers
Annual Conference and Meeting - October 30, 2019
The Connecticut Association of Flood Managers (CAFM) will convene its sixth Annual Conference and Meeting at the Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, Connecticut on October 30, 2019. CAFM seeks a broad range of professionals to address issues associated with managing flood risk, making communities more sustainable, and protecting floodplain and fragile natural resources. Potential presenters are encouraged to share their knowledge with Connecticut’s flood management community. Link below for more information on submission requirements and contact by Thursday September 5, 2019 .
Local & State News Clips
August 2, 2019 - The States Where the Most New Homes Are at Risk of Flooding, Route Fifty

The rate of new home construction in the areas most at risk for flooding is outpacing development in safer parts of a third of coastal states, according to a new report. Connecticut leads the states in the rate of housing development in flood-prone areas. The 478 homes built between 2010-2017 in areas within the 10-year floodplain represents housing growth that is 3.5 times that of development in safer places.
September 2, 2019 - Connecticut Governor Convenes Forum on Climate Change , US News

Democrat Ned Lamont says he's hosting a climate change forum forum on September 3rd with Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes, as well as 80 environmental advocates at DEEP headquarters in Hartford.
National News Clips
July 30, 2019 - Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea,
Georgetown Climate Central

This is a 2019 update to a report done by Zillow and Climate Central last year. Accordingly CT has the distinction of building new homes in “risk zones” (defined as areas projected to experience a 10% annual chance flood or higher under moderate SLR projections by 2050) at a rate 3.5 times faster than safer locations. Since 2009 this represents 478 newly constructed homes worth $880 million (~$1.8 million per home on average), the vast majority of which are located in Fairfield County. This analysis doesn’t include commercial or multi-unit residential buildings.
August 5, 2019 - Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas? ,
Yale Environment 360

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in expenses for extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense that will be required.
August 6, 2019 - Climate Change Exacerbates Housing Shortage — Report ,
Climate Wire

A new report is urging lawmakers to fight the affordable housing crisis as part of a larger effort to prepare communities against the worst effects of climate change. The Center for American Progress released a report on August 1st, which found that the national shortage of 7 million homes for low-income renters disproportionately affects communities that have the fewest resources to recover from natural disasters linked to climate change.
August 9, 2019 - ‘Unprecedented’ Climate Change Threatens World’s Food Security [UN Report] , The Globe Post

Unless emissions are curbed and unsustainable farming and deforestation halted within the next decades, the world will have to face increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures, according to a new report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
August 30, 2019 - $6.875 Billion Available for Climate Resilience from HUD , NRDC

Billions of dollars in federal funding are being made available to nine states and five local communities by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) . These dollars will require grantees to design projects with an additional margin of safety for flooding, to factor in projected future sea level rise, and to invest much more heavily in forward thinking measure that reduce the risk of future damages in the face of climate change.
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).