Mass ECAN March News

Mass ECAN March News

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Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
Dr. Susanne Moser
Director/Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Research Faculty at Antioch University New England

Bio: Susanne focuses especially on adaptation in coastal areas, transformation, decision support, and effective climate change communication in support of social change. She is co-editor of the books Successful Adaptation (2013) and Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (2007). She has also contributed to the IPCC, National, and California Climate Assessments, among others. Before moving to Hadley, MA, Susanne worked for 10 years in CA and was a Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

 Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about: “The Adaptive Mind” Project aims to understand how to deal with the constant, sometimes traumatic and increasingly transformative change resulting from climate change. Her team will be developing trainings and support networks centered around personal resilience and the ability of humans to respond to constant change. These efforts will support professionals in all fields working to respond to and reduce the risks and suffering from climate change, especially those in coastal, urban and frontline communities.



MVP Opportunities -
Action Grants - $10 million of funding for action grants are available through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. Funding will go to designated MVP communities to assist with integrating adaptation actions identified through the MVP or similar designated process. Projects that propose nature-based solutions or strategies that rely on green infrastructure or conservation and enhancement of natural systems are preferred. Find all the application materials here, due by Apr. 19.

The RFR also includes a helpful list of other State grant programs that can support implementation of adaptation actions.

Planning Grants - See here for the RFR for the MVP FY19 Planning Grants. Applications accepted by communities on a rolling basis until May 3rd or until all funds have been awarded. Anticipated funding amounts of $15,000 - $100,000 per municipality award.

Information sessions - Join EEA staff and local legislators to learn about MVP Grants. Contact to RSVP.
  • Thursday, Mar. 28, 10am – 12pm, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Rd, Westborough, MA 01581
  • Friday, Mar. 29,1:30pm – 3:30pm, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, 1 Fenn St #201, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Funding Opportunity - The Wildlife Conservation Society is awarding grants through the Climate Adaptation Fund to implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale. Pre-proposals are being accepted until Apr. 5 here.

Award Opportunity - Nominations for the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources are now open. This award honors those who aim bolster resiliency of our country's natural resources. Nominate here until May 18.

Conference - Watershed Action Alliance Conference: The Future of Water in New England, Mar. 29. Featuring a session on "The Future of Water in New England"

Conference - The Open Space Conference on Apr. 27th (register for free here) will hold two adaptation-related sessions:

  • Planning Resilient Trails
  • Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program: A Case Study
Webinars - hosted by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Restoring Connecticut River Flow in a Changing Climate, with Kim Lutz of The Nature Conservancy. Mar. 27, 12 pm, join here.
  • Climate Adaptation Science for Coastal Habitats, Species, and Ecosystems, with NE CASC Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger. Apr. 3rd, 12 pm, join here.
Job - MVP Program Manager, MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Mass ECAN represents at the
National Adaptation Forum!

The National Adaptation Forum is Apr. 23-25 in Madison, WI. The Program Committee saw tremendous interest this year indicating how much our field is growing across the country.

Are you attending? Let me know! Hope to see you there!

Below are some of the exciting Mass ECAN member talks and sessions in the Program:

  • John Bolduc, Cambridge & Victoria Parsons, Natick -
    • Resilient Land Use and Zoning: Lessons Learned from the Boston Metro Region
  • Lisa Hayden, New England Forestry Foundation -
    • Engaging Forest Owners in Climate-Informed Management
  • Anne Herbst, MAPC -
    • Inland Flooding: Challenges and Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Future Risk
  • Rachel Jacobsen, ASAP -
    • Honing Engagement and Communications Skills to Catalyze Local Climate Adaptation Work: Lessons from the Resilience Dialogues
  • Deanna Moran, Conservation Law Foundation -
    • Uncharted Waters: Legal Risks and Pathways for Climate Adaptation
  • Toni Lyn Morelli, NE Climate Adaptation Science Center -
    • Adaptation under Uncertainty: Advances in Scenario Planning for Adaptation Professionals
  • Susanne Moser, Moser Research & Consulting -
    • Hope and the Climate Change Imperative - Building Stakeholder Support for Equitable Solutions
  • Darci Schofield, MAPC -
    • Innovative Strategies for Municipal Land Conservation in a Changing Climate
  • Michelle Staudinger, NE Climate Adaptation Science Center -
    • How are we Adapting to Coastal Threats? Emerging Management Approaches to Support Coastal Resilience

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