Local Resiliency - How Connecticut Towns are Tackling Climate Change Through Councils of Governments

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

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Regardless  of  size  or  location,  municipalities  should  look  to  increase  th

eir  resiliency  as  the  climate 

continues  to  change.  Budget  uncertainty,  changing  federal  policies,  an

d  limited  local  capacity  are 

seemingly  unavoidable  barriers  to  addressing  climate  change  impacts.  Howe

ver,  there  is  a  multitude  of 

opportunities  for  local  actions.  Projects  do  not  need  to  be  overly

  complicated  or  expensive  to  deliver 

effective  results.  Learn  about  three  projects  conducted  by  Connecticut  Cou

ncils  of  Governments  that 

increased  local  resiliency.  Projects  include  a  Critical  Infrastructure  Vulnerabi

lity  Study  (SCCOG),  Regional 

Support  for  municipal  Community  Rating  System  Programs  (WestCOG),  and 

a  Rural  Resiliency  Vision  and 

Toolkit  (NHCOG).  Communities,  whether  inland/coastal  or  rural/urban,  wi

ll  find  helpful  information  on 

starting  and  implementing  resiliency  projects.  Participants  will  learn  how 

the  projects  were  chosen, 

conducted,  and  implemented  as  well  as  any  lessons  learned  along  the  way.   

Regardless of size or location, municipalities should look to increase their resiliency as the climate continues to change. Budget uncertainty, changing federal policies, and limited local capacity are seemingly unavoidable barriers to addressing climate change impacts. However, there is a multitude of opportunities for local actions. Projects do not need to be overly complicated or expensive to deliver effective results. Learn about three projects conducted by Connecticut Councils of Governments that increased local resiliency. Projects include a Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability Study (SCCOG), Regional Support for municipal Community Rating System Programs (WestCOG), and a Rural Resiliency Vision and Toolkit (NHCOG). Communities, whether inland/coastal or rural/urban, will find helpful information on starting and implementing resiliency projects. Participants will learn how the projects were chosen, conducted, and implemented as well as any lessons learned along the way.


Amanda Kennedy

Invited Speaker

Amanda Kennedy, AICP is Associate Director and Director of Special Projects at Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, where she recently led the development of SCCOG’s 2017 Regional Plan of Conservation and Development and manages initiatives related to housing policy, resiliency, and regional collaboration. Amanda currently co-chairs the Connecticut Chapter ... Read More

Joanna Wozniak-Brown

Invited Speaker

Joanna Wozniak-Brown is a Regional Planner at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments. At the NHCOG, she is responsible for environmental, emergency, and transportation planning. Dr. Wozniak-Brown completed her PhD at Antioch University New England. Her dissertation focused on socio-ecological approaches to climate change adaptation, the meaning of rural character ... Read More

Michael Towle

Invited Speaker

As a Planner for WestCOG, Mike Towle oversees environmental and hazard mitigation planning efforts. He works with municipalities and various environmental organizations on matters of land, water, and energy sustainability. Additionally, Mike provides support in GIS and data analytics. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University ... Read More

Contact Info

Joanna Wozniak-Brown, jbrown@northwesthillscog.org