Our Changing Climate - Its Impacts on the Economy and the Way We Live

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, April 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

Middletown , CT, United States

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There’s more than sea level rise, flooding and coastal erosion to think about when it comes to the challenges of climate change. Our changing climate affects all aspects of our lives, including our infrastructure, our farms, the wildlife around us, our leisure activities and the tourist attractions that draw people to our towns and our businesses.  We need to think about how we build our roads and how we design our drainage as well as the ripple effects of change on our economy.  Municipal, tourism and agricultural officials and business owners will discuss their experiences with the impacts of climate change, and how they are planning for the future.

This session will help planners understand the range of climate change impacts on a community is broader than just flooding and erosion. The big storms get all the attention but the impacts on businesses, tourism, recreation, municipal infrastructure and budgets, agriculture, pollinators, species migration, etc. are just beginning to be understood. These are issues that planners will need to consider in the future as Plans of Conservation and Development and other municipal land use documents are updated.

The objective of this session is to make planners aware of the interconnections between all municipal assets and systems that will be impacted by climate change and to begin to plan for how these issues will be incorporated into municipal plans and other documents.