NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program
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Participants will receive updates on NOAA’s perspective on resilience and outlook for federal funding.
Participants will learn about Sea Grant’s involvement in recent projects within the domain of coastal community hazards resilience, including NOAA RCRG-awarded projects.
Participants will begin to think about Sea Grant’s niche and best practices for leveraging and partnerships that enhance coastal community resilience.
Participants will initiate a continuous dialogue and information sharing among teams working on resilience focused projects.
Participants will learn how local municipalities have benefited from the work conducted through the NOAA RCRG.
Five coastal communities will share examples and expertise from projects aimed at development of Community Resilience. Attendees will learn about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Regional Coastal Resilience Grant (RCRG) Program through these five funded projects supported by Sea Grant College Programs across the country.
These NOAA grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. The focus is on comprehensive regional approaches that use science-based solutions and rely on collaborative partnerships to ensure success.
Sea Grant College Programs are uniquely skilled and positioned to meet our coastal communities’ needs in understanding and addressing vulnerabilities to coastal hazards and climate change.
This session explores pathways for cooperation and leveraging among state Sea Grant programs in Hawai‘i, Washington state, South Carolina, Virginia and Gulf-states with federal, state, university, and local partners on projects focused on building community resilience to natural and climate-related hazards. The session provides an opportunity for discussion among the panelists and participants to learn about their experiences in order to help identify best practices for leveraging resources and partnerships within the domain of coastal hazards and climate change resilience.
, SC Sea Grant Consortium
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Elizabeth (Liz) Fly is the coastal climate extension specialist for the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. She provides science-based information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in South Carolina and the region, as well as contributes to research motivated by community needs and provides hands-on technical support for coastal climate adaptation issues. Liz spent a year in Washington D.C. as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, working on ocean and coastal issues for the Third National Climate Assessment which was released in 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.
, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
, Ocean Springs
Confirmed SpeakerTracie Sempier is the Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. In this capacity she works with local communities, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, port authorities, emergency and floodplain managers, residents, and other audiences to try and decrease the negative impacts of coastal storms on families, communities, the environment, natural resources, and property. Tracie is also the Regional Program Manager for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. In this capacity she works to connect partners and projects on a regional level through the implementation of the Governor’s Action Plan and GOMA’s six priority issue teams. Tracie has over nineteen years of professional experience in education and outreach with various audiences in formal and informal learning environments. She completed her Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in Curriculum and Instruction, has a M.S. in Science and Mathematics Education from Oregon State University, and holds a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Alabama.
Confirmed SpeakerMichelle Covi is an assistant professor of practice at Old Dominion University in the Department of Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and part of the Virginia Sea Grant extension program. She conducts research and outreach activities for climate change adaptation and coastal resilience efforts for coastal Virginia with an emphasis on Hampton Roads. Her research areas include sea level rise and resilience risk perception and communication, public participation in adaptation planning processes and engagement/outreach practices. She co-organizes the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise/ Flooding Adaptation Forum, a quarterly meeting of adaptation stakeholders and co-chaired the Citizen Engagement Working Group of the Hampton Roads Intergovernmental Pilot Project She completed her doctorate in Coastal Resources Management at East Carolina University, where her focus was on sea level rise risk communication and policy research. She has a Masters degree in Zoology (Marine Science) from University of Georgia and a BS in Biology/Geology from University of Rochester.
, Washington Sea Grant
Confirmed SpeakerNicole Faghin is a coastal management specialist at Washington Sea Grant based at the University of Washington. Nicole has worked for 25 years as a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. Nicole is engaged in education, outreach,and research on social, economic and environmental shoreline planning efforts including living shorelines, coastal adaptation and working waterfronts. She is a member of the Washington APA Climate Change workgroup, University of Washington Urban Planning and Design Professionals Council, co-chair of the National Working Waterfronts Network, on the ULI NW Interactive Programs Committee, and program manager for the Green Shores for Homes credit and rating program. Nicole holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a law degree from Northeastern University.
, City and County of Honolulu
Confirmed SpeakerMatthew Gonser, AICP, is a member of the extension faculty at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program. His research and outreach activities focus on community planning and design; resource management, including water harvesting and stormwater management; and climate change resiliency and natural hazards mitigation. Matthew currently holds the positions of Director at Large and APA/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning Committee Chair with the Hawai'i Chapter of the American Planning Association; is on the Management Committee for the Hawai'i District Council of the Urban Land Institute; is an Advisory Council Member for the State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program; and is the Vice Chair of the McCully-Mō'ili'ili Neighborhood Board, Number 8, of City and County of Honolulu. Matthew holds two Masters degrees in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture, respectively, from Cornell University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, also from Cornell.
, North Charleston
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Jeff Payne is the Senior Executive Service director for the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, and under his leadership, the nation’s coastal management activities are coordinated to address the significant challenges affecting our coastal communities. All activities focus on constituent needs, creativity, effectiveness, and a commitment to a partnership approach to doing business. Payne previously served as the deputy director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center since 1998. During that time he also led the Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team, a NOAA-wide effort to improve the value of NOAA services to the Southeast region states, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the acting deputy chief of staff for NOAA. He was deputy director of NOAA's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in Washington, D.C. and served in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President as the budget examiner for NOAA and the Marine Mammal Commission. He also served a year in the U.S. House of Representatives as the American Geophysical Union Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Payne is well respected among coastal and ocean science and management practitioners and serves as a subject matter expert on natural resource, community resilience, and climate adaptation issues. His current interagency appointments include the Federal Floodplain Management Task Force, Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, and U.S.-Mexico Good Neighbor Environmental Board. Payne received a doctorate in geophysical oceanography from Texas A&M University and a bachelor's degree in geology from West Virginia University. While at Texas A&M, he was employed by the Geodynamics Research Institute as a research associate. Payne has conducted extensive ship-based geological and geophysical research and consulting work, with 380 days logged at sea. He also has been widely published on scientific, technical, coastal management, and public policy topics.