Regional Collaboration for Resilience

January 12th, 2017

Regional Collaboration for Resilience: How to build effective, sustainable cross-jurisdictional climate collaboratives


Participants in this webinar heard how communities can collaborate at the regional scale to successfully advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Cross-jurisdictional collaboration among municipal, county, and regional administrators, emergency managers, planners, public works personnel, leaders of business, community-based, health, education, and philanthropic institutions, and other stakeholders can successfully strengthen resilience and avoid maladaptive responses. In this webinar, participants learned:

AICP CM 1.0  credits.  Event #9118603


Brian Ambrette joined the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in 2014 to lead the Coastal Resilience Program. The program aims to provide local governments with the assistance and resources necessary to prepare for sea level rise, coastal hazards, and climate change impacts. He works with Eastern Shore leaders to assess the risks associated with sea level rise and to explore opportunities to plan resilience into their communities.

Brian previously worked with The Nature Conservancy on conservation and planning tools for coastal resilience in Connecticut and with the Environmental Defense Fund in fundraising and donor engagement. He has a master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he focused on marine and coastal resource management and stakeholder engagement. His undergraduate degree is in physics and geology from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Sherry Godlewski has worked for NH Department of Environmental Services for 19 years, and has experience in the water, air, waste, and environmental health programs. She currently works on Climate Change Adaptation efforts. Sherry serves as co-chair of both the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup.

Sherry has a M.S. in Environmental Communication and Administration from Antioch University.

Cynthia Greene is the Manager of the Energy and Climate Unit at EPA New England. This unit is in the Air Branch and works on greenhouse gas mitigation including the Clean Power Plan, energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy and global climate change adaptation. Cynthia has worked for the agency for thirty-six years and has previously served as the Regional ozone expert, team leader for municipal solid waste and pollution prevention and Brownfields conference coordinator. Additionally, as the former leader of the internal Green Team she has worked on greening and the design of the EPA’s office space that is an ENERGY STAR and LEED gold certified building.

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