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Climate Communication Training at the Social Coast Forum

Sign Up Now for Climate Communication Training at the Social Coast Forum

There’s still time to register! Two environmental communication experts, Susi Moser and Cara Pike, are leading “Effective Community Engagement and Adaptation Communication” at the Social Coast Forum. In this course, trainees will learn and practice ways to generate greater community interest in being part of local climate solutions, create meaningful engagement opportunities, deal with climate contrarians, and navigate the emotionally charged territory of people’s responses to climate disruption. Find more information here.

City of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, Develops Sea Level Rise Strategy

Flooding and sea level rise are issues the City of Charleston, South Carolina, is experiencing at an increasing rate. In the 1970s, Charleston experienced two days of tidal flooding per year, but by 2045 the city is predicted to see 180 days of flooding annually. The city’s Sea Level Rise Strategy Plan is a comprehensive list of initiatives, some of which will be completed in the next two years and some that still need prioritizing. The city aims to be on the cutting edge of best practices for flood mitigation.

Wetland Study

No Need to Leave Breathing Room when Restoring Wetlands

Those restoring wetlands long believed that leaving space between plants helped them thrive by decreasing the competition for light, nutrients, and other resources. However, new research is showing that bunching plants together actually increases wetland restoration success. The Duke University-led study took place in Florida and the Netherlands and saw a 107 percent boost in survival rates when plants were clumped and left with little-to-no room between individuals.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Join a national gathering of elected officials, planning professionals, realtors, bankers, government employees, and others for the 15th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Portland, Oregon, February 11-13, 2016. This year, the nation’s largest smart growth event will focus on tools and strategies for creating great cities.

Smart Growth Conference 2016

Attend the Nation’s Largest Smart Growth and Sustainability Event

Learn from hundreds of speakers from many disciplines who will share insights, valuable tools, and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference brings together a national audience, from planning professionals to stakeholders, to discuss tools and strategies to help communities. Register today for this valuable meeting in Portland, Oregon, February 11 to 13, 2016.

Conference Tips

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

Conferences are overwhelming, presenting a variety of keynotes, presentations, conversations, new connections, and meet-ups. Having enough time to focus on the valuable information found in conference sessions while finding time to network can seem daunting. The Harvard Business Review came up with a list of tips to get the most out of a conference. The list includes ideas such as “pre-introducing” yourself and taking time to recharge.

Social Coast Forum Registration Is Now Open

Registration is now open for Social Coast Forum 2016, taking place February 9 to 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. Save your spot and discuss lessons learned from using social science for the field of coastal management. The past two meetings have been standing room only so don’t delay. View the preliminary program to see what’s in store.

Using Technology to Boost County Resilience

Communities across the country are searching for effective ways to build resilience to ever-increasing storms and hazards. New technologies can make that job easier by cutting costs and providing services. The National Association of Counties hosted a webinar with Horry County, South Carolina, to highlight how they’re using technology to prepare for and respond to emergency events.

Study Explores Green Infrastructure’s Economic Benefits

As the climate changes and the frequency and intensity of storms increase, communities are looking for ways to protect themselves. Green infrastructure provides an effective option that helps to filter and store excess water. A recent study led by NOAA and funded by the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dove into two cities in the Great Lakes and the ways in which green infrastructure could help benefit their economies.

Great Lakes Water-Dependent Economy Grew Faster Than Other Sectors in 2012

According to a recent NOAA economics report, the Great Lakes water-dependent economy grew faster than other sectors in the region’s economy. The report broke the Great Lakes water-dependent economy into six sectors and analyzed wages, employment, and gross domestic product (GDP) for each. Michigan was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. in terms of water-dependent employment. One in five Michigan jobs are tied to water or water innovation, and Michigan’s water-dependent GDP grew by $238 million from 2011 to 2012, about 10% growth.