Programs for Sustainable and Resilient Communities

More coastal roads such as this one in Guilford are experiencing frequent flooding due to climate change effects.Residents of a coastal community learn about a resilience project underway there.Marshes such as those at Barn Island in Stonington are important flood buffers for many communitieA living shoreline project supported by CTSG was created at Stratford Point.



Community climate planning projects underway in 4 CT cities

Four Connecticut cities have joined a pilot project to boost community participation in climate change planning. Community activities in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Norwich are being led by CTSG and NOAA and will focus on climate risk communication and planning for community resilience.

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Highlights from the Field

Elena Padin, left, watches as her five-year-old grandson Lucas Todd practices casting.

Discovering the joys of fishing & shaping a waterfront park

On a sunny Saturday morning the Bridgeport community gathered at Knowlton Park for a “Let’s Go Fishing!” event on Aug. 19. Residents of all ages angled into the art of fishing as part of a unique initiative to activate the waterfront and gather insights for the future “Sliver by the River” community waterfront park.

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Sustainable and Resilient Community Extension Educators

Deb Abibou
Deb Abibou

Deborah Abibou and Sarah Schechter are sustainable and resilient community extension educators for Connecticut Sea Grant and the EPA's Long Island Sound Study, working in collaboration with three colleagues based at New York Sea Grant.

Abibou works in the western half of the state, from Greenwich to Branford and inland. She is based at the New Haven County UConn Extension Center office in North Haven.

Schechter works in the eastern half of the state, from Guilford to Stonington and inland and is based at the Connecticut Sea Grant office at the UConn Avery Point campus in Groton.

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