Climate and Resilience Community of Practice

Spirit of Community Awards

It is time to start nominating individuals and communities for the 2019 Spirit of Community Awards for their efforts in climate communication and mitigation.

Download the 2019 Nomination Form

Application deadline: February 15, 2019
Questions? Contact Stephen Deal at (228) 435-9527 or
Winners will be announced at the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop in Alabama on April 3-5, 2019.

Past Winners
Individual Category

  • Doug Gregory (2012)
  • Lynne Carter, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio and Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (2013)
  • Marian Hanisko, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gulf Coast Services Center (2014)
  • Tracie Sempier, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (2015)
  • Melissa Daigle, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program (2016)
  • Libby Carnahan, Florida Sea Grant, and Renee Collini, Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Coordinator/Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant (2017) 
  • Amanda Torres, City of Rockport, Texas (2018)

Community Category

Nomination instructions and criteria for the awards:
One winner in each of two categories will be selected: (1) Individual and (2) Local Community

Category 1: Individual
Desired Criteria for Individual Nominees:

  • Must be an active member of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience CoP (attended at least one meeting).

  • Demonstrates leadership in the area of climate communication and resilience.

  • Works well with others to share lessons learned.

  • Understands the attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of Gulf communities and/or stakeholders.

  • Engages communities/stakeholders with relevant climate and resilience outreach information/materials.

  • Assists Gulf communities/stakeholders in climate adaptation and resilience planning.

  • Promotes climate awareness and community resilience through their work.

Category 2: Local Community

Desired Criteria for Community Nominees:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of climate and resilience vulnerabilities in their community and desire to take action.

  • Engages community members by conveying environmental concerns and by acting upon challenges to improve local resilience.

  • Promotes climate awareness and resilient activities through their work in the community.

All nominees will be contacted before placing them on the voting ballot. Voting will take place online via Survey Monkey and is open to all Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience CoP members. Official online voting will begin on February 18, 2019 and close on March 1, 2019. All Climate and Resilience CoP members will receive an e-mail with a link to cast their vote.