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Don’t miss these two opportunities from the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice

By: Tracie Sempier / Published: Feb 01,  2018

Calling all coastal communities, practitioners and businesses interested in improving the Gulf of Mexico - we have two new opportunities to enhance your climate and resilience efforts!

If you are looking for a way to become more involved in the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice, this is your chance!

Grant competition for climate adaptation projects

For the second year in a row, the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice has been fortunate to receive funds from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management to run a small grant competition for community climate adaptation projects. Gulf Coast communities are encouraged to apply for funds to support a project that addresses a climate adaptation need or challenge in the community.

Carolyn Martin, of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, shares information about flood risks in her city with members of the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice during the group’s 2017 annual meeting.
Carolyn Martin, of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, shares information about flood risks in her city with members of the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice during the group’s 2017 annual meeting.

After a competitive selection process, the recipient will be asked to share its project during the 2019 annual meeting. Businesses, academics, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with a community to submit an application.

The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018.

Download the submission guidelines

Nominations for the 2018 Spirit of Community Award

Every year since 2012, the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice has recognized one individual and one community in the Gulf of Mexico for outstanding contributions to risk communication. Those recognized are communicating risks associated with natural disasters and climate stressors within their communities and beyond. They understand the attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of Gulf communities and are working to assist others in climate and resilience planning.

This year, you can nominate someone you feel meets the criteria by going to the below website, downloading the nomination form and submitting your application by the deadline of February 23, 2018. Winners in each category will be announced at this year’s annual meeting in Port Aransas, Texas, in May. Help us recognize these deserving individuals and communities by completing a nomination form today!

View past winners

Renee Collini, of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, received the 2017 Spirit of Community Award (an elevation marker).
Renee Collini, of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, received the 2017 Spirit of Community Award (an elevation marker).

These are just a few of the ways you can become involved in the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice. We have working groups crafting community implementation projects through a grant from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to build capacity for responding to high-priority climate and resilience needs. We also have a working group dedicated to hosting webinars on new climate science and resilience topics for our members. You can even attend our annual meeting which rotates between the Gulf states each year. Sign up to receive our e-mails so you won't miss future opportunities!

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