Outreach

CIRCA’s Executive Director Interviewed on NBC 30 News

Gov. Signs Climate Change Bill to Protect Coastal Communities This story aired on NBC Connecticut  July 6, 2021.  The effects of climate change are already being felt in Connecticut. By the year 2050, experts say further impacts are unavoidable. “It is going to be warmer, the water is going to be higher, it is going […]

NBC CT feature on Sea level Rise

Sea Level Rise: How Well Is Connecticut Preparing? Len Besthoff and Meteorologist Kaitlyn McGrath interviewed Executive Director, James O’Donnell This story aired May 17, 2021. Scientists including Professor Jim O’Donnell at the UConn Avery Point campus in Groton have said sea level rise has been accelerating at a rate, where within 30 years, it could […]

Connecticut Climate Fact Sheets Now Available

Planning for adaptation requires local information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. With support from CT DEEP, CIRCA sponsored two recent state-level climate assessments to better inform local decision-making and are a new addition to the Institute’s climate planning tools. Don’t have time […]

Resilient Connecticut Summit – November 2020

Second Annual Resilient Connecticut Summit November 20, 2020 9:00 am – 11:45 am Agenda CIRCA hosted the second annual Resilient Connecticut Summit on November 20, 2020 as a half-day, virtual event that was open to the public and free to attend. Participants learned about recent project activities, participated in breakouts, and heard from keynote speaker Barry […]

Resilient Connecticut Summit – November 12, 2019

RESILIENT CONNECTICUT CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUMMIT Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Located at Fairfield University PROGRAM and EVENT MATERIALS At CIRCA’s first annual Resilient Connecticut Summit, Commissioner Katie Dykes from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection provided a welcome and Shaun O’Rourke, Rhode Island Chief Resiliency Officer gave a keynote address […]

UConn Joins Coalition of Universities Working Against Climate Change

September 12, 2018 – Elaina Hancock – UConn Communications UConn is joining 16 other leading North American research universities in the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, announced Tuesday by the Second Nature organization. UC3 aims to promote climate action and resilience by leveraging the strengths and skill sets of its member schools. As a nationally recognized leader among green […]

Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut

SEA LEVEL RISE | FINAL REPORT & PUBLIC MEETING The final report, Sea Level Rise in Connecticut, authored by CIRCA Executive Director and Professor of Marine Sciences, James O’Donnell was released in October 2018 and incorporated comments from a draft report release in 2017.  An Executive Summary of the final report is shown below along with public […]

April 6 Workshop: Implementing a Drinking Water Resilience Plan for Connecticut

UConn Avery Point Groton, Connecticut April 6, 2018 9 am-3:30 pm On Friday April 6, 2018 CIRCA conducted a workshop for the Dept. of Public Health Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan at the UConn Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. Workshop attendees received training on identifying vulnerabilities to flooding, extreme weather and drought […]

Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop

Monday, November 20, 2017 Workshop Presentations: Workshop overview and related projects and resources, Rebecca French – CIRCA, Director of Community Engagement, CIRCA overview Overview of Connecticut living shoreline permit process – Tonia Selmeski and John Gaucher, Environmental Analysts CT DEEP Land and Water Resources Division, SW District,  DEEP overview Hepburn Dune and Marsh, Fenwick, Marilyn Ozols – Land Use Administrator, Borough […]

A Workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation

Event Timing: Thursday, September 28, 2017 Registration at 10:30 AM Program runs 11:00 AM to 3:50 PM Location: Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854 Workshop Registration is Closed 9/26/17 Workshop Agenda Full Workshop Program Workshop Presentations: Presentations are provided below where speakers used a PowerPoint presentation. Click on the link to download […]