The Second EPA Building Blocks for Resilience Workshop

The second EPA Building Blocks for Resilience Workshop will build on the information and insights of Workshop 1 and provide valuable information on resources and solutions to decision makers.

This second EPA Workshop’s objectives are:

  • Confirm climate threats and impacts for Cape Ann
  • Identify new strategies for mitigation and adaptation
  • Understand local and regional capacity and other resource needs for implementation
  • Understand potential funding opportunities (state, federal, and private) to meet needs
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Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation on Cape Ann

Professor Charles Waldheim presented the full narrative of The Great Storm of 2038 Scenario and outlined four adaptation measures identified to prepare and mitigate the effects of hurricanes, northeasters, and other storms.

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The EPA Building Blocks Resilience Workshop Brings Together Municipal Leaders and Cape Ann Community

Over 60 leaders and participants from across Cape Ann came together on Wednesday, April 27 from 9-11AM to address the threats to Cape Ann from climate change, including likely damage to roads, water and sewer infrastructure, and natural systems. The EPA Workshop, the first of two, included presentations from the TownGreen-sponsored Harvard Graduate School of Design’s The Case of Cape Ann: Typologies of Vulnerability study.

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Exploring Off-Shore Wind Opportunities for Cape Ann

Exploring Off-Shore Wind Opportunities for Cape Ann

Come to hear about the proposed plans for Salem as a port supporting the offshore wind (OSW) industry, and what the future of offshore wind development will look like. Let’s hear about: What role could other ports play? What jobs will be created? How can we do this and protect wildlife and the fishing industry? How to participate in the OSW conversation?

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Building Blocks for Resilience

Building Blocks for Resilience

TownGreen is pleased to announce the launch on September 1st of a climate vulnerability project in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Cape Ann has been selected for an EPA “Building Blocks for Resilience” technical assistance program and TownGreen2025 has successfully raised the funds for a Harvard GSD study of climate threats and solutions in the region.

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Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change:  Designing the Future of Cape Ann

Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change: Designing the Future of Cape Ann

The future of Cape Ann will be shaped, in large part, by the effects of climate change. These effects will reach well beyond sea level rise and increased storm events. They will ultimately challenge and disrupt the housing, transportation, public services, and economic health of these communities. In light of these challenges, three local organizations—TownGreen2025, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, and the Cape Ann Climate Coalition—are joining with the Harvard Graduate School of Design to begin to envision a sustainable future for the region. In recognition of the reality that Cape Ann’s interwoven ecologies, geographies, and economies transcend municipal boundaries, the scope of the project will include the entire region: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

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9.22.20: A Cape Ann Conversation with Bill McKibbon

9.22.20: A Cape Ann Conversation with Bill McKibbon

David Abel, Pulitzer-prize winning Boston Globe reporter, will interview Bill McKibbon, environmental advocate, author and founder of 350.org, about lessons learned and future solutions considering the climate crisis.

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Sawyer Free Library to launch Gloucester Reads

Sawyer Free Library to launch Gloucester Reads

The Sawyer Free Library will kick off the first annual Gloucester Reads: Many Readers, One Conversation, which will be held from June 22 to Sept. 15.

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The Natasha Lamb Webinar Session

On Thursday, June 4 at 3PM, Natasha Lamb, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital, addressed her work with national institution pension funds and endowments to advocate for reduction of investments in fossil fuel companies, for both ecological and rate of return reasons. Ms. Lamb’s work has been featured in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times as well as CNN and NPR.

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