TownGreen Webinar on Good Harbor Beach Ecosystem Adaptation is November 30th.
TownGreen GHBE Adaptation Webinar
TownGreen hosted its second workshop/webinar in the series focusing on the Good Harbor Beach ecosystem: Protecting and Preserving the Good Harbor Beach Ecosystem for Current and Future Generations, on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom. The webinar, “Adaptation: Is it Possible?” addressed climate adaptation approaches and solutions. Participants heard from experts about the difference between hard infrastructure solutions and nature-based solutions, and discussed solutions that might work for Good Harbor.
Denton Crews of Friends of Good Harbor was joined by Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, to report on Good Harbor marsh adaptations and present coastal adaptation case studies. Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor and Director of the Office for Urbanization, Charles Waldheim, outlined both gray and green infrastructure adaptation solutions presented in the HGSD research study: The Case of Cape Ann: Adaptation Strategy and Precedents. Jayne Knott reviewed infrastructure issues in the built environment, specifically Thatcher Road. This was followed by Q&A with the speakers.
Participants learned about
- Adaptation solutions for the Good Harbor Beach ecosystem
- The difference between gray/hard infrastructure and nature-based solutions
- Case studies highlighting other coastal areas that have implemented adaptation solutions
Climate Impacts to Downtown Gloucester Highlighted at TownGreen/GMF Symposium
L to R: Maureen Aylward, Charles Waldheim, Antonio Riciti, Dick Prouty, Kevin Hively
Photo: Jerry Ackerman
TownGreen and the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF) hosted a well attended and informative Symposium that addressed urban planning in downtown Gloucester in light of expected and projected climate impacts. The “Planning for Reality: Climate Change and Downtown Gloucester” was held on Saturday, November 19th as part of GMF’s Annual Symposium in November. The event’s goal was to build awareness of climate threats and consider them in the urban planning process.
About 90 people listened to remarks from Mayor Greg Verga, who outlined his administration’s approach to climate change and sea level rise in the downtown area, saying that residents and businesses will be impacted. Professor Charles Waldheim, Director of the Office for Urbanization at Harvard Graduate School of Design presented research based on scenario planning that visualizes the impacts of a Category 3 hurricane on locations around downtown Gloucester, and addressed the vulnerabilities of the area.
Dr. Antonio Raciti, Associate Professor of Community Planning and Ecological Design, University of Massachusetts, Boston spoke about how he and other researchers in the Boston area reacted to Superstorm Sandy, noting that it was a wake-up call to Boston that it was not prepared for. This spurred action to have discussions with stakeholders, something, he said, is important for Gloucester to do. Raciti noted that environmental justice communities are often left out of these stakeholder discussions and their concerns must be included in adaptation solutions.
Kevin Hively, CEO and Founder of Ninigret Partners, a management consulting firm that focuses on economic development and community planning, challenged the assembly to think differently about how land is used in the downtown area and what the community wants downtown to look like when considering sea level rise.
The Symposium closed with a panel discussion during which the presenters addressed questions from the audience and from each other.
Planning For Reality: Climate Change and Downtown Gloucester
TownGreen December and January Reminders
- Wednesday, November 30th: Good Harbor Beach Adaptation Webinar Workshop
6:30-8:30pm on Zoom
The second workshop webinar in TownGreen’s Good Harbor Beach Series will be on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom. This event will focus on climate adaptation strategies and solutions. Register for this event here. The associated field trip will be on January 23rd, 2023.
- Thursday, December 1st: Presentation by William Moomaw, “The major climate solution is growing in plain sight"
5:00pm at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA and on Zoom
(Go to this Zoom link)
Bill Moomaw will examine the potential for alternative means for managing the world's forests, including our own in New England, that could have a major influence on halting the rise in temperature and eventually reversing it. He is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and is Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center. Bill was a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports including the 2007 report that shared the Nobel Peace Prize. Annisquam Village Church offers this program in collaboration with Woodwell Climate Research Center, Sawyer Free Library, Annisquam Village Library, Cape Ann Climate Coalition, and North Shore Sustainability Network.
- Tuesday, December 6th: TownGreen Open Forum
7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom
TownGreen’s Open Forum will provide a summary of ongoing projects and news and allows the public to ask questions and participate in discussions regarding climate change impacts and strategies on Cape Ann. Zoom invitation is sent to the TownGreen email list.
- Wednesday, December 14th: Cape Ann Climate Coalition Evening with Bruce Tarr
4:00-5:00pm on Zoom
The Cape Ann Coalition will present An Evening with State Senator Bruce Tarr to inform Cape Ann residents about the Massachusetts climate and funding bills that were passed by the state legislature in 2022, as well as ask Sen. Tarr about other climate issues of interest to Cape Ann. Dick Prouty and Valerie Nelson will co-moderate the session. There will be a Q&A session for audience participation.
- Thursday, January 5th: City of Gloucester Planning Board meeting: Floodplain Zoning changes
Check the City of Gloucester webpage for details.
This Planning Board meeting in January will address floodplain zoning issues in Gloucester.
- Monday, January 23rd: Good Harbor Beach Field Trip
Another field trip to the Good Harbor Beach during an astronomical high tide with an expert guide will allow participants to see areas in the ecosystem that are in need of adaptation solutions.
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