Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL)
Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL) is a network of state, nonprofit, and academic partners that coordinate a variety of programs and initiatives related to environmental resilience. RASCL’s mission is “[t]o accelerate the capacity of all communities in the State of Delaware to undertake the necessary steps to become sustainable and resilient.”
To advance this mission, RASCL:
- provides technical assistance to Delaware communities to support resilience projects and initiatives;
- hosts an annual summit that convenes community members, elected officials, resilience practitioners, nonprofit organizations, and state officials; and
- organizes quarterly coffee hours in each county to address hot topics and provide an informal forum for discussion.
A project that RASCL plans to undertake is known as “Project WIIN.” A coalition of RASCL partners known as the Waterways Infrastructure and Investment Network (WIIN) received grant funding to build a natural resource evaluation and management plan for the Mispillion and Cedar Creek watersheds, which have some of the region’s most vital natural resources and the last remaining large tracts of undisturbed land in Delaware. The project will benefit Delaware economically by exploring the potential for ecotourism and investments in natural infrastructure, and will improve community resilience to climate change and land-use changes.
RASCL has received support from the Delaware Coastal Programs Office and the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM).