Preparing for Climate Change in Groton, Connecticut: A Model Process for Communities in the Northeast

Through the Long Island Sound Study, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) partnered with Groton, Connecticut to conduct an analysis of how and if federal, state, and local stakeholders could collaborate to enhance resilience towards climate change at the local level. The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) is a National Estuary Program and is eligible for EPA grants under the climate change initiative Climate Ready Estuaries.

The project's main objectives were to:

  • Understand how to prioritize vulnerabilities so that lawmakers have a framework to utilize when selecting projects that are competing for limited financial resources;
  • Determine if and how existing laws and regulations need to consider future rates of sea level rise and erosion in order to protect the priority vulnerable areas that sustain the local, state, and regional economies;
  • Identify synergies and begin fostering collaboration between all levels of government in order to increase local resilience towards climate related vulnerabilities; and
  • Share lessons learned through the process with other communities in the region.

The report describes the process, results, and recommended next steps for Groton as well as other municipalities interested in initiating a climate adaptation effort. Potential actions to help build preparedness to climate change for the town are detailed. These are followed by recommendations on leveraging existing climate adaptation initiatives, as well as recommended next steps for Groton. 



Publication Date: April 2011

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