Sustainable and Resilient Communities Work Group

Purpose

The Sustainable and Resilient Communities Work Group (SRC) was established to help advance progress on select objectives and implementation actions of the LISS CCMP Theme 3, Sustainable and Resilient Communities. To do so, the SRC developed a five-year work plan based around achieving the following five outcomes:

  1. Better coordinated regional response
  2. Better trained community decision makers
  3. Infrastructure improvements planning
  4. Viability of government services
  5. Facilitated implementation

In late 2021, five SRC Extension Professionals were hired by the Connecticut and New York Sea Grant Programs to implement the interlinked activities as defined in the work plan in order to realize the above outcomes. 

Work Group Members

Co-chairs

  • Sylvain De Guise, PhD, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Rebecca (Becky) Shuford, PhD, New York Sea Grant

SRC Extension Professionals

  • Deb Visco-Abibou, Connecticut Sea Grant (Western CT)
  • Sarah Schaefer-Brown, New York Sea Grant (Nassau County, NY)
  • Elizabeth Hornstein, New York Sea Grant (Suffolk County, NY)
  • Sara Powell, New York Sea Grant (Westchester County, NY)
  • Alicia Tyson, Connecticut Sea Grant (Eastern CT)

members

  • Anthony Allen, Save the Sound
  • David Anderson, Save the Sound
  • Nancy Balcom, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Juliana Barrett, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Derek Betts, Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Alison Branco, The Nature Conservancy
  • Kathy Bunting-Howarth, New York Sea Grant
  • William Cavers, Darien Advisory Committee on Coastal Waters/LISS Citizens Advisory Committee member
  • Cindy Corsair, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern New England-New York Bight Coastal Program
  • Kat Coughlin, North Shore Land Alliance
  • Holly Drinkuth, The Nature Conservancy/LISS Citizens Advisory Committee co-chair
  • Lynn Dwyer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Kathleen Fallon, New York Sea Grant
  • Alexa Fournier, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Marty Garrell, PhD, Adelphi University/LISS Citizens Advisory Committee secretary
  • Lillit Genovesi, New York Sea Grant
  • Shiela Hayes, NAACP
  • Corey Humphrey, Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Diane Ifkovic, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Kristen Laccetti, EPA Region 2
  • Jessica LeClair, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Kristina Masterson, US Geological Survey’
  • James O’Donnell, PhD, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation/University of Connecticut
  • Victoria O’Neill, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation/NEIWPCC
  • Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, New York Sea Grant
  • Casey Personius, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Nancy Seligson, Town of Mamaroneck/LISS Citizens Advisory Committee co-chair
  • Paul Stacey, Footprints in the Water
  • Cayla Sullivan, EPA Long Island Sound Office
  • Nicole Tachiki, EPA Long Island Sound Office
  • Mark Tedesco, EPA Long Island Sound Office
  • Brian Thompson, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Susan Van Patten, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Sarah Watson, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Harry Yamalis, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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