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Presentation at 2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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  1. 1. Engagement, Behavior and Action Status of Efforts and Local Preparedness for Climate Change Adaptation in Small Coastal Communities of New England PhD Program – LARP - UMASS-Amherst Advisor: Prof. Elisabeth Hamin ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER 1. Personal introduction 2. The 5 phases of the project 3. Contribution (What’s the most effective way to move forward?)
  2. 2. 1. Personal Introduction • Architect & Urbanist – market for 2 years • Professor – landscape architecture / research project for 11years in Brazil • Planner in the municipal government – 2 years • Volunteer in communities at risk in Brazil – more than 20 years • PhD program at UMASS Amherst – LARP Dr. Elisabeth Hamin • Online Instructor at LARP in Climate Change Adaptation – use of student- centered pedagogies to engage students ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER
  3. 3. ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER 2. The 5 phases of the Project PHASE I - Interview with planners in coastal communities of Massachusetts (concluded in 2011) • Interviews were conducted in 2011 with planners of 15 coastal communities in Massachusetts + 3 background interviews with regional planning agencies for the coastal communities. • Main goal: verify the barriers and opportunities to address climate change adaptation at the local level. • The coast of Massachusetts was divided in 3 regions: North of Boston: 5 communities South of Boston: 5 communities Cape Cod: 5 communities Communities interviewed in 2011
  4. 4. ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER PHASE II Coastal communities of Massachusetts 3 years later: Follow up interviews with planners • The second data set will be collected in a series of new interviews starting in May 2014 in the same 15 towns interviewed in 2011and with the same planners (if possible). • Interviews will focus on changes that might have occurred regarding the status of climate adaptation efforts in those communities. HURRICANE SANDY October/29/2012 HURRICANE SANDY VISITS CAPE COD October/29/2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the east Coast of USA in October/2012.
  5. 5. ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER PHASE III: Web-based survey with planners in the Coast of New England • The web-based survey will be organized and applied in 76 communities along the coast of New England. Five out of the six states will be part of the study: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Vermont is the only New England state that does not have an Atlantic coastline • Sampling: Criteria based on demography - cities and towns between 10.000* and 100.000* with Planning Department/similar department constituted.
  6. 6. ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER PHASE IV: Collaborative Public Workshop in selected communities • Sampling: Criteria of selection: Based on the findings from phase 2 and phase 3 – best practices • Purpose of the workshops: to bring people together in a collaborative setting, including representatives from the government, local stakeholders and members of the public, to generate discussion and capture preliminary ideas, feelings, thoughts about their own community and about climate change. Engagement of the Community in future discussions and plans
  7. 7. ANA MESQUITA EMLINGER PHASE V: Comparative Analysis of data collected / Conclusions • Accomplishments: a rich understanding of the researched communities in New England in order to provide clear guidance to cities and towns on how they can move forward on climate adaptation, based on successful experiences of their neighbors. III – CONTRIBUTION • Many planning projects and policies fail because of a lack of community engagement. "The single most effective way to move forward is to help others move forward as well" -Seth Godin Ana Emlinger