North Carolina Sea Grant

April 26, 2021 | Dave Shaw


The fourth Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, a hybrid virtual and in-person event, kicks off May 10th and runs through the 12th. The conference offers a place to share experiences and knowledge about opportunities, resources, and local initiatives across a range of professions  in in order to generate solutions for climate adaptation in the Carolinas.

Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments is holding the conference, with North Carolina Sea Grant among multiple partners.

North Carolina Sea Grant presenters include executive director Susan White, who will deliver “Coastal Community Health Resilience: Expanding Perspectives and Capacity in Sea Grant,” as part of a session on health and resilience on the coast.

In addition, North Carolina Sea Grant’s Jane Harrison will co-present “Wastewater Infrastructure Tipping Points: Climate Adaptation for Onsite (Septic) Systems,” a session about an interdisciplinary climate adaptation team that has been working to better understand the climate change impacts on onsite wastewater treatment systems in the coastal Carolinas.

North Carolina Sea Grant’s Tatiana Height, a student extension associate on a Hurricane Florence recovery project, will also be a co-presenter; her session addresses “Grassroots Leadership Development for Resilience.”

Olivia Vila, former joint fellow with North Carolina Sea Grant and the NC Water Resources Research Institute, will deliver “Environmental Justice and Disaster Recovery: The Role of Leadership in Fostering Recognition of the Latinx Community in Wilmington, NC.”

NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Danielle Costantini, last year’s winner of North Carolina Sea Grant’s STEM Policy Fellowship, will be among the presenters on “Principles of Quality Climate Adaptation and Resilience Practice.”

The conference includes many more sessions and presentations from North Carolina Sea Grant affiliates and partners. CCRC 2021’s website has more information on registration, as well the conference’s full agenda.

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