For Immediate Release

4/6/21

Resilient Nantucket Draws International Experts in Climate and Culture

The Town of Nantucket hosts a 3-day virtual Earth Day event sharing the latest in climate science, resilient design and cultural resource adaptation.

 

Nantucket — 4/6/21 — As a partnering sponsors, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions encourages climate crisis advocates and preservationists to participate in this 2021 Resilient Nantucket public forum, an international gathering of leaders in cultural and natural resource protection, climate science, tourism, economics and resilience planning.

 

Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark community with an increasing vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and coastal erosion.  This final virtual forum of the 2020 – 2021 Resilient Nantucket series brings together experts from around the world to address the impacts of the global climate crisis on coastal communities and work underway to address this natural disaster in the United States and in Nantucket.

One of the forum sponsors, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is partnering with the National Park Service to craft a training program for historic preservation commissions with Nantucket as one of the case studies. “Historic preservation commissions and boards play a vital role in working to preserve cultural resources in communities across the country, states Stephanie Paul, Executive Director of the NAPC. “In coastal and other flood-prone communities, it is important for commissions and boards to understand the impacts of sea level rise on the built environment, their role in planning for and mitigating flooding disasters, and the importance of weaving this knowledge into decision making and working with the larger community. Educational opportunities such as the upcoming Nantucket Forum and NAPC’s own CAMP Resilience are a valuable resource in providing this essential information.”

Lisa Craig, Principal with The Craig Group and an NAPC CAMP Resilience trainer, worked with the Town of Nantucket and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to design this forum to highlight not just the model resilience planning efforts of Nantucket, but to showcase current analysis, practices and policies resonating with cultures and historic resource-based economies in the US and beyond.  “What we learn from our partners in the UK and the Netherlands, our colleagues in Virginia and Florida, and our friends in DC and the Commonwealth is invaluable to our continued efforts at integrating climate adaptation into the historic preservation ethic.”

Resilient Nantucket presentations will focus on lessons learned in climate adaptation and discuss how Nantucket can serve as a model for island-wide coastal resilience planning.  The forum concludes with a moderated discussion between international and national NGOs and policymakers from the Commonwealth and the Town on the role of public policy in sustaining, adapting, and preserving historic and coastal communities endangered by climate change.

To find out more about the Resilient Nantucket Forum schedule and to register for this free educational event, follow this link or check out Resilient Nantucket Forum at: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/2081/Events-Presentations

Featured Presenters include:

 

  • Katharine Burgess – Vice-President Urban Resilience – Urban Land Institute
  • Astrid Caldas – Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Brenda Ekwurzel – Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • John Englander – Oceanographer & Sea Level Rise Expert/Author (“High Tide on Main Street” & “Moving to Higher Ground”)
  • Sandra Fatoric – Marie Sktodowska-Curie Fellow with Delft University of Technology – Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Tony Flux- Coast and Marine Advisor, National Trust UK (as interviewed by Peter Brace – Nantucket Author & Environmental Journalist
  • Catherine Leonard – Secretary-General, International National Trusts Organisation
  • Commonwealth Senator Julian Cyr
  • Commonwealth Representative Dylan Fernandes

 

Forum Sponsors include:

 

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For more information on the Resilient Nantucket Forum contact:

Lisa Craig, Principal, The Craig Group 410/991-0288 / lcraiggroup@gmail.com