Speaker Series: Nov 11, 2015: Climate Adaptation Planning: City of Chester

Ann Faulds, an aquatic biologist with the Chester Pennsylvania Sea Grant Office, will speak on the above topic on Nov 11, 2015 in Room 240 at the West Chester Borough Building, 401 E. Gay Street at 7pm.

 

Learn how the City of Chester developed and adopted climate adaptation plans to address present and future risks posed by flooding and extreme heat.

 

Chester, Pa is at a critical juncture for revitalization; brownfield sites and other lands along the

Delaware River are prime for redevelopment. Yet protecting and enhancing existing wetlands, riparian buffers, and

open space is also important to enhance community resiliency. Learn how the City of Chester developed and

adopted climate adaptation plans to address present and future risks posed by flooding and extreme heat. With

funding from the 2012 National Sea Grant Climate Adaptation Competition, under the leadership of Pennsylvania

Sea Grant, the DVRPC, and a host of partners, this project worked with the community to respond to vulnerabilities

in its economic, environmental, and social infrastructure. During the project the Chester Climate Team helped the

City to:

1. better understand its vulnerable to extreme heat, severe storms, flooding, and sea‐level rise;

2. prioritize and plan actions to increase community resiliency to climate‐related hazards; and

3. engage city leaders, staff and the public in a dialogue on the value and outcomes of investing in resiliency.

The Chester Climate Team also included the Delaware County Planning Department, ICF International, the

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and the EPA Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) program.

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