For Communities: the Municipal Assistance Program

Climate Corps

 

The Climate Corps Municipal Assistance Program is designed to provide assistance to Connecticut communities wishing to plan for climate change but challenged by lack of resources. During the spring of each year, Climate Corps students will work with Sea Grant and CLEAR to partner with selected communities on a range of tasks in support of climate adaptation. There is no charge for the Municipal Assistance Program, but interested communities must demonstrate a commitment to the partnership in their application (see below).

How it Works

  1. Upperclass students from the Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Engineering majors apply for available seats in the UConn Climate Corps (currently 12 for the 2017-18 academic year). see this year’s class
  2. In the Fall semester, the chosen students complete a course on climate change that focuses on New England and local impacts, and on the roles and challenges of local government in adapting to it. view course syllabus
  3. The following Spring semester, students engage in a practicum working with community leaders. The students are broken up into 3-student teams, supervised by CLEAR/Sea Grant educators, and decide on a useful and achievable list of tasks related to climate adaptation. Tasks can focus on assessment, mapping, planning, outreach, or other topics. see list of potential tasks here

How to Apply

  1. This is a pilot program and the number of participating towns is limited. Currently, the number of towns for the Spring 2018 session is planned to be four. Town officials or staff interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact MAAP Coordinator Bruce Hyde, 860-345-5229.
  2. Although this program is at no cost to the community, participating towns will be required to demonstrate their commitment to working with the university and the Climate Corps students.
  3. The principal requirements:
    1. A support letter from your town’s Chief Elected Official.
    2. Agreement to form a small group to work with the Corps.
    3. Agreement to a meeting with the project team to develop the list of priority actions.
  4. Online application form (don’t worry, it’s mercifully brief!)