Climate Corps Projects
Madison Surf Club Resilience Plan
The Climate Corps worked with the Town of Madison to develop a Resilience Plan for the Madison Surf Club, a 45-acre town park along Long Island Sound with a host of amenities including a beach, picnic area, playground, and athletic fields and courts. The Plan analyzes various alternatives to dealing with the impacts of climate-change induced sea level rise and intensified storms.
Mansfield Runoff Reduction Plan
The Climate Corps worked with the Town of Mansfield to identify opportunities for “disconnection” of impervious surfaces on town properties through the use of Low Impact Development (LID) practices. LID helps to reduce stormwater runoff, which is a growing concern as climate change results in more intense storms events.
Stonington Runoff Reduction Plan
Another Corps student team worked with the Town of Stonington to conduct a project similar to the Mansfield project, identifying opportunities for the use of LID stormwater practices. The Climate Corps reports identify multiple potential LID sites, chosen using online imagery analysis followed by field assessments.
seCTer Business Resiliency Brochure & Map
A Climate Corps team worked with the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer), a private nonprofit economic development organization serving the businesses, residents and municipalities of southeast Connecticut. The team created an educational brochure aimed at businesses about climate change preparedness, and laid the groundwork for an interactive online map to help businesses determine their most likely types of risk, depending on their location.
Waterford Beach/Park Resiliency Plan
A Climate Corps team worked with the Town of Waterford to analyze vulnerabilities of the Town Beach and develop and prioritize both near-term and long-term adaptation strategies. The study built off of a Climate Change Vulnerability, Risk Assessment and Adaptation study conducted by the Town in 2017.
Norwich Imperious Surface Disconnection Strategy
A Climate Corps team worked with the City of Norwich Public Works Department to devise a strategy for disconnecting 2% of the City’s impervious cover. The 2% disconnection is a requirement of the new General Stormwater Permit (also called the “MS4” permit) issued by the state under the provisions of the Clean Water Act. The team analyzed the type, amount and location of impervious surfaces in town, and developed strategies for how the City could prioritize approaches to disconnection.
Community Rating System Website work
A Climate Corps student worked with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Flood Management Program to develop a comprehensive resource page on flood management related to the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS). Town CRS coordinators would be able use this shared information source as an educational resource or their programs, and garner credit for it toward their CRS applications. The project provided a solid underpinning for the website, which is still under development.