Climate Corps Projects
Shoreline Restoration Solutions for Mason’s Island
The Climate Corps worked with the Mason’s Island Association to identify solutions for controlling erosion on a section of the Mason’s Island shoreline. The plan explores potential shoreline resilience solutions as well as their drawbacks and benefits, and determines a potential living shoreline technique that would build up the current shoreline, prevent further erosion, and have positive long-term impacts on the shoreline and nearby ecosystems.
A Carbon Neutrality Path for Stonington
The Climate Corps worked with the town of Stonington, CT to develop a carbon neutrality plan that presents carbon reduction strategies and options that the municipality could act on toward achieving carbon neutrality. The plan recommends direct strategies including ground-mounted solar, rooftop solar, and geothermal heating/cooling systems; and indirect strategies including community engagement, energy efficacy, and electrifying transportation.
Mapping Vernal Pools in Andover
The Climate Corps worked with the town of Andover, CT’s Conservation Commission to identify potential vernal pool depressions and map them using ArcGIS online to create an interactive map and database for future updates. Through buffer analysis, spatial calculations, and overlays with land cover data, this map also provides critical conservation zones and serves as a crucial first step in the conservation of critical wetland habitat in Andover that will be used and built upon in all later steps of the process.
The Stonington Lighthouse Museum Resilience Plan
The Climate Corps worked in the town of Stonington, CT to evaluate the impacts of climate change in the area of the Stonington Lighthouse Museum and to project future impacts on accessibility to the museum. The plan identifies potential solutions which include resilient shoreline techniques, implementation of pervious pavement, rock barriers, and structural improvements and reinforcements to the museum building.
Land Reclamation After Hypothetical Managed Retreat at Groton Long Point
As part of research on managed retreat, a climate corps student analyzed the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge in the Groton Long Point area. In this hypothetical scenario, four typical zones are identified to implement living shoreline technology to maintain coastline integrity, prevent erosion, and encourage biodiversity. The specific strategies involve dune construction, marshes and rock sills, coir logs, dune vegetation and recommendations of appropriate plants and long-term maintenance.
Resilient Coast in Chalker Beach
The Climate Corps worked with the Chalker Beach Association (Old Saybrook, CT) to analyze the impacts of climate change and coastal floods, and propose potential solutions. The plan recommends the transition of traditional roads and sidewalks to more pervious pavement to help stormwater infiltration and incorporating rain gardens and green roofs to retain water and cool temperature and further reduce electricity consumption. Education of residents on various options to flood-proof their homes is included.