The Southeast New England Network kicked off its Climate Resilience and Stormwater Management Resilience Workshop Series on February 20 at the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center in Providence. The training—titled Preparing for Success: Funding Climate Resilience Initiatives—focused on methods for generating sustainable, long-term financing for community resilience efforts. This was the first in a four-part series of trainings that the Network is planning to host this spring throughout the SNEP region. The remaining workshops in the series will progressively build from fine-tuning funding proposals, taking steps to transition from project by project funding to long-term financing mechanisms, and finally building a cohesive strategy for climate resilience financing. In Massachusetts, a sustainable finance workshop is being planned in late spring for the Taunton River Watershed area.
Other upcoming training includes New England Climate Fundamentals Academy, which is co-hosted by the SNEP Network and the City of Providence, and will focus on regional climate change impacts in New England and Rhode Island. This is intended for professionals from public, private and NGO sectors, and is planned as a preparation for eventually taking the Certified Climate Change Professional ® (CC-P) exams. The SNEP Network and Association of Climate Change Officers will also host a one-day primer titled Climate Leadership Training for Elected/Appointed Officials and City/County Managers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The intent of this training is to ensure municipal and county managers know the implications of climate change on health, security and economic vitality.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic all in-person trainings and workshops have been postponed to ensure the health and safety of our communities, and scheduled future dates are subject to change based on what is best for communities. However, the SNEP Network is moving quickly with partners to develop alternative virtual formats for hosting trainings and workshops, so stay tuned for updates. Additional information for SNEP Network sponsored trainings is available at http://snepnetwork.org/training-and-events/ or contact Joanne Throwe at Throwe Environmental (firstname.lastname@example.org).