The SNEP Network Leadership Exchange
The Leadership Exchange brings together leaders on climate resilience from across the country for peer-to-peer discussions about successes, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices. In March 2020, SNEP Network partner, Throwe Environmental, LLC launched the Leadership Exchange as an innovative new technical assistance program. The components of the leadership exchange are tailored to the community and have included workshops, community assessments, podcasts, and webinars.
To date, the SNEP Network has organized leadership exchanges with Wareham, MA the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, and the Aquidneck Island communities of Portsmouth, Newport and Middletown, RI.
In 2020-2021, the SNEP Network organized a leadership exchange with the Town of Wareham, MA that focused on climate resilience financing and sustainable development issues facing the town. The SNEP Network invited communities from the SNEP Region and beyond to share their lessons learned on four key challenges facing Wareham Village. In addition to internal workshop sessions, the SNEP Network hosted webinars and developed podcasts which are available to the public.
The Wareham Leadership Exchange Storymap:
View the Storymap to learn more about the Wareham Leadership Exchange, and the case studies from communities covering the topics: Green Infrastructure, Community Resilience Planning, Sustainable Waterfront Redevelopment, and Smart Growth and Strategic Planning
Following the Wareham Leadership Exchange, the SNEP Network built on the leadership exchange format to focus on the experiences and stories of Tribal Elders, leaders, and members from The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah (WTGHA). With a series of podcasts, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah share the changes they have witnessed in their climate as well as potential actions to address the changes. The leadership exchange occurred alongside technical assistance from the SNEP Network to assist with finalizing the WTGHA Climate Adaptation Plan.
The SNEP Network Project Team, in partnership with the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and the island’s municipal resilience teams, organized the Aquidneck Island Climate Resilience Leadership Exchange in April, May, and June of 2023. At the Leadership Exchange workshops, state and local experts discussed important topics pertinent to addressing common concerns and building climate resilience on Aquidneck Island including stormwater and water resources, emergency management and preparedness, and transportation.