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Delaware communities attend inaugural Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit

More than 250 stakeholders from Delaware agencies, academic institutions, non-profits and, critically, 22 local Delaware communities turned out Nov. 27 for the inaugural Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit. The event was sponsored by Delaware Sea Grant (DESG), the University of Delaware, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Transportation to highlight changing climate and weather conditions with a focus on improving community preparedness and response.

Delaware’s low-lying elevation makes the state especially vulnerable to flooding from storms and sea level rise. The Summit encouraged attendees to focus on improving community preparedness and response to extreme weather events and sea level rise. It also was the opening of what is hoped to be an ongoing dialogue where groups can engage and learn from one another’s experiences.

“Significant partnerships already exist between agencies, academia, nonprofits and local communities that are working to make Delaware more resilient,” said Jennifer Merrill, DESG research manager.  “However, this summit demonstrated that there is a high need for more information, resources and networking opportunities to assist communities in preparing for and adapting to changing weather and flooding events.”