On Wednesday, November 15th more than 60 people gathered together to highlight community-based projects that mitigate or adapt to regional climate and weather impacts. The “Resilient Erie Stewardship Summit,” sponsored by the Community Resilience Action network of Erie (CRANE), and held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, PA, brought together local leaders, business owners, researchers, educators and other members of the Erie community.
Sister Pat Lupo, long-time environmental educate advocate and keynote speaker for the event, inspired audience members with recollections of the many initiatives she has led to connect youth with volunteer opportunities to benefit the environment and the community. Other resilient Erie projects included transforming vacant lots into urban agricultural opportunities, green buildings and energy efficiency, student led rain gardens, green parking lots and green infrastructure, and projects that address long term impacts to water quality the region.
An hour-long poster session also gave participants an opportunity to interact directly with researchers and projects leads to enhance understanding about the various initiatives happening in the region.
Oral and poster presentations were entered to win one of three mini-grant prizes: a poster prize of $100, a second place prize of $250, and a grand prize of $500 in project support.
The projects presented at the Summit will be compiled into an interactive story map, to visually represent the work happening in Erie, and to help focus the prioritization of future projects. The story map will be a work in process, being updated as new projects become available. Projects can be shared and added by posting on social media and using the hashtag #ResilientErie, or by contacting members of CRANE at firstname.lastname@example.org.