Casco Bay Coastal Academy

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Casco Bay Coastal Academy is a quarterly workshop series aimed at building the knowledge base of municipal board members, municipal staff, and others about critical coastal issues, and providing skills training to support their project planning and implementation.

Conservation commissioners and other local board members can and do play an important role in natural resource protection and education. As an arm of local government, local boards can also be a conduit for information, technical assistance, and grant funding from outside organizations, as well as a conduit to those organizations about the needs of the local community. A few resources in Maine provide information and training to elected officials and local boards, including The Maine Municipal Association and Maine Association of Conservation Commissions. Municipal staff and regional planning agencies provide needed technical assistance. Yet these resources seem to fall short, in particular for volunteer board members such as conservation commission and planning board members.

The New England Environmental Finance Center and partners host a series of training sessions focused on important coastal issues and offering science-based natural resource information. There will be presentations, followed by plenty of time for peer-to-peer discussion. We also organize trainings on skills that empower local leaders, such as facilitation and outreach skills. A big focus is on peer-to-peer exchange; for instance, highlighting local community success stories and profiling best management practices and programs.

Coast Academy Resources

Workshop #1:  Conservation Commissions and Plan Review

October 29, 2019 – Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm

Workshop #2: Nutrient Pollution in Casco Bay

January 27, 2020 – Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm

Workshop #3: Stream Smart Culvert 101 for Local Boards

April 28, 2020 – Webinar

Workshop #4: Maine Climate Council & Your Community

September 29, 2020 – Zoom Workshop

  • Agenda
  • Presentation by Judy East, Chair, Community Resilience Planning, Public Health, and Emergency Management Working Group, Maine Climate Council
  • Presentation by Kathleen Leyden, Co-Chair, Coastal & Marine Working Group, Maine Climate Council
  • Summary, Maine Climate Council Recommendations
  • Update for Maine Association of Planners on Maine Climate Council