Climate

Advancing Adaptation and Resilience in a Changing Climate

What can I do to stay safe during a hurricane? 

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Lake Charles, LA September 25, 2005 – Hurricane Rita blew down trees and power poles all across the city, blocking roads and leaving the city without electricity. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

Hurricanes cause high winds and flooding, and it’s important to know the signs for either situation and take proper precautions. The signs of extreme winds include seeing and hearing wind gusts, trees swaying, sheets of rain or snow, and thunder and lightning. You should seek shelter inside, avoid being outside, avoid down wires, and stay away from trees and potential falling limbs when you identify high winds. 

Roadways and walkways can become flooded during a hurricane. Extreme rain and swift moving water cause life threatening situations including being stranded, swept away and drowning. Pay attention to weather service alerts well in advance of a hurricane. Follow evacuation routes or move to higher ground. Never drive or walk-through flooded areas, standing water, or swift moving water.  

Proper preparation, identification of hurricanes, and appropriate action can reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies. For resources on preparing for and staying safe during storms visit eden.uconn.edu.

Job Openings with UConn Extension

UConn Extension is hiring! We have several positions open. Please visit the individual position links for full descriptions and information on how to apply:

Long Island Sound teacher workshop planned for May 21

Come tour and learn about Copps Island Oyster Company, Sheffield Island Lighthouse, the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and how to take your students on an interdisciplinary field trip that incorporates NGSS, history and science into an unforgettable educational experience for all grade levels.

Please see the flier attached here for details!

Date: May 21, 2022 – 9 a.m. – 3 pm. Registration required. Space is limited.

Workshop cost and registration:

Space is limited so it’s best to sign up ASAP. Complete the google form using the link below to register: https://forms.gle/QzoQ2iisk9UC5qsf8

Cost: $10 venmo or check – details will be sent once registration is completed. Payment must be made to reserve your spot for the workshop.

Goodie bags with supplies to run your own field trip will be given out at the end of the class and may include seines, nets and other fun stuff!

Questions? Please contact Eva Bartush:  BartushE@norwalkps.org

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Webinar by CLEAR

UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research is hosting a webinar on “Planning and Funding Brownfield Site Investigations” on Wednesday June 1st at 1pm. This webinar will provide an overview of the different phases of site investigation (typically called Phase I, II and III), typical costs for each and potential funding sources, how to plan and request an RFP to have an investigation conducted by a contractor and what municipal or regional agency officials can expect in the resulting reports. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3254160115469295629

Raising awareness to help sturgeon make a comeback in CT

UConn and Connecticut Sea Grant will unveil a sign at Hammonasset Beach State Park at 10 a.m.  on May 7 to raise awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. The ceremony will take place at the beach house at Meigs Point.

The ancient and iconic Atlantic Sturgeon were once common in Connecticut waters. However, after overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation the species is now endangered.

Fortunately, after ongoing research and conservation efforts there are signs the population is recovering and may be rediscovering its historic spawning grounds in the Connecticut River.

A new sign at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison will serve to educate others about the progress and goals of these conservation efforts and aid in this species’ recovery. Measures we can take include steps to take if sturgeon are accidentally caught while fishing, and to report sightings to CT DEEP. CT Sea Grant supported the work of UConn marine scientists in this project.

Joining CT Sea Grant staff at the event will be UConn scientists and CT DEEP fisheries staff who worked on the project; and CT DEEP Deputy Commission Mason Trumble.

    For more information, visit the project website.

    Link to pdf of sign in Spanish and English can be found here.

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    CLEAR Online Training Portal

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    The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is the new home to a suite of online certificate trainings. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) offers online certificate courses for new and existing land use officials charged with protecting our environment. DEEP asked CLEAR to host them to expand reach and access. 

    DEEP issues a Certificate of Achievement upon successful course completion. The courses are not limited to municipal officials. DEEP encourages participation by anyone interested in learning about land use in Connecticut—all courses are free. 

    Online training modules from CLEAR’s Land Use Academy and Adapt CT, as well as links to training schedules for the New Farms and Farmers and the Geospatial Training programs are also available. 

    DEEP Certificate Trainings 

    • Aquifer Protection Program Technical Training 
    • Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program 
    • Hazardous Waste Management Training 
    • The 21st Century Resilient Business: How Managing Chemicals Can Help You Weather the Storm (in development) 

    Visit clear.uconn.edu/training for more details.

    Fenwick Living Shoreline

    Connecticut shoreline and living shoreline
    Photo: Juliana Barrett

    The Hepburn Preserve is a 4-acre beach, dune and brackish tidal wetland habitat owned by the Lynde Point Land Trust, located in the Borough of Fenwick in Old Saybrook. Storm events have caused serious erosion of the area when strong winds and waves hit the shoreline, compounded by shoreline changes due to nearby seawalls and groins. Several major coastal storms overtopped or breached the dunes including Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. A permanent breach, compounded by sea level rise, would cause long term changes to this marsh system. 

    As a solution, an innovative hybrid living shoreline was proposed, designed and implemented at the site to decrease erosion of the beach/dune habitat, create marsh habitat along the shoreline, and aid in the protection of the dune system. Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique to aid in shoreline stabilization using native marsh vegetation. Sometimes low sills (such as rock or oyster reefs) are incorporated into living shoreline designs, hence the term, “hybrid” living shoreline. The purpose of a sill is to break and slow wave energy. Sills are placed parallel to the shoreline with the length and height dependent on site requirements. When multiple sills are used, large enough spaces between sills is required to allow for movement of marine organisms. 

    This project supports the “It Takes a Village” theme. The land trust, Borough of Fenwick officials and local residents had started to meet years before this living shoreline was implemented to educate each other and to research and discuss various options. They spoke with many different groups, including Connecticut Sea Grant/UConn Extension, on how they might best proceed and what their options for a living shoreline might be. Many partners were brought together with the Connecticut River Conservancy taking the lead on a Long Island Sound Study Futures Fund grant that funded part of the implementation. Visit climate.uconn.edu for more information.

    Article by Juliana Barrett

    ‘Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy’ now available

    A Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy: Tools for Educators and Ocean Literacy Advocates, developed by the National Marine Educators Association, with the support of NOAA, is now available to help educators and other ocean advocates teach, learn, and communicate about the ocean.

    CT Sea Grant Education Coordinator Diana Payne is one of the editors of the book, along with Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley (emerita); and Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA Office of Education.

    The handbook provides a much needed resource comprising two highly regarded tools to use alongside Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for All Audiences (NOAA, 2020) to advance ocean literacy.

    It contains both Scope & Sequence and NGSS alignment; available online with screen reader capabilities or order hard copy via email to NOAA Outreach education@noaa.gov)

    The handbook can be found here.

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    Extension Donor Support is Growing Statewide Programming

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    Photo Kara Bonsack

    The work of UConn Extension serves thousands of people across Connecticut. UConn Extension educators work in all 169 cities and towns helping Connecticut residents to solve problems in their communities and provide transformational learning experiences to program participants. This couldn’t be done without the financial support of generous donors, many of whom have experienced Extension programs firsthand. 

    Donations for Extension programs are made through the UConn Foundation which is an independent nonprofit organization that operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, research and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut and UConn Health. Housed within the Foundation are funds specifically earmarked for Extension programming that provide critical support to these programs and make it possible to develop innovative programming for Connecticut residents. Here are some examples of programs made possible by the generous contributions of UConn Extension donors.

    David E. and Nancy H. Bull CES Innovative Programming Fund

    A generous gift from Nancy H. and David E. Bull provides funding to support innovative programming in Extension through a competitive application process open to personnel with a full or partial Extension appointment. Applications must explicitly identify the innovation proposed and the risks involved along with the potential to influence future program delivery. Some of the projects funded include:

    UConn CAHNR GMO Team received funding to address the lack of science-based information for citizens regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A multi-faceted educational approach provided unbiased information which included a web site, a panel discussion on the Storrs campus, development of curriculum for youth audiences, and short videos on GMO subjects.

    Assistant Extension Educators Abby Beissinger and Shuresh Ghimire received funding to establish a hot water seed treatment program to combat seed-borne pathogens that cause early infections in fields. Identified in 2019 listening sessions as a top agricultural priority in Connecticut, Dr. Ghimire and Ms. Beissinger shared the hot water treatment protocols and workshop curricula and work collaboratively with other states to contribute to best practices.

    UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy program leaders received funding to address equity and inclusion within community conservation practices. NRCA implemented a series of participatory processes to co-design local conservation projects with multiple community stakeholders in the metro-Hartford area. The goal of this project is to allow communities to meaningfully contribute to the development of conservation that is most in demand within their community.

    Master Gardener Fund

    UConn Extension’s Master Gardener Program began in 1978 instructing participants in science-based horticulture practices and garden management, after which students apply their knowledge by engaging in community education, including lectures, educational displays, demonstrations, and plant clinics, as well as various outreach projects throughout Connecticut. Donations to the Master Gardener Fund within the UConn Foundation are critical to the ongoing training and community outreach that they provide. Donations contribute to salaries of the Master Gardener coordinators housed in each of the local Extension Centers in Connecticut. Donations literally keep the program going and also allow for increased accessibility and flexibility in learning modalities which combines online learning with traditional classroom instruction. 

    4-H Centennial Fund

    The 4-H Centennial Fund was created in 2002 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national 4-H program. Donations to the fund ensure that participants in the UConn 4-H program have the opportunity to participate in unique and exciting state, regional and national 4-H events. Many 4-H alumni remember their experience at Citizenship Washington Focus or National 4-H Congress. These trips provide important leadership and civic engagement experiences that youth don’t get elsewhere. A delegation of youth once again attended the 2021 National 4-H Congress and plans are underway for the 2022 Citizenship Washington Focus. 

    Donations to UConn Extension through the UConn Foundation have made it possible to reach more people with unique and innovative programming that solves problems in communities and enriches the lives of Connecticut families. Donors can rest assured that their contributions matter and significantly impact the lives of Connecticut residents. 

    Please consider supporting Extension at s.uconn.edu/GiveToExtension

    Article by Nancy Wilhelm

    Job: Educational Program Assistant – Part-Time in Fairfield Co.

    Search #: 496223Work type: Part-timeLocation: Fairfield County Extension CtrCategories: Academic Programs and Services

    JOB SUMMARY

    The UConn Extension Center located in Bethel, CT is seeking applications for a part-time Educational Program Assistant 1 position (50%).  This position is responsible for supporting and helping implement high-quality, comprehensive, Extension programming at different program sites throughout the region, with specific support to Urban Agriculture, EFNEP/Community Nutrition, Master Gardener, and 4-H programs. The Educational Program Assistant will report to the Center Coordinator to prioritize programmatic work assignments.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    1. Assists and provides support to Extension Educators working with programs which may include but not be limited to Urban Agriculture, EFNEP/ community nutrition, Master Gardener, and 4-H programs.
    2. Assists in developing educational programs, recruiting, explaining, and providing program information and processes to Extension volunteers and participants.
    3. Works with and helps develop and refine program databases using programs such as Excel and Access, as well as national and federal databases such as 4-H, Z-Suite, and WebNEERS to extrapolate relevant data sets, maintain program enrollments, membership, and volunteer records and provide program reports to the Extension educators as required.
    4. Maintains accurate records on each program and assembles databases and prepares statistical and/or historical reports for Extension educators/Program Coordinators based on program outcomes.
    5. Performs office support functions, in support of educational programs; processes paperwork, records, and files which may be computerized or confidential in nature.
    6. Supports Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in implementing and providing off-site educational activities in the community to improve practical understanding and accomplish program goals.
    7. Provides assistance in assembling, arranging, organizing, and dismantling program event and activity set-ups and arrangements at various locations and venues, i.e. classrooms, fairgrounds, community centers, etc.
    8. Supports media relations activities for various programs; works with others to write and edit program and promotional materials for hard and soft copy publications and social media platforms.
    9. Assists Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in assessing clients’ capacity to participate in programs and helping to incorporate related knowledge into program activities for greatest learning opportunities.
    10. Assists Extension Educators/Program Coordinators in developing and implementing programs to enhance learning and provide appropriate content-based experiences to accomplish program goals.
    11. Under supervision, provides educational training and conducts related support services on an ongoing basis, and assists in resolving problems in assigned area of responsibility.
    12. Assists with increasing community collaborations with partner groups.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

    1. Bachelor’s degree in related field and up to one year of related experience or an Associate’s degree and two to three years of related experience; or four to five years of experience utilizing profession based standards in urban agriculture, community nutrition, gardening, 4-H or related fields.
    2. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and ability to work effectively with communication technologies and the media.
    3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Access and other database activities.
    4. Demonstrated sensitivity towards diverse youth, families, and volunteer clientele to be served.
    5. Must be detail-oriented. Demonstrated experience providing organizational support in a team environment including but not limited to filing, database management, and administrative processes.
    6. Must be able to regularly lift, carry, load, unload, and transport equipment, supplies, and/or program materials for educational events and workshops such as laptops, projectors, tables, chairs, displays, paper media, etc.
    7. Must be willing and able to work flexible and irregular hours, including occasional nights and weekends to help conduct programs at off-site locations.
    8. Must have reliable transportation to meet in-state travel requirements (mileage allowance provided).

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

    1. Knowledge and familiarity with the Cooperative Extension System.
    2. Demonstrated success in public relations utilizing electronic, social, and print media platforms.
    3. Experience working with large databases, and generating reports including 4-H online registration.
    4. Experience participating with collaborative community partnerships.
    5. Experience working with UConn administrative processes.
    6. Experience with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) technology.
    7. Multilingual – Spanish and English preferred

    Physical Requirements: Incumbents must possess the ability to perform the required duties set forth above.

    APPOINTMENT TERMS 

    This is a part-time (50%, 17.5 hours) position based in Bethel, CT. The annual salary will be prorated according to the percent of employment.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

    Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

    Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

    TO APPLY

    Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #496223 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on May 1, 2022.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

    Advertised: Apr 01 2022 Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: May 01 2022 Eastern Daylight Time