The goal of this project is to link science communication and municipal planning to improve and transform coastal resilience. This is a partnership between Mission-Aransas Reserve, COMPASS Science Communication, and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, working closely with local municipalities, including City of Rockport’s Mayor Pro Tem and Community Planner, Nueces County Director of Coastal Parks, and social scientists in Strategic Planning and Policy at Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The project is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2017 Gulf Star Program and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.
In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, these dedicated and motivated individuals united at Corpus Christi Small Business Development Center with participants from the Texas Coastal Bend to discuss collaborative opportunities, barriers, and next steps for building, and rebuilding, more resilient, coastal communities.
The project team shared best practices, benefits and opportunities and led a science communication activity to engage and connect science and planning communities at the 2017 American Planning Association Texas Chapter Annual Conference: The Art of Planning- Uniting Diverse Perspectives. Over thirty planning departments, city managers, transportation planners, community development directors, scientists, and others voluntarily attended this session, many because integrating science into planning efforts was a fairly new topic to them.
This project addressed the great need to continually integrate communication across sectors as research and innovation evolve. Visit our project blog to learn more about the project, team, outcomes, next steps, and how you can get involved.
Presentations, agendas, and resources from this workshop can be accessed below.