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Speakers will focus on funding, funding climate resilient communities | New


NEWBURYPORT – Storm Surge will host its final program in the conference series this fall, “Funding and Funding Climate Resilient Communities,” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, in person at the Senior Community Center and virtually on Zoom.

Anyone interested in this free program must register in advance at All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Joanne Throwe and Dan Nees of Throwe Environmental LLC, are the guest speakers. Throwe Environmental is a partner organization of the Southeastern New England Program Network and Field Liaisons for the National Coastal Resilience Fund of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, according to a press release.

Throwe and Nees will share examples of how cities on the East Coast have taken on the challenge of moving from a resilience plan to funded projects. The duo will share information on tools and processes to identify funding criteria and potential funding options, and discuss communities that are considering implementing and funding projects focused on climate resilience.

Speakers will also highlight one of the tools and resources they use to guide their work – the Planning to Action: Climate Toolkit (PACT). Participants will learn about a practical framework for approaching climate finance and finance and how to take the first steps to become more climate resilient.

Throwe, President of Throwe Environmental, served as an expert in environmental policy and finance in a variety of capacities for over 20 years, including as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chairman of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board of the ‘EPA and director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.

Nees is a Project Partner at Throwe Environmental and Principal Investigator at the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland. Prior to his tenure at CGS, he was Director of the University’s Environmental Finance Center. He has more than 20 years of experience in supporting communities in their efforts to finance environmental and sustainable development initiatives.

Throwe and Nees will be joined by Sanjay Seth and Michael Sanduski after the presentation for a panel discussion and question and answer session. Seth is the Climate Resilience Program Manager for the City of Boston. Sanduski is a Masters candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a concurrent MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth. Last spring, he worked with a team of Harvard Kennedy School students on a framework for prioritizing resilience projects in Newburyport and Salem.

Storm Surge has featured five programs since May, covering topics related to Newburyport’s resilience plan. Videos of previous programs are available on the event archive page of the Storm Surge website

Storm Surge will share community members’ questions with the panel prior to the program. Send your questions to [email protected]


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