BLUE HILL — Peninsula Tomorrow, which describes itself as a multi-town effort working to address “the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, sea level rise and community resilience,” announced Tuesday that it won an Island Institute $10,000 ShoreUp grant.
The funds will be used to develop peninsula-wide competence in climate resilience planning, community engagement, information sharing and project fundraising, implementation and administration skills, according to a press release.
The Hancock County Planning Commission will act as fiscal agent and work will be supervised by Allen Kratz, owner of Resilience Works.
During this pilot program, Kratz will provide services to all nine towns in Peninsula Tomorrow — Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry. He will begin his work in this four-month pilot program beginning on Feb. 1.
A key component of this project will be engaging the services of assistant coordinator, for example a college student, the press release stated. The Island Institute is particularly interested in cultivating leadership for future climate change and environmental policy. Peninsula Tomorrow is seeking candidates now.
The project will help member towns address the impacts of climate change, such as heat, severe storms, inland and coastal inundation, shoreline erosion, salinization of aquifers and protecting critical infrastructure.
For more information, contact Randall Curtis and visit https://hcpcme.org/.