Resilient Erie Summit Brings Together Diverse Groups
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 more than 65 people gathered together to highlight community-based projects that mitigate or adapt to regional climate and weather impacts. The “Resilient Erie Stewardship Summit,” sponsored by the Community Resilience Action network of Erie (CRANE), and held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, PA, brought together local leaders, business owners, researchers, educators and other members of the Erie community.
Sister Pat Lupo, long-time environmental education advocate and keynote speaker for the event, inspired audience members with recollections of the many initiatives she has led to connect youth with volunteer opportunities to benefit the environment and the community. Other resilient Erie projects included transforming vacant lots into urban agricultural opportunities, green buildings and energy efficiency, student led rain gardens, green parking lots and green infrastructure, and projects that address long term impacts to water quality the region.
An hour-long poster session also gave participants an opportunity to interact directly with researchers and projects leads to enhance understanding about the various initiatives happening in the region.
The projects presented at the Summit will be compiled into an interactive story map, to visually represent the work happening in Erie, and to help focus the prioritization of future projects. The story map will be a work in process, being updated as new projects become available. Projects can be shared and added by posting on social media and using the hashtag #ResilientErie, or via email at email@example.com, or visit Pacrane.org for more information.