• Amanda Brennan posted an update in the group Group logo of Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of PracticeSoutheast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice 6 years, 7 months ago

    Please join the Southeast & Caribbean Climate Community of Practice for a webinar on
    Leveraging the Community Rating System for Climate Adaptation

    How can communities both save money and adapt to climate impacts like increased flooding? Learning how to take advantage of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) is a great place to start. The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates for local government, businesses and residents are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from community actions.

    Please join the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2015, as we listen to Shana Jones, Shannon Jarbeau, Ed DiTommaso, and Allison Hardin share their knowledge and experience on the topic.

    Webinar: Leveraging the Community Rating System for Climate Adaptation

    When: Monday, March 23; 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    Webinar Link: https://breeze.sc.edu/secccop_crswebinar/

    Audio: Call in number: 605-477-2100
    Access code: 736549#

    Speakers Include:
    • Shana Jones, J.D., Carl Vinson Institute of Government at The University of Georgia
    • Shannon Jarbeau, CFM, Wetlands Watch
    • Ed DiTommaso, AICP, GISP, Ecological Planning Group
    • Allison Hardin, CFM, City of Myrtle Beach, SC


    2:00-2:05 Welcome and Introductions
    2:05-2:25 Overview of the CRS, Changes to NFIP, Leveraging CRS for Climate Adaptation Shana Jones; Shannon Jarbeau
    2:25-2:35 Examples from Tybee Island, GA Ed DiTommaso
    2:35-2:45 Examples from Myrtle Beach, SC Allison Hardin
    2:45-3:00 Questions/Discussion


    Shana Jones, J.D., joined the Institute of Government in 2014 as a faculty member in the Planning and Environmental Services unit. She assists communities with managing legal and policy issues related to land use, environmental quality, and coastal flooding. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Jones was the director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William & Mary Law School. Her previous experience includes managing a nonprofit policy group, clerking at the federal and state levels, and working as a program manager at a Texas state agency and for the Texas Governor’s Office.

    Shannon Jarbeau, CFM, works with local governments, academic institutions, businesses, and residents to prepare for and adapt to climate change and rising sea levels in coastal Virginia. With sea level rise as the biggest threat to tidal wetlands in Virginia, her work focuses on ways to adapt to increased flooding while protecting the future of wetlands. Shannon’s current work involves outreach and education around the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System as incentives to improve floodplain management, natural resource protection, and coastal hazard resiliency.

    Ed DiTommaso, AICP, GISP, is an owner and principal planner at Ecological Planning Group. He brings proficiency in planning and GIS through his professional experience working with public sector clients since 2004. Ed has a wide range of planning experience that includes the management and development of comprehensive plans, solid waste management plans, land use and future land use plans, and trail plans for clients throughout the State of Georgia. Outside of planning, much of Ed’s work involves the spatial and analytical application of GIS. Applying these skills to specific projects has allowed Ed to offer clients a wide variety of GIS related services. These services include data development, database management, implementation of stormwater utilities, fire protection fees, field infrastructure mapping, routing, and redistricting.

    Allison Hardin, CFM, is an urban planner and award-winning planning advocate focused on balancing natural resources with economic development by incorporating principles such as No Adverse Impact, triple bottom line planning, and aiming for resiliency, not just sustainability. Currently, Allison works for the City of Myrtle Beach as a city planner. Her 23-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business continuity, and emergency services.

    We hope to see you there!


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