CAW was one of five winners in New Hampshire that received a 2015 Environmental Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Merit Awards, which are given to environmental leaders who have already taken action, are awarded in the categories of individual; business; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization. CAW was honored in the governmental category.
Here’s what the EPA had to say about CAW.
NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup
A group of government, non-governmental, university, and private organizations in New Hampshire collaborated to provide resources for communities trying to respond to the threats of climate change to the state’s coast. The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, formed in 2010, has been led by Steve Miller of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Sherry Godlewski of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Now involving a collaboration of 21 organizations, the workgroup is looked at as a national model. The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup received more than $2.75 million in grant funds for municipal projects. It sponsors an Annual Climate Summit, now in its fourth year, and numerous workshops, attracting hundreds of participants. The workgroup also provide resources through a website, newsletter, speaking engagements and a quarterly radio spot. It has educated legislators and was instrumental in establishing the Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission in the NH Legislature. The workgroup model has already been replicated by several other groups throughout New England. The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is an example of what can be done with few resources and dedicated, hard-working people.
Read the entire EPA press release to learn about all of NH’s award recipients.