Coastal Zone Grants – MA

Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management office is seeking proposals for their Coastal Habitat Grants Program. Up to $102,000 is available to support proactive efforts to implement demonstrable steps and actions to further coastal habitat protection, restoration, and assessment within the MA Coastal Zone, including outreach and education activities. Cities, towns, and other public entities; academic institutions; watershed associations or similar not-for-profits, and other private organizations are eligible to apply.  To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number “ENV 10 CZM 02.” Questions regarding this solicitation will be accepted until January 15, with answers posted on Comm-PASS by January 19.  Deadline for applications is 2/8/10.

Online Course – Nonprofit/Government Performance Management

UMass Boston’s Collins Center for Public Management and McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies offer a six-session, online course beginning March 1, 2010.  Students will develop skills to refine the way goals and strategies are articulated so that they can be effectively measured, and to select practical performance measures.  Visit online for more information about the course and registration process.

Teen Ocean Summit

The New England Aquarium’s Teen Ocean Summit is a one-day opportunity for high school students to creatively address the challenges surrounding marine environmental issues. On March 31, 2010 in Waltham MA students will take on roles and work in teams to examine coastal planning.  Based on teachers’ applications, six schools will be invited to bring up to 10 students each.  Priority for attendance will go to classes that have not previously attended the Summit and inner-city schools, based on first-come, first-served application dates.  To request an application and for more information, contact Vickie Cataldo at vcataldo@neaq.org or 617-973-0235.

Report – sea level rise and local wetlands management

A recent paper published in Environmental Research Letters describes work to bring land use planners from 100 local governments along the Atlantic coast to create maps distinguishing lands likely to be protected from lands likely to be given up to the rising sea.  From the abstract:   “Based on…land use plans, we estimate that almost 60% of the land below 1 m along the US Atlantic Coast is expected to be developed and thus unavailable for the inland migration of wetlands. Less than 10% of the land below 1 m has been set aside for conservation.” The full report, including maps, is available online.

Undergraduate Fellowships – Climate Change NH, MA, DC

Clean Air, Cool Planet will place a fellow in each of ten organizations around New England and further afield to work on communications, calculations, and actions to address climate change.  Deadline for applications is 1/31/10; informational webinars are scheduled for 1/14/10 and 1/20/10.  For more information and an application, visit CA-CP.