Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience Team members participated this week in the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA): Innovations in Building Resilient Communities in Denver, Colorado. They represented the Gulf of Mexico to discuss regional successes and share what steps GOMA has taken to work with coastal communities.

SCLA is a program through the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). The ISC is an international organization that focuses on providing people with the tools and skills needed to inspire active citizenship that protects the environment. SCLA programs bring together teams from across the nation to expand and accelerate their resilience efforts.

The SCLA program is a series of intensive, peer-learning and training workshops that advance, accelerate, and scale-up urban environmental and sustainability solutions. Cross-sector, multi-stakeholder teams of practitioners from 8-12 cities attend these individually tailored sessions to share best practices and learn from experts on topics such as transportation, infrastructure services, food systems, adaptation and resilience, green infrastructure, energy efficiency and skills building.

Participating on behalf of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance were Coen Perrott, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; Daphne Viverette, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (Team Coordinator); Hank Hodde, Smart Home America; Kristen Kapiotis, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (Team Coordinator); and Craig Davis, Texas General Land Office.

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