Climate Change Knowledge Sharing Session

Sustain Southern Maine’s Knowledge Sharing Session on Climate Change took place September 17th from 3-5 pm in Wishcamper’s Lee Hall on USM’s Portland Campus. Attendees participated in lively discussion on emerging topics such as:

– Can the comprehensive planning process ever really address climate adaptation goals?

– How can we – or should we – evolve Maine beyond storm surge and sea level rise concerns to other potential economic and environmental impacts?

– Can gaming and roleplay play a useful role in climate change prediction and public understanding?

Speakers and discussion leaders for this session include pioneers of climate change work in Maine:

Jonathan “J.T.”Lockman AICP, Vice President of Environmental Planning, Catalyst Adaptation Partners

Peter A. Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey


Elizabeth Hertz, Director, Municipal Planning Assistance Program, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Mike Mahoney, Antioch New England Graduate School

A written summary of the session can be found here.


Sam Merrill opened the session and introduced the first speaker, JT Lockman, Who talked about using the comprehensive plan to enact climate change adaptation strategies.


Pete Slovinsky then talked about his experience working with municipalities in Maine to develop scientifically founded responses to sea level rise.


Liz Hertz then spoke about the NOAA project of special merit helping Maine municipalities develop local level strategies for addressing sea level rise.


Mike Mahoney then talked about the use of role playing exercises in raising awareness of and building consensus on climate change adaptation strategies.


Finally, Sam Merrill led a discussion with the audience and the speakers about the ideas that had been brought up.