On June 21, 2022, the Providence Resilience Partnership joined the state-wide conversation at Grow Smart RI’s biannual Power of Place Summit. The day-long event held at RI Convention Center featured numerous organizations throughout Rhode Island working to promote smart growth in their communities. With over 200 attendees, representing a wide range of industries, participants were able to gain insights, engage in dialogue, and make connections, with the focus on the assets and strengths that contribute to our state’s exceptional quality of place.
The Providence Resilience Partnership led a panel discussion featuring Pam Rubinoff of URI’s Coastal Resources Center, Curt Spalding of Spalding Environment/Climate Strategies, PRP Chair Buff Chace, and Executive Director, Michele Jalbert. The conversation detailed what the Providence Resilience Partnership is and its role in planning for climate impacts on Rhode Island’s capital city. The climate resilience “best practices” presentation highlighted transformative communities around the nation serving as models for Providence to learn from, with a heightened focus on the relationship of ecosystems and social systems. The discussion transitioned to the need for unified data modeling & visualization innovation, and assessment of broader infrastructure, economic & social systems. The PRP team introduced Climate Ready Providence, a comprehensive strategy to address key climate risks with the use of updated climate projections, completing a comprehensive vulnerability assessment and developing a climate resilience roadmap.
In the Grow Smart RI exhibit hall, attendees stopped at PRP’s table to see the publicly accessible data from MyCoast RI and the StormTools flooding projection maps which showed impacts from both a potential 100 year storm as well as sea level rise expected in coming years.