Rebecca French, Ph.D of CIRCA and Wayne Cobleigh, CPSM of GZA, Presented at Connecticut Resilience Symposium

Rebecca French, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and Wayne Cobleigh, CPSM, Vice President of Client Services for GZA, recently presented a summary of their co-authored white paper, “Financing Resilience in Connecticut” at Symposium at UConn School of Law.


 This symposium focused on both the complexities of shared governance of Long Island Sound and the utilization of the tools of insurance and finance to achieve resilience in a changing climate. UConn School of Law and hosted the event and the Connecticut Sea Grant, National Sea Grant Law Center and the UConn Center for Energy & Environmental Law sponsored the event.  


French and Cobleigh presented “Financing Resilience in Connecticut: Current Programs, National Models, and New Opportunities.” This presentation aimed at educating Connecticut municipalities, lenders, regulators, policymakers, and legislators on the need to collaborate on financing methods for resiliency, to develop innovative public-private partnership (P3) financing methods, and to adapt existing P3 finance methods to resiliency. They summarized several methods for financing resilience to address flood insurance affordability and promote voluntary climate adaptation and climate mitigation measures to reduce and avoid future losses. The presentation addressed Connecticut’s need to develop effective financing methods for resiliency prior to the next natural disaster, to benefit residents, natural ecosystems, businesses, and government who are vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, and extreme weather. Investments in the short-term will create future taxpayer savings on disaster recovery costs.




The mission of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment. CIRCA is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. For additional information contact Rebecca French at 860-405-9228 or visit CIRCA’s website at


About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary firm providing Environmental, Geotechnical, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services.  GZA maintains corporate offices at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062.  The firm has over 550 employees and operates 27 offices in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Appalachian Regions of the United States.  For additional information, please call William Hadge, CEO at 781-278-3801 or visit the company’s website 

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