Talk of the Towns 1/10/24: Town Planning for Climate Resilience

Producer/Hosts: Ron Beard and Liz Graves
Theme music for Talk of the Towns Theme is a medley from Coronach, on a Balnain House Highland Music recording.

Talk of the Towns: Local Community concerns and opportunities

This month:
– Many towns, business owners and home owners think about and plan for the future in some way… how has the issue of climate sharpened focus on the need to plan for and adapt to sea level rise and warming?
– What does “climate resilience” look like from each of your perspectives… what examples provide you with inspiration?
– What are the key challenges you face as you engage your communities and plan for climate resilience? Who do you get to answer sceptics?
– Where can other communities get help with these challenges? Other examples of working within and across town boundaries, etc.

Kathleen Billings, Town Manager, Stonington
Susie Arnold, director Center for Climate and Community Resilience, Island Institute
Carla Guenthher, Senior Scientist, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Linda Louise Nelson, Director of Community Development, Stonington


About the hosts:

Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.

Liz Graves joined Talk of the Towns as co-producer and co-host in July 2022, having long admired public affairs programming on WERU and dreamed of getting involved in community radio. She works as the Town Clerk for the Town of Bar Harbor, and is a former editor of the Mount Desert Islander weekly newspaper. Liz grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.