Promoting Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Equity in Florida

Full Title: Capacity Building for Florida Sea Grant: Promoting Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Equity in Florida
This proposal outlines a collaborative effort between Florida Sea Grant (FSG) and the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies to develop a statewide resiliency initiative called “Disaster Resilient Florida,” aimed at addressing coastal climate change challenges with a focus on underserved communities. The initiative will advance awareness, planning, and preparation for the impacts of coastal climate change on affordable housing in Florida, through capacity building, educational opportunities, partnership expansion, and support for marginalized communities.
Lead Investigator: Andrea Galinski Assistant Scholar, Department of Landscape Architecture – Research Affiliate, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies,
Project Team: Dr. Charles Sidman Associate Director for Research Florida Sea Grant Anne Ray Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse Manager, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies William O’Dell Director, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies Jim Martinez Senior Systems Programmer, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Collaborator: UF Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Award Amount: $125,000
Year Funded: 2022
Award Period: 8/1/22 – /1/31/24
Project Abstract:

This proposal aims to expand FSG’s capacity to work in collaborative and integrative ways to address the state’s coastal resilience needs. Working with the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies (Shimberg Center), FSG will support the development of a statewide resiliency initiative (“Disaster Resilient Florida”) that integrates science, communication, planning, design, and outreach to support communities addressing coastal climate change challenges with an orientation towards underserved communities. Specifically, this partnership will advance the awareness of, and planning and preparation for, the impacts of coastal climate change on affordable housing across Florida. To meet this goal, the FSG and the Shimberg Center will develop a “Disaster Resilient Florida” (DRF) initiative that focuses on:

– Advancing local communities’ capacities and capabilities

– Creating experiential educational opportunities for students

– Expanding partnerships and collaborations

– Supporting marginalized, racialized, and underserved communities

– Institutionalizing a focus on issues at the nexus of climate change and affordable housing

Project was extended through 9/30/24. This request is being made due to the alignment of project spending with the UF academic calendar. Specifically, some of these funds were allocated to support the project’s graduate research assistantship, which extends through May 2024 (the final semester of the 2-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning program). Additionally, the extension will enable the funding of undergraduate/graduate terminal project(s) that have extended beyond the 9-month academic period and may need to complete activities over the Summer 2024 semester. These activities include travel, final presentations, summary reports, etc., so this additional time is helpful for students to complete their work after finishing their capstone projects.

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