Earlier this year Governor Malloy announced a joint effort between DEEP and the University of Connecticut - the creation of a multi-disciplinary, regional center of excellence, the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). CIRCA brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to a changing climate. The Institute will help coastal and inland floodplain communities in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast better adapt to climate impacts and make their human-built infrastructure more resilient while protecting ecosystems and the services they offer (recreation, storm protection, food, clean air and water, and energy).

Located at UConn's Avery Point campus, the newly created institute is taking shape under the leadership of Executive Director, Jim O'Donnell. Collaborations with NOAA are already underway, and CIRCA is currently developing program opportunities to help Connecticut coastal and riverine communities seeking to increase resiliency in the face of climate change. At present, the Institute is available to assist municipal governments in the development of grant proposals under the CT Department of Housing Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery - Tranche 2.  

Application deadline is August 15, 2014.  For inquiries: circa@uconn.edu