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The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state collaboration to cap and reduce pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while investing in cleaner and more equitable future transportation. TCI will have proposed enabling legislation in the 2021 legislative session.

The Resilient Connecticut Collaborative (RCC) is a shared community where members learn with one another and discuss climate change in Connecticut. For 2021, RCC members will explore the impacts of climate change in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, identifying climate vulnerabilities in these areas and assessing resilience projects/opportunities that can aid in mitigating them.

TCI and RCC are concerted efforts in the fight against climate change. Investing in a cleaner transportation sector is a resilience opportunity to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and equitably serve vulnerable communities most at risk to a changing climate.

Yaw Owusu Darko, CLCC’s Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow, represents CLCC as a participant in both of these programs. Acquiring and preserving open space enables our communities to become more resilient to climate change. Participation in TCI and RCC are efforts to gain a growing understanding and valuably contribute to the many strategies that can be used to examine and reduce the devastating impacts of climate change.

Addressing climate change requires an interdisciplinary and multi-solving approach. Climate change poses an environmental, social, and economic threat. The pursuit of adaptive strategies — such as cleaner transportation, greener infrastructure, land use, and renewable energy — cannot be isolated efforts. CLCC looks forward to learning more about these intersectional issues and bringing land conservation to the table as we participate in these important initiatives.