FEMA Coastal Erosion Hazard Map Event

FEMA Region 1 and the Town of Nantucket will have a joint online public meeting and information session. The new maps are provided as non-regulatory FEMA products to be used by communities as a tool to identify areas where coastal erosion is a hazard, plan future mitigation actions and ultimately facilitate the reduction of future erosion risk. The technical approach developed in this study may be expanded to other coastal communities.

November 5 from 3 to 5 pm

Dr. Chip Fletcher on Sea Level Rise and Erosion Policy

This meeting with Prof Chip Fletcher of the University of Hawaii will cover sea level rise and erosion policy and how Hawaii has dealt with some of these issues and how they may be transferable to Nantucket.

November 6 at 1 pm

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Resilient Nantucket Design Guideline Charrette

Historic Preservation is most successful when the community is engaged, thus this is an opportunity for the community of Nantucket to not only learn about the process and the direction of the guidelines, but also inform the Town of Nantucket officials, HDC, and other decision-making bodies about what adaptation solutions best reflect Nantucket’s community values.

November 14 from 10 am to 1 pm


The students of Nantucket High School, partnering with Mass Audubon, are hosting a panel to learn more about addressing major pieces of sustainability including energy generation and conservation within the school, food sourcing, and waste disposal, and also how to work climate education into the existing curriculum. More information to come.​

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Protecting your family, home, or business from damage caused by flooding is essential. Resources available from the Town of Nantucket and its state and federal partners can help you with that task as a property or business owner. Understanding the unique needs of adapting properties in a National Historic Landmark community takes people with specialized knowledge. The Town of Nantucket is pleased to have such expertise available for our community members through an Action Grant obtained from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program​. 

Afternoon Session

Evening Session

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is shifting the focus from raising awareness about the need for resiliency through the lens of historic preservation in the face of sea-level rise (which was explored during the Keeping History Above Water conference in 2019) to looking at real-world strategies for adaptation that are being developed and implemented both nationally and on Nantucket.

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During Climate Change Awareness Month, join Dr. Jen Karberg and Neil Foley on a walk to explore how sea level rise and climate change is already impacting natural areas on our island. Using the salt marshes, wetlands, barrier beaches and uplands at the UMASS Field Station, they will guide you through the current stressors of climate and as well as the benefits these natural areas provide to buffer Nantucket from sea level rise.

Graeme Durovich talks on the research that the Town DPW and UMASS Amherst began in 2019. They investigated the presence of coastal plastics on our beaches and nearshore environment. She will also talk about the Nantucket Plastics Ban and how we can get involved in protecting our oceans. ​

Project focued on the South Washington Street area and Maria Mitchell Association properties in that area. The research focus was on the holistic adaptation plan for the architecture and unique ecological relationships. 

Resilient Nantucket

Join the Nantucket Land Council Associates for an island-wide (and beyond) #NantucketTrashTag (socially-distanced) beach cleanup!

Dr. Andrea Dutton, a MacArthur Fellow and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented on threats sea level rise and climate change pose to transportation, economics, and public health.

Kimberly Rose, ACKlimate Coordinator, and her mother, Janet Beck, completed the 5K race from their home in Hermitage, Tennessee in support of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, a Partner of ACKlimate.

Dr. Jennifer Karberg, Research Program Supervisor at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, presented on Nantucket as the forefront of climate change and how the island is benefiting from the extensive research focus and innovative natural opportunities.

Jack Ahern spoke on ecological landscaping for the Nantucket Land Council Topics on Tap Series.