State, Conopco Inc. to give $2.5 million for new climate Institute at Avery Point

A plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Conopco Inc. will provide $2.5 million in funding for the Institute of Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation, which the state is creating at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus in Groton.

State Rep. Elissa Wright, D-Groton, who supported the legislation that created the institute, issued a news release Friday saying she welcomed the funding. Wright is also a member of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force.

“This is great news and will go a long way towards implementing a recommendation of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force to conduct research and lead strategic planning in the development of a sustainable plan for our coast and other lands subject to sea level rise and flooding impacts exacerbated by increasing storm frequency and intensity from climate change,” she said.

The center, which will be created under the direction of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will build on expertise at UConn in marine sciences, coastal engineering, regional climate change and sustainable environments, she said, while also helping develop Avery Point’s full potential in collaboration with DEEP.


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