BATON ROUGE – The Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice has awarded the 2013 Gulf of Mexico Spirit of Community Award to Lynne Carter, LSU associate director of the Southern Climate Impacts and Planning Program, or SCIPP, and the Coastal Sustainability Studio. She was selected by her peers in the Climate Community of Practice group as the individual most deserving of recognition for her leadership in climate planning, education, networking and communication.
The Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice is made up of more than 400 education, outreach and extension professionals, as well as community leaders and planners, whose work includes contributing to the resilience of coastal communities.
“Lynne is most deserving of the 2013 Spirit of Community Award due to her promotion of climate awareness, community engagement and leadership in drafting the latest National Climate Assessment,” said LaDon Swann, director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. “This award has special meaning because you must be nominated by your colleagues and voting is open to all members of the Climate Community of Practice in the entire Gulf of Mexico. Her colleagues are recognizing she has achieved great things.”
Carter was applauded for her climate change outreach efforts in local, coastal Louisiana parishes.
“Dr. Carter continually presents a clear message on past, present and future climate change impacts,” her nomination said. “She frames the discussion in terms of what communities are already seeing, which helps people comprehend the idea of climate change on a local level. Her message is small, global changes have big, local impacts, so we need to plan to protect. Through her clear and consistent presentations, parish residents understand that changes they have already witnessed are related to changes in the global climate and that changes will continue to happen.”
Through her role with SCIPP, Carter also cooperated with Louisiana Sea Grant to engage with Lafourche Parish officials. As the Southeast liaison for the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Variability and Change, she also engages with several groups across the Gulf of Mexico to conduct education and outreach on climate.
The Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice brings together extension, outreach and education professionals and community officials in the Gulf to learn how coastal communities can adapt to sea-level rise, precipitation changes and other climate-related issues. Extension, outreach and education professionals and local decision-makers work together so that they can be better equipped with reliable information and science-based guidance regarding the level of risk to their communities and strategies they can use to adapt to climate change. For more information, see http://masgc.org/climate/cop.
To learn more about LSU’s expertise in coastal-related research, visit www.lsu.edu/coast.