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Exploring Creative Roles State’s Are Playing to Get People out of Harm’s Way (Part 4) – FbD Lunch & Learn Series

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join us on Thursday, July 11th, from 12pm – 1pm, for the fourth and final installment of the Acquisitions & Buyouts Series. This webinar will feature Courtney Wald-Wittkop, Manager of the Blue Acres Program at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Garin Bulger, Research Specialist with the Center for Urban Policy Research at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, to share information on the State of New Jersey’s Blue Acres program.Since its inception in 1995, Blue Acres has worked to better protect public safety and the environment by relocating New Jersey families whose homes are subject to repeated flooding and acquiring property for use as natural flood storage, parks, and community open space. Courtney will share an overview of the program and lessons learned in working with landowners and communities to fund and complete buyouts through the Blue Acres program.Garin’s research focuses on climate adaptation policy, environmental policy, community-led work, and climate justice. Garin will share some of his research on how best to engage the community when enacting buyout programs.

As always, there will be time for questions and discussion. If you can’t make this or any of the other webinars in the series, each will be recorded and posted on the FbD website on the Culture & Capacity Action Group page within a couple of days of the event.


While we update the specific details of the Lunch & Learn sessions monthly, the topics are informed by feedback from the Floodplains by Design network of practitioners and partners. If you would like to explore some of the topics and themes that emerged from our 2024 Input Gathering, you can view the themes here.

As always, we welcome feedback and ideas for upcoming topics so please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself (Allan Warren awarren@b-e-f.org), Carol MacIlroy (cmacilroy@gmail.com), Lisa Nelson, (lnel461@ecy.wa.gov) or Matt Gerlach, (mger461@ecy.wa.gov).

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2125469094 

Passcode: 1234


July 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm