A trained environmental communicator and former college instructor, Sherry Godlewski is committed to providing science-based education and technical assistance to support New Hampshire state agencies and communities in becoming resourceful, ready, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and long term climate change.
“The ASAP Regional Adaptation Leadership Award (RALA) recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership. It recognizes the fact that deliberate, proactive adaptation, preparedness and resilience-building is a change process, a deviation from business-as-usual, and a courageous act of doing something new and different. At its heart are individuals who make this change happen, sometimes with very few resources. The RALA recognizes distinguished adaptation leaders who approach their work in a strategic, sophisticated, well informed, inclusive, and effective manner. The RALA is awarded in a different region once every two years.”
A stellar adaptation “CAW-league”
As NHCAW co-chair, Sherry has helped foster strategic partnerships by supporting the development of numerous competitive proposals and project implementation. Under Sherry’s leadership, NHCAW partners and communities have worked together to secure over $6 million in grant funding to complete nearly 100 projects focused on building community capacity, research and assessment, and on the ground action.
Most recently, Sherry has been a key partner in the NH Setting SAIL project, which aims to support state agency and municipal implementation of the NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission (CRHC) recommendations through outreach and technical assistance. In this capacity, Sherry has been instrumental not only in the proposal development process, but also in relaying CRHC recommendations to state agency partners and coastal municipalities, as well as coordinating state agency audits of statutes and rules that may be affected by coastal flood risks.
Congratulations, Sherry! We are so proud.