South Coast Climate Change Coalition Charter (S4C)
The South Coast region stretches from the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island to Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and includes the cities of Fall River and New Bedford. This region represents an important economic, cultural and recreational engine for this part of New England. Much of the South Coast is also defined by its natural resources including working farms, vibrant fisheries, rolling fields and forests, and scenic coastal landscapes.
Climate change, and its many permutations from increasing sea level rise to more severe storms, increasing temperature and more frequent drought conditions threatens the communities and livelihoods of residents living in the South Coast region. The South Coast Climate Change Coalition seeks to help local communities in the South Coast identify resources to address the real-time effects of climate change and enhance the environmental and economic resiliency of these communities.
The mission of the South Coast Climate Change Coalition (S4C) is comprised of all of the following:
- To increase public awareness of the probable consequences of climate change for the communities and residents of the South Coast, from Wareham, to Fall River, MA.
- To help residents and communities incorporate resiliency planning for the potential adverse impacts of climate change.
- Help communities adapt to and minimize the consequences of climate change.
- Help communities to grasp the opportunities presented by climate change.
To advance the mission of the S4C, the following goals have been adopted:
- Collaboration - Promote collaboration on climate change issues, including green house gas emissions, sea level rise, saltmarsh degradation, storm water management and other aspects of climate change
- Advice and Consulting - Work with local and regional community leaders and officials to address issues surrounding climate change impacts on public and private infrastructure;
- Planning - Help communities and regions develop plans, ordinances, by-laws and regulations that will prepare for and minimize the adverse local effects and assist them in grasping opportunities of climate change;
- Climate Change Awareness and Education - Partner with individuals and organizations in developing and offering informational presentations on local impacts of climate change, targeting the general public; municipal officials; students; local businesses; professional practitioners;
- Tool Kits - Partner with individuals and organizations in developing, offering, and coordinating distribution of “Tool Kits” providing information and resources on the Best Management Practices which address local impacts of climate change, including infrastructure, policy and financing;
- Applied Science - Partner with individuals and organizations to develop science based guidelines for the best possible management of upland, wetland, salt marsh, estuarine/coastal areas and water bodies to cope with climate change; monitor and model the effects of climate change; study non-point source nutrient pollution to determine how it can be addressed regionally and how it may be exacerbated by climate change;
- Economic - Evaluate the economic consequences and opportunities on a local and regional basis resulting from climate change in partnership with individuals, localities and organizations;
- Advocacy - Support local, state and federal regulations and legislation that further the goals of the S4C. Advocate for the goals of the S4C. Seek out and pursue grant opportunities for stakeholders that further the goals of the S4C.
The South Coast Climate Change Coalition (S4C) shall be structured as follows:
- The Steering Committee shall consist of up to 21 founding members. The Steering Committee shall facilitate the creation of this coalition and coordinate the adoption of this charter.
- Once adopted, the steering committee shall be dissolved and a governing Board of Advisors (of up to 21 members) shall be elected.
- A five person Executive Committee, appointed by the Board of Advisors, shall provide day-to-day operational support, financial management and decision-making to the S4C, with the advice and consent of the S4C Board of Advisors.
An ad hoc Charter Development Committee will draft a charter document for approval by the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee shall meet from time to time until dissolved.
The Board of Advisors shall meet from time to time as necessary, but at least once per year.
The Executive Committee shall meet as necessary.
The active membership of the S4C shall meet from time to time.
Final versions of the charter of the South Coast Climate Change Coalition, including this one, shall be accepted by the majority vote of the Steering Committee.
This Charter may be amended, rescinded or dissolved by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Executive Committee at any time.