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Each year, RASCL hosts an annual Summit that attracts over 200 attendees from nonprofits, local governments, state agencies, private consultants, and community groups. This year, the 5th annual RASCL Summit is all virtual and will conclude with networking opportunities. 

This year the theme is "Go for the Green: Funding and Designing Resilient Infrastructure" and discussions will focus on funding programs available to communities, how collaboration and networks build momentum, and green infrastructure projects that are improving local community resilience and sustainability. Here is a look at this year's sessions. 


Tuesday December 7, 2021

Grant Funders Q&A -2:00-3:30pm

This session will feature panelists from various agencies and organizations that award and administer grants to communities.  The goal of this panel is to feature the funders' perspective and offer insights into how grant proposals are selected for funding. 


Jen Adkins - Director, Clean Water Supply, American Rivers

Carolyn Berndt - Legislative Director for Sustainability, National League of Cities

Rachel Dawson - Program Director, Delaware River, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Kate Frangos- Federal Emergency Management Agency

Mike Hahn - Planning Supervisor, DelDOT

Wednesday December 8, 2021

Innovative Funding Panel - 10:30am-12:00pm

This panel will focus on non-traditional funding pathways and promote various funding models and innovative ways communities can generate funds to implement resiliency and sustainability projects. Topics will include environmental impact bonds, storm water utilities, and possibly legislative funds that do not require grant applications. Grant funding will not be explored as part of this panel.



Ashley Allen Jones - Founder & CEO, i2 Capital

Jason Lee - Associate Director, Quantified Ventures

Bryan Lennon - City of Wilmington

Local Stories Panel - 3:00-4:30pm

This panel will feature local projects from all across Delaware that emphasize resiliency, sustainability, and the use of nature-based infrastructure. Panelists will speak about the funding they received for their project and lessons learned that could be of value to other communities throughout the State.



Mike Fortner - City Planner, City of Newark Planning & Development

Michelle Schmidt - Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Jules Bruck - Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture, University of Delaware

RASCL Summit Lounge -  4:30-5:00pm

Join fellow summit attendees in our wonder.me room with opportunities to discuss what’s next for RASCL, learn more about us, and catch up with each other at happy hour! Attendees are encouraged to enjoy their favorite Delaware made refreshments while in the Lounge. All lounge attendees are eligible to receive a thank you gift.

View the program

*AICP and PE Professional development credits will be offered 

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

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​​​Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Summit?

View sponsorship opportunities here

The deadline to sponsor is December 1, 2021.

For more information, contact Kate Hutelmyer at khutelmyer@delawareestuary.org