There have been so many points in the last year or so that I thought it was time to fully push the Chesapeake Project into existence, yet life had other plans and wrenches into them. Starting a business is hard, starting what you hope to become a community nonprofit is even harder. Everyone always says to just take the first the first steps— well, here are our first post-college steps to create a regional think-tank, resources center, and educative body focused on sea level rise on the Chesapeake Bay.
1 - Case Studies
In 2023, The Chesapeake Project will be releasing quarterly case studies, highlighting a specific community and/or area on the Chesapeake Bay in relation to sea level rise. Whether that be communities lost to the Chesapeake decades ago, future threats to our current towns, or highlighting steps that others are already taking to prepare for the decades to come. Please feel free to message/email us a suggestion for these Case Studies!
2 - Collecting Visual Data
While a true data campaign is years beyond our reach, we are currently building up our website to serve as a visual database. Whether it is tracking hurricane storm surges, erosion, or irresponsible development in critical areas, we believe that this database will become a vital tool in the project’s education goals. People understand what six feet of sea level rise means to their area when they see a photo of Hurricane Isabel. While that is a simple example of the what this database can help with, you get the point…
3 - Reworking and Continuing A Resilient South County
While it may have been two years since graduation, my thesis remains a far cry from what it can and should be. Over the coming year, it is my hope to return to it and further develop it — just this time, it will not be restricted by the bounds of a university or an architectural education. I still firmly believe that my local area is an important bellwether for the region. It will be among the first to witness the adverse effects of sea level rise, which if we can adapt to, will create a leading example for communities across the Bay.
4 - Finish thechesapeakeproject.org
We do not even have a finished website yet... YIKES! That's high up on the list here.
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