Greening Up Coastal Resilience with Shannon Cunniff | Shorewords!

November 18, 2021

Welcoming back a coastal legend to ASPN!

On this episode of Shorewords!, join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Shannon Cunniff, past Director of Coastal Resilience with Environmental Defense Fund, geographer and director of ASPBA, as she discusses her experience with and hopes for “getting people to partner with plants”.  The discussion ranges from options for living shorelines and sustainable coastal communities, and ways to fund these efforts, to her efforts to work with or learn from other people who are also talking about ways to engage community members in planning for resilience coastal communities.

Show Transcription
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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.