The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Village was one of two communities awarded this opportunity by TNC to engage in a community visioning process for reusing our open space parcels.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION SPECIALIST
Mike McCann, Ph.D. is a Climate Adaptation Specialist with The Nature Conservancy in New York. He was raised in the Hudson Valley and is currently based in Poughkeepsie. Mike was trained as an aquatic scientist with a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution from Stony Brook University. Mike joined The Nature Conservancy in 2016 and currently works on solutions to address flooding that can lead to better outcomes for people and nature across NY.
Team members are leaders in their fields who use creative approaches. As project lead, River Street Planning & Development from Troy, NY leads planning and engagement and will be the Envision Sidney's Resilient Riverfront strategy authors. PLACE Alliance NE of Amherst, MA will contribute to conceptual design and James Woidt of Streamworks in Scarborough, MA will craft climate change adaptation strategies. Dr. Nicholas Pinter, Professor at U.C. Davis, CA will build a peer-to-peer network to national and international communities. Reif Larsen, founder of The Future of Small Cities Institute in Troy, NY will help engage the community, encouraging storytelling around climate justice.
River Street Planning & Development
River Street focuses on consensus and capacity building, planning and land use, community and economic development and resilience. They have been the Village of Sidney's consulting planner since 2012. River Street creates accessible and equitable venues where all voices are heard and will assist the Village of Sidney as project manager and key facilitator for the project to Envision Sidney's Resilient Riverfront.
PLACE Alliance NE designs natural mitigation measures that contribute to the social, economic and cultural identify of the Village. They have acted as the lead designer for the Sidney GreenPlain project since 2021. PLACE will develop conceptual designs of projects envisioned during community workshops.