Holly Elwell

2008 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2008
Graduate Degree:Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree:University of Vermont
Areas of interest:Environment
Mentor:Vivien Li, Executive Director, The Boston Harbor Association
Agency:Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA New England, Region 1
Supervisor:Mel Cote, Manager, Oceans and Coastal Protection Unit
Project description:As a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow, Holly was placed at the Environmental Protection Agency- Regional 1 (EPA). This is a federal environmental agency dedicated to the protection of human health and the environment. Her work at EPA focused on climate change and coastal water resources management. Specifically she was involved in planning and organizing the EPA Climate Change Forum which brought together federal, state, regional and local decision makers, area scientists and academics, and watershed and community based organizations from throughout New England to share data and information and identify key areas where additional tools and collaboration is needed. Additional information including speaker presentations can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/NE/climatechange/climateforum.html She was also involved in launching the Massachusetts Bays National Estuaries Program Climate Ready Estuaries Pilot Project. In this effort she identified actions for climate change adaptation that correlate with previously identified management goals. Her final project at EPA consisted of working with the Gulf of Maine Council Ecosystem Indicators Partnership to develop climate change indicators. She focused specifically on historic precipitation data and identified trends and anomalies. This information will be used by the Climate change Working Group to make recommendations for policy and management decisions. Information about ESIP is available at: http://www.gulfofmaine.org/esip/