Teresa Crean Biography
Teresa Crean is a community planner and coastal management extension specialist with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC). Crean joined Sea Grant/CRC in 2008 and is currently facilitating municipal-scale projects in Rhode Island that address coastal adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. This work involves evaluating the results of mapping exercises to clearly communicate challenges and opportunities to municipal stakeholders while collaboratively considering policies and projects that may increase resiliency in the face of potential impacts from coastal hazards and storm events. She has also served on project teams focused on renewable energy planning, marine spatial planning, and coastal community planning addressing public access and working waterfront issues. All work employs a research and planning process that integrates the best available science with open input and involvement from a broad range of stakeholders, decision-makers, and the public. Prior to joining Sea Grant/CRC, Crean worked for non-profit regional planning commissions and in the private sector for planning/design firms. She earned a master of landscape architecture from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, a B.S. in environmental policy/natural resource management from the University of Michigan and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.