Gloria Putnam, Coastal Resources and Communities Specialist
In her role as coastal resources and communities specialist, Gloria Putnam helps helps communities and local governments understand and incorporate water quality and resource protection into their land use and development strategies.
Putnam is a lead organizer for a one-day conference for local officials about water quality planning titled, Leadership Training: Coastal Growth Strategies. She has worked with Currituck County to develop and implement a Going Green Initiative, and with the Town of Plymouth to prepare for increased flood risks. She has also co-authored a number of publications, including the Trees and Plants fact sheets of the Sustainability Series and Addressing Microbial Pollution in Coastal Waters – A Reference for Local Governments.
Prior to joining Sea Grant in 2007, Putnam worked for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Quality as a nonpoint source program coordinator and a state environmental policy act coordinator. She earned a master's in environmental management and policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University.
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