Lisa Schiavinato serves as North Carolina Sea Grant's coastal law, policy and community development specialist.
Schiavinato develops partnerships with federal, state and local agencies to address North Carolina's coastal and ocean policy issues. Her recent projects have analyzed North Carolina's coastal wind energy potential, recommended ocean management strategies and recommended strategies for managing the state’s estuarine shoreline.
Active in the coastal policy community, she is co-director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, an inter-institutional organization that coordinates and applies the legal, planning and policy expertise of the University of North Carolina System and Sea Grant to the state's coastal issues. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law and adjunct professor at East Carolina University. Schiavinato is the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Conservation Achievement Award for Natural Resources Scientist of the Year.
Schiavinato holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree and a certificate in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including the North Carolina Law Review and the journal Coastal Management, and she has written and spoken extensively about legal issues surrounding land use planning, waterfront access, energy development, water resources and natural disaster response and rebuilding.
Schiavinato is a past-president of The Coastal Society, an organization of private sector, academic, and government professionals and students that address emerging coastal issues. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association and the Center for Natural Resources Economics & Policy at Louisiana State University.
Coastal Law Center: www.nccoastallaw.org
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