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Save the Date: Chemical Safety & Climate Change Preparedness Meeting

Posted November 16, 2018 by

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


West Barnstable Community Building
2377 Meetinghouse Way
West Barnstable, MA

Join the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to learn more about resources that municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses can use to address hazardous chemical vulnerabilities, increase climate change preparedness, and protect public safety.

Workshop is free! Light refreshments will be served.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) can receive 2 CEUs from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM)
  • Health Agents can receive 2 CEUs from BC County Health


  • Tiffany Skogstrom, Office of Technical Assistance
  • Rick Ferreira, Taunton Emergency Managemeny Agency (TEMA)
  • Shannon Jarbeau, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Woods Hole Sea Grant

To RVSP please call the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension at (508) 375-6690, or visit their website: http://www.capecodextension.org.


Save the Date: “Adapting to Severe Climate Change: Boston and Massachusetts as a Possible Model”

Posted November 16, 2018 by

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.

Webinar Location: 
Room 134, Morrill Science Center II, UMass Amherst

Hosted by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) with Keynote Speaker David Cash. More information to be found here.

Scientific evidence is pointing to more intense and sooner climate impacts than had previously been thought. How will coastal cities deal with more powerful storms, sea level rise and widespread flooding?  The Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston has produced three guidance documents for city planners, communities, and regulators to navigate tools and recommendations to help make Boston “climate ready.”  David Cash at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston will introduce viewers to these resources and discuss the application of adaptation strategies for coastal urban areas.  The three reports are:

•    “Feasibility of Harbor-wide Barrier Systems: Preliminary Analysis for Boston Harbor”
•    “Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks”
•    “Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston’s Built Environment for Increased Flooding”

David W. Cash is the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and a founding Dean of the Sustainable Solutions Lab. From 2004-2015, he worked in senior positions in Massachusetts state government in catalytic roles, helping to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape. His job history includes being a commissioner at both the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Utilities, and Undersecretary of Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In these roles, he helped develop and implement nation-leading science-based environmental, climate, and clean energy programs; innovative renewable energy and grid modernization efforts; and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative–the nation’s first CO2 cap-and-trade program. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in environment and natural resources. He also completed an MAT in science education from Lewis & Clark College and a BS in biology from Yale.

For more information, please follow this link.


Save the Date(s): RIDOT Linear Stormwater Manual Workshop

Posted October 23, 2018 by

The RIDOT Office of Stormwater Management will be holding a workshop November 14th and 15th  from 8-12 to inform you of important features in the RIDOT Linear Stormwater Manual and gather comments on the new RIDOT Linear Stormwater Manual.   We have scheduled 2 identical workshops so that we can keep the groups smaller and give you options for a more convenient date.  You only need to attend one of the workshops. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think might need it, this is an open workshop.

Register here!

The Linear Stormwater Manual will be available in Draft form on the RIDOT Website at least 2 weeks before the Workshop.  (location and links to the draft manual are forthcoming)

The basics of the agenda is as follows:

8am – Light Breakfast and Coffee – Sponsored by Fuss & O’Neill

  • Remarks by Brian Moore, PE – Administrator for the Office of Stormwater, RIDOT
  • Remarks by Eric Beck, PE – Chief of Groundwater and Wetlands Protection, RIDEM
  • General Overview of the Manual
  • How RIDOT will Use the Manual
  • How other agencies can use the manual
  • Common obstacles to implementing Stormwater and ways the Manual addresses these issues
  • Overview of Tools of the Manual (Templates and Worksheets)
  • Opportunity for Questions and Comments
  • Rollout Plan
  • 12pm- Adjourn

Check out the NEW Stormwater Construction webpage: www.dem.ri.gov/stormwaterconstruction


Save the Date: October 24 – SWEP MA’s “From Geek to Plain Speak: How to Tell Your Science Story”

Posted October 19, 2018 by

From Geek to Plain Speak: How to Tell Your Science Story

This is a great short course to be presented by Tinker Ready, a multimedia journalist. You can find her work in NEO.LIFE, The Boston Globe, Undark, Medscape, Nature Boston, Washington Post, Esquire, and others. Ready teaches at the Boston University College of Communication and Northeastern University School of Journalism.

Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.
180 Wells Avenue, Suite 200, Newton, MA

Cost: $45 SWEP Members, $65 Non Members

EBC Members receive the SWEP Member discount!

A light dinner will be included. Register here.


Save the Date: October 23 – MASSRECYCLE’s 4th Annual Celebration & Fundraiser

Posted October 15, 2018 by

Join MASSRECYCLE to celebrate our successes in 2018, to network and to commiserate on getting through a very challenging year. Get up close and personal with the sharks and rays of the New England Aquarium. Learn about the impact of plastic waste in the aquatic ecosystem and how proper recycling can help! Ensure the success of this celebration and our continued success in 2019!

Date & Time
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New England Aquarium, West Gallery
1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For more information and to register, please follow this link.