Building Climate Resilience into Infrastructure


Date: November 22, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

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Building Climate Resilience into Infrastructure

November 22, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 12:45 pm

Adaptation to climate change has emerged as an essential and permanent topic for professional, academic, government and public discussion.

Civil engineers, architects, building owners, real estate investors, insurers, planners, environmental regulators, transportation providers, emergency responders, public health providers, and many others are grappling with how to incorporate the evident need for adaptation and resilience into much of what they do. Academia is also deepening its involvement with this most important and fascinating set of public policy issues.

The growing body of experience and expertise in adaptation is not widely appreciated either within or across the traditional silos that define professions, disciplines and practices. At the same time, there is no regular, ongoing opportunity for adaptation professionals from various fields to meet in Boston to cross-pollinate ideas and share solutions to common problems.

The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston have collaborated to establish a quarterly series of half-day Climate Adaptation Forums that will provide cutting-edge thought leadership on adaptation to climate change for environmental and energy professionals, policy makers, municipal officials, NGOs, and practitioners.

These quarterly forums will address everything from infrastructure and design solutions to communication challenges and barriers to implementation to policy solutions to the nexus of climate and equity. Local, national and global speakers will represent forward-thinking institutions, global firms, academia, government and other high level practitioners. Join the ever-growing group of professionals working to address the challenge of climate change adaptation and resiliency at the quarterly forums.

Upcoming Forum: Building Climate Resilience into Infrastructure

The undeniable reality of climate change has forced planners of infrastructure projects to design for increased temperatures, wind and water in the near future and farther on.  This forum presents speakers grappling with how to incorporate climate resilience into planning, financing and maintaining infrastructure systems.

Keynote Speaker Jesse Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  Professor Keenan has written, consulted and spoken widely on climate adaptation as it affects the built environment.  His remarks will frame the morning’s program by providing a compelling overview of the methodologies and criteria under development in the public and private sectors about how to evaluate public and private investments under the name of resiliency and adaptation.

As with past Forums, there will be sufficient of time for audience engagement during the moderated discussion with the speakers.

Forum Co-Chairs

  • Lauren Miller, Principal, Climate Change Services, CDM Smith
  • Aaron Weieneth, AICP, Manager of Climate Change and Resilience, AECOM 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., Faculty of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Speaker Agenda

Preparing Boston’s Water and Sewer Systems for Future Design Storms

  • John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Development of Statewide Climate Resilience Standards and Capital Planning Tools

  • Mia Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience
    Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Rebuilding Stream Crossing Infrastructure After Tropical Storm Irene

  • Rob Evans, CFM, Manager
    Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Rivers Program

Redesigning Communications Systems to Preserve Access

  • Greta Byrum, Co-Director
    Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School


November 22, 2019
8:15 am - 12:45 pm
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November 22, 2019
8:15 am - 12:45 pm
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