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Building Resilience: Linking Covid-19 and Climate Change

June 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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.

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Upcoming Forum: Building Resilience: Covid-19 and Climate Change


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The Covid-19 pandemic is disrupting life unlike anything most of us have seen. While there is little evidence that the pandemic is spreading more quickly because of climate change there are clear parallels between the two crises. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a conversation on resilience and the connections between Covid-19 and climate change. Speakers will explore how our responses can make us more resilient to future threats, what climate resilience looks like in this new reality, and highlight success stories. Juliette Kayyem, national leader in homeland security and disaster response, will speak about the crisis on the national scale and local public health leaders will share their experience on the ground.

Join the Environmental Business Council, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) for this exciting virtual event.

Forum Co-Chairs

  • Nasser Brahim, Forum Steering Committee Member; Senior Planner, Climate Change Team, Kleinfelder
  • Terry Greene, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, U.S., John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
  • Gabriela Boscio Santos, Forum Steering Committee Member; Sustainability Engagement Manager, Boston University

Keynote Dialogue with Health and Disaster Response Leaders:

Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Juliette Kayyem

Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School
Faculty Director, Homeland Security Project, Harvard University
Faculty Affiliate, Middle East Initiative, Harvard University