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Changing Climate, Changing Health
September 20, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am EDT
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: Changing Climate, Changing Health
The public health field is rapidly shifting to incorporate the new realities of climate impacts. From extreme heat waves to the growing prevalence of diseases, issues with water quality, trauma from storms and allergy and asthma triggers, there are many challenges to address. While we are all vulnerable to this changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks.
Keynote Speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and Director of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) will explore some of the key issues and then panelists will dive into what is happening on the ground to address heat, asthma, mental health and how the built environment can support resilient wellness.
Join us for this EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum to learn about how climate change is impacting public health.
As with past Forums, there will be sufficient of time for audience engagement during the moderated discussion with the speakers.
- Gabriela Boscio Santos, Sustainability Engagement Manager, Boston University
- Deanna Moran, Director, Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation
- Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer, Energy and Zero Waste Campaigns, Clean Water Action
- Gina McCarthy, Professor, Practice of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment
- Thomas Chase, Project Manager, New Ecology, Inc.
- Dr. Adrienne L. Hollis, Lead Climate Justice Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Dr. Jean Rhodes, Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Nancy Smith, Program Manager for Community Engagement, Office of Public Health Preparedness at Boston Public Health Commission