Climate Adaptation at the Regional Scale: From Planning to Implementation


Date: March 15, 2024


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Foley Hoag LLP

155 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02110

The Climate Adaptation Forum is a collaboration between the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Flooding, sea level rise, storm surge, heat, and other climate change challenges cross-cut political boundaries. Facing a crisis without set boundaries, how can communities, agencies, and non-profit organizations plan for climate change at the regional scale? Join experts from across the country to learn about different regional approaches to building climate change resilience for people and nature. Speakers will explore the benefits and challenges of bringing communities together at the watershed, coastal, and other regional scales in order to move from planning through to action.

Forum Speakers

Violeta Duncan
Duncan Núñez Consulting, LLC

Stephanie Page – Presenting Virtually
Acting Director
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Jason Steiding
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Natural Resources Department

Julia Knisel
Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Kate Bednaz – Presenting Virtually
Restoration Coordinator
Berkshires Clean Cold Connected Partnership

Michael Jastremski – Presenting Virtually
Watershed Conservation Director
Housatonic Valley Association

Erik Reardon – Presenting Virtually
Berkshire Watershed Director
Housatonic Valley Association

Forum Co-Chairs

Mark Costa
Senior Water Resources Engineer

Melanie Gárate
Senior Associate
Consensus Building Institute

Beth Lambert
Director, Division of Ecological Restoration
Department of Fish and Game, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Carolyn Norkiewicz
Regional Coordinator for Greater Boston, Municipal Vulnerability Program
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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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