Creating Pathways into Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Training Future Leaders


Date: April 14, 2023


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center

75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

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

The climate resilience field is rapidly growing. As climate disasters increase and climate risks become more and more obvious, the need for adaptation professionals continues to increase. Who is training the next generation of climate resilience leaders? How can we ensure that these jobs are going to a diverse group of people? And what are the skills necessary to be able to meet challenges we don’t yet know we will face? Join the Climate Adaptation Forum to hear about best practices nationally and local efforts to train climate adaptation professionals in a wide range of fields.

Forum Co-Chairs

Rebecca Herst, Director
Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Gabriela Boscio Santos,Associate Director
Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Keynote Speaker

Shalaya Morissette, Chief of Minority Business and Workforce Division
Office of Economic Impact & Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Forum Speakers

Kerry Bowie, Executive Director
Browning the Green Space, Inc

Matt Holzer, Head of School
Boston Green Academy

Rachel Jacobson, Acting Director
American Society of Adaptation Professionals virtual speaker

Davo Jefferson, Executive Director
PowerCorps Boston

Alan Wiig, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Community Development
University of Massachusetts Boston

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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