EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency – The Moakley Park Project


Date: June 26, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

EBC is excited to present this series of webinars featuring projects and organizations leading the way in climate change adaptation and mitigation in New England. Featuring the nominated projects for the 2020 EBC Annual EBEE Awards Program, this series will focus on the forward-thinking and innovative projects being planned and implemented throughout New England.

Moakley Park, a 60-acre park in South Boston, floods regularly. Coupled with the fact that this, Boston’s largest waterfront park, sits at a critical breach point for South Boston and with a projected 21-36” in sea level rise, the park becomes a major flood pathway inundating adjacent neighborhoods. With this reality in mind, Boston Parks & Recreation and the Department of the Environment, Energy, and Open Space initiated this project not only to address critical climate resiliency issues, but to turn Moakley Park into an exemplary 21st century open space with a focus on equity, diversity, community and enviable recreational amenities. The project team has completed the vision plan and is in the concept design stage, ultimately working to transform Moakley Park into a model for Boston (and similar cities) and to expand thinking on how conventional park models can become multi-functional open spaces, all while addressing climate change needs.

Join us for this EBC webinar to learn the innovate climate resilience developments for the Moakley Park in the City of Boston.

Final Agenda – EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series – Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency – The Moakley Park Project


Program Chair:

  • Julie Eaton Ernst, P.E., Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson


  • Allison Perlman, Project Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation Department
  • Cheri Ruane, Vice President, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader, Weston & Sampson
  • Amy Whitesides, Director, Stoss

Attendee List

Cassandra Albrecht Weston & Sampson Engineer I
Caroline Armstrong BETA Group, Inc. Engineering Designer
Magdalena Ayed The Harborkeepers Executive Director
John Balfe Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Manager
Gretchen Carey Republic Services Recycling and Organics Coordinator
Thomas Chase New Ecology, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Lauren Coles Weston & Sampson Project Engineer
Winn Costantini Mystic River Watershed Association Climate Resilience Fellow
Michael Davis Boston Water and Sewer Commission Design Engineer
Peter DeBruin Massachusetts Port Authority Climate Mitigation & Resiliency Manager
Michael Easler Weston & Sampson Senior Project Landscape Architect
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi MWRA Director of Planning and Sustainability
Elizabeth Faxon Town of Townsend Planning Board and ZBA Administrator
Ken Fields Tetra Tech Project Manager
Melanie Garate Mystic River Watershed Association Climate Resiliency Project Manager
David Hewett Epsilon Associates Principal
Todd Isherwood Mass Maritime Outreach Specialist/Energy Manager
Eliza Jobin-Davis Weston & Sampson Engineer
Melissa Kaplan BSC Group Manager of Ecological Sciences – CT
Alicia Kauffman Jacobs Coastal Engineer
Stella Keck Roux Associates Staff Scientist
Cristina Kennedy MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist
Hillary King Commonwealth of Massachusetts MVP Program Central Regional Coordinator
Sally Kramer Kleinfelder Staff Professional I
Lisa Kumpf Charles River Watershed Association Aquatic Scientist
Jeanne Lukenda Weston & Sampson, Boston Design Studio Landscape Architect
Kelly Main MIT Research Associate
Pallavi Mande Charles River Watershed Association Director of Watershed Resilience
Margot Mansfield MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Coastal Hazards & Climate Specialist
Kevin McKenna MWRA Project Manager, TRAC
Irene McSweeney Boston Water and Sewer Commission Boston Water and Sewer Commission
Carolyn Meklenburg Commonwealth of Massachusetts MVP Greater Boston Regional Coordinator
Talya Moked Epsilon Associates, Inc. Senior Planner
Hillary Monahan MWRA Environmental Planner
Dave Moyer National Grid Distributed Generation – Account Manager
Allison Novelly Urban Harbors Institute, UMass Boston Research Analyst
Brendan O’Brien Boston Water and Sewer Commission Project Director of Asset Management
Michael Orbank Commodore Builders Assistant Project Manager/ Sustainability Fellow
Bruna Paranhos Jacobs Civil Engineer
Karen Rave Boston Water & Sewer Commission Field Service Engineer
Chuck Raymond Weston & Sampson Marketing
Anthony Rose Umass Grad student
Cindy Schlessinger Epsilon Associates, Inc. Principal
Frank Stone New Ecology, Inc. Project Manager
Zachary Stromer Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Paul Sutton TRC VP Business Development
Yve Torrie A Better City Initiative Director of Climate, Energy & Resilience
Marissa Valentino BSC Group, Inc.
Andrew Vitvitsky MIT Climate CoLab Research Associate
Sheila Warren USACE New England District Silver Jackets Coordinator
Rebecca Weidman MWRA Director, TRAC

The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency – The Moakley Park Project completed on June 26, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series – Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency – The Moakley Park Project

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