EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study


Date: August 21, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

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.

A first of its kind in Massachusetts, the Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study was performed to better understand and prepare for climate change impacts to the proposed 161-acre Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Project and surrounding neighborhoods in Boston and Revere. Through innovative hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, the Study showed how the built environment affects the movement of floodwaters on and off the site by analyzing current and future climate conditions for rainfall, coastal flooding, and a combination of the two for various return periods and years. The Study was used to determine if the proposed project provided a resilient design, evaluate if proposed fill (to raise proposed structures above the future floodplain) resulted in displacement of floodwaters onto abutting properties, and provide mitigation as appropriate. The Study resulted in over $5M in mitigation and flood protection measures, including upgrading a pump station, protective berms, and tide gates.

Join us for this EBC webinar to learn how the Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study helped prepare for climate change impacts to the proposed 161-acre Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Project and surrounding neighborhoods in Boston and Revere.

Final Agenda – EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study


Program Chair:

  • Mark Costa, Associate, VHB


  • Mark Costa, Associate, VHB
  • Douglas Manz, Partner, Director of Development, The HYM Investment Group, LLC

Attendee List

Lauren Ballou VHB Senior Environmental Planner
Sam Bell GZA Senior Resiliency Planner
Patricio Belloy UMass Boston Doctoral Student
Eric Bender Bender editor
Esmeralda Bisono City of Salem, MA Sustainability & Resiliency Coordinator
Greg Boehner MBTA
Alice Brown Boston Harbor Now Chief of Planning and Policy
Chris Busch Boston Planning & Development Agency Senior Waterfront Planner
Joseph Cappellino VHB Senior Project Engineer
Katie Choe MBTA Chief of Capital Delivery
Sarah Creighton MA DCAMM Climate Strategist
Thomas D’Aguiar VHB Site/Civil Designer
Lauren DeVoe VHB, Inc. Principal/Sr. Environmental Planner
Tom Donald VHB
KIM DRISCOLL City of Salem Mayor
Dwight Dunk Epsilon Associates Principal
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi MWRA Director of Planning and Sustainability
Sarah Felton Commonwealth of MA Senior Program Manager
Jenny Fleming VHB Mid Atlantic Water Resources Director
Isabella Gambill A Better City Senior Policy Advisor on Climate, Energy, & Resilience
Kathryn Glenn Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management North Shore Regional Coordinator
Alycia Goody MA Department of Public Utilities Assistant General Counsel
Joseph Guyder MBTA
Rebecca Haney MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Geologist
Chelsea Hatch The Vertex Companies, Inc Environmental Engineer
Jeffrey Heidelberg Beals + Thomas Manager, Urban Development
Dawn Henning City of New Haven Assistant City Engineer
J.D. Hines VHB Associate
Mark Jackson VHB Project Manager
Trevor Johnson Arcadis Senior Resilience Planner
Irene Kang DCAMM Senior Project Manager
Melissa Kaplan BSC Group Manager of Ecological Sciences – CT
Cristina Kennedy MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Habitat & Water Quality Specialist
Julia Knisel MA CZM Coastal Shoreline & Floodplain Manager
Seth Lattrell City of Salem Port Authority Deputy
Paul Leofanti Charter Contracting Company, LLC Director, Estimating and Project Management
Hanna Lyons-Galante MBTA
Pallavi Mande Charles River Watershed Association Director of Watershed Resilience
Margot Mansfield MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Coastal Hazards & Climate Specialist
Dani Marini CMRPC Assistant Environmental Planner
Michael Martello MIT Graduate Research Assistant
Darya Mattes
Catherine McCandless VHB Environmental Planner
Carolyn Meklenburg Commonwealth of Massachusetts MVP Greater Boston Regional Coordinator
Brian Mellen MBTA
Mila Mendoza DCAMM Sr Project Manager
Heather Miller Charles River Watershed Association General Counsel and Policy Director
Altaf Mulla Massachusetts DCAMM Senior PM (Architect-Planner)
Marilyn Newman Mintz Levin Attorney
Heather OBrien 617harbor Community Planner
Joseph Pavao MBTA
Catherine Pedemonti Mystic River Watershed Association Project Manager
Leila Pike GEI Consultants, Inc. Water Resources Engineer
Quincy Pratt Sanborn Head & Associates Project Manager
Ryan Prime VHB Sustainability Service Leader
Margherita Pryor U.S. EPA Environmental Protection Specialist
Carley Przystac DER Ecological Restoration Engineer
Neville Reynolds VHB Senior Principal
Bud Ris Boston Green Ribbon Commission Senior Advisor
Gail Rosenberg Comm of MA / DCAMM Senior Project Manager, Planning
Canan Safar CV Properties SVP
Jake San Antonio VHB Managing Director, Env. Services
Nathan Sarapas TRC Staff Engineer
Sarah Saydun Office of City Councilor Michelle Wu Policy Fellow
Casey Shetterly Northeastern University Special Projects – Sustainability
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation commissioner
Frank Stone NEW ECOLOGY, INC. Project Manager
Zachary Stromer Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Yve Torrie A Better City Initiative Director of Climate, Energy & Resilience
Marissa Valentino
Rebecca Weidman MWRA Director, TRAC
Ellen Whittemore Commonwealth of Massachusetts Project Manager
Amy Winter DCAMM Project Manager
Julie Wormser Mystic River Watershed Association Deputy Director
Joanna Wozniak-Brown University of Connecticut Assistant Director of Resilience Planning
Chieh Yang Pasco County Planner

The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study completed on August 21, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series – Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study

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