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EBC Climate Change Program Series: Part Five – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs in the Private Sector

When:
September 14, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where:
GZA
249 Vanderbilt Ave
Norwood, MA 02062
USA
Contact:
617-505-1818E-mail

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Join EBC’s fifth in a series of programs on Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency in the Private Sector. You will learn what large and small businesses are planning, designing and investing in to achieve lower carbon emissions. Business leaders will discuss how climate adaptation plans and actions are being implemented today to reduce future economic losses while increasing their resilience to more frequent and intense precipitation, rising sea levels, floods, droughts, and rising temperatures.

Learn what over 500 small businesses thought when confronted with their increased vulnerability to economic losses due to coastal flooding in the Greater Boston Area. Outreach results will be shared from an award-winning business outreach effort in the summer of 2016 by the Climate Action Business Association (CABA) on the impacts of sea level rise and use of CABA’s Small Business Resilience Guide. A diverse panel of local business leaders have been invited from A Better City, Bank of America, Boston Planning & Development Agency, FM Global, Goulston & Storrs, GZA, Manulife/John Hancock, Schneider Electric, and Tetra Tech to share their perspectives on the business case for investing in resilience and sustainability, emerging policies and practices in resiliency and business opportunities created by the need to address the impacts of climate change, including:

  • Climate Ready Boston recommendations for public-private partnerships,
  • Engaging private sector action through business associations and the Green Ribbon Commission,
  • Private investments in clean energy, energy efficiency and resilient electric power islands known as microgrids,
  • Voluntary resilient design and high-performance building practices encouraged by the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Revised Climate Change Checklist Policy expected to become effective in 2017, and
  • Voluntary flood hazard assessments undertaken during property transfers of commercial real estate and use of flood emergency response plans for enterprise risk management.

The schedule for the five EBC programs on Adaptation and Resilience:

February 10, 2017 – Part One – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at the State Level
March 7, 2017 – Part Two – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at the Municipal Level
April 14, 2017 – Part Three – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at the Federal Level
June 23, 2017 – Part Four – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions
September 14, 2017 – Part Five – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs in the Private Sector

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Daniel C. Stapleton, P.E., Senior Vice-President/Senior Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Ruth Silman, Managing Partner, Nixon & Peabody, LLP

Speaker Agenda:

Changes Coming for Developers from Boston Planning & Development Agency

  • Ruth Silman, Managing Partner, Nixon & Peabody, LLP – Link to Video

Katrina, Irene, Sandy, Harvey and… Uncertainty – Climate Science & Consulting Practice Changes for Planners and Design Professionals

  • Daniel C. Stapleton, P.E., Senior Vice-President/Senior Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Going Behind BARS – Small Business Awareness and Acting on Rising Seas in Coastal Massachusetts

  • Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association – Link to Video

Partnerships to Advance Climate Adaptation and City Resilience

  • Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, PLA, Vice President, Planning & Design, Tetra Tech – Link to Video

Commercial Real Estate Flood Vulnerability Assessments and Flood Emergency Response Plans

  • Patrick O’Toole, Technical Services, Director of US Corporate Real Estate, John Hancock Real Estate
  • Samuel J. Bell, Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist, GZA – Link to Video

Clippership Wharf, A Waterfront Residential Development by Lendlease in East Boston- Planning for Future Climate Conditions

  • Jamie Fay, AICP, CEP, President, Fort Point Associates – Link to Video

Montgomery County- Project Overview – Resilient Microgrid – Energy as a Service

  • David Reed, Clean Energy Executive, Schneider Electric – Link to Video

A panel discussion with the speakers will be moderated by Daniel C. Stapleton, P.E., Senior Vice-President/Senior Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Program Series Part Five: Adaptation and Resiliency Programs in the Private Sector

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website. Presentations are not available for download.