EBC Climate Change Program: The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Future


Date: February 26, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

This EBC Climate Change program explores the design and liability issues associated with designing resilient systems that are able to withstand increased demands due to climate change impacts. Traditionally, design professionals rely on historical data to design systems that have a 50 to 100 year timeframe. Due to the impacts of climate change, historical data may not be the appropriate basis of design for future systems. This EBC program will explore the dilemma that design professionals have in designing systems with uncertain design parameters. It will also explore the potential exposures and liabilities associated with designing for an uncertain future.

Ample time is provided for discussion with program speakers during the moderated panel discussion.

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.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Program – The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Future


Program Chair:

  • Scott Turner, Director of Planning, Nitsch Engineering

Speaker Agenda:

Legal Liability for Failing to Adapt

  • Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts

Responding to Potential Climate Change Liability

  • Barbara Landau, Counsel, Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP

Designing Stormwater Systems for Higher Intensity Rainfall Events

  • Sandy Brock, Chief Engineer, Nitsch Engineering

Designing for Sustainability and Resiliency on the Mystic River – Encore Boston Harbor

  • Chad Cox, Civil Engineer & Senior Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Climate Design Challenges & Opportunities: An Architectural Perspective

  • Ellen Watts, President & Co-Founder, Architerra, Inc.

Attendee List

Neil Angus Devens Enterprise Commission Environmental Planner
Jill Baumbach VHB
Anders Bjarngard GZA Principal
Joe Dorant Mass Organization of State Engineers and Scientists President
Jessica Early
Julie Eaton Weston & Sampson Lead Resilience Engineer
Lawrence Feldman GZA Senior Principal
Paul Fennelly
Adam Gutta Brown and Caldwell Engineer
Betsy Isenstein Commonwealth of MA, DCAMM Director, Energy & Sustainability
Anthony Julian Haley & Aldrich Senior Engineer
Alicia Kauffman Jacobs Coastal Engineer
Lisa Kumpf Charles River Watershed Association Aquatic Scientist
Eric Las Beals and Thomas, Inc Principal
Michael Logar HDR Engineering, Inc. Port & Coastal Engineer, EIT
Clio Macrakis Living Classrooms Educational Coordinator
Karen Rave Universidad de Medellin Environmental Engineer
Peter Richardson Green International Affiliates, Inc.
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation Commission
Francis Stone 1980 Graduate Student in Sustainability
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
Dianne Velardocchia CDM Smith Environmental Engineer
Krystal Williams Pierce Atwood LLP Associate
Julie Wormser Mystic River Watershed Association Deputy Director

The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Program – The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Future completed on February 26, 2019, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Climate Change Program – The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Future

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