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EBC Climate Change Webinar Series: Part 2 – Investing in a Boston Harbor Coastal Resiliency Layered Defense System – Funding Options

April 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The comprehensive regional coastal resiliency infrastructure system that is necessary to prevent the existential inundation of the fifteen Boston Harbor municipalities that flood through Boston Harbor will cost billions of dollars regardless of whether it is a wholly land based system or a layered defense system consisting of a regional harbor-wide sea gate system to protect against storm surge and local municipal sea walls to protect against sea level rise.

In order to ensure the timely and cost-effective construction of a Boston Harbor regional coastal resiliency system that saves lives, protects property, and meets our social justice and environmental goals, state and local policy makers must consider all available finance options now and move expeditiously to have a regional “shovel worthy” plan that can optimize federal, state and local funding.

This EBC Climate Change webinar, co-hosted by the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Advisory Board, and the Suffolk University Real Estate Center, will focus on funding options for a regional Boston Harbor coastal resiliency system that would protect the fifteen cities and towns that flood throughout Boston Harbor.

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Final Agenda – Climate Change Webinar Series – Part Two – Funding Options

The webinar includes presentations on the current status of the trillion-dollar infrastructure funding proposals that are now being formulated by the Biden Administration and the United States Congress; existing FEMA, HUD, and other federal coastal infrastructure construction grant programs; the new US Army Corps of Engineers coastal infrastructure construction grant pilot program; current and proposed Massachusetts state coastal infrastructure construction grant programs; and innovative alternative funding options.

A robust discussion with the audience will conclude this webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Agenda Details

Program Chair:

  • Bill Golden, Project Coordinator, Boston Harbor Storm Surge Working Group

Speaker Agenda:


  • Richard Taylor, Director, Suffolk University Real Estate Center

A Boston Harbor Coastal Resiliency Layered Defense System: Funding “Shovel Worthy” Regional Coastal Infrastructure

  • Bill Golden, Project Coordinator, Boston Harbor Storm Surge Working Group

Keynote Presentation: The Two Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Funding Proposal and Expanding Options for Funding Coastal Resiliency Systems Throughout the United States

  • Senator Mary Landrieu, United States Senator, Louisiana  (1997-2015); Senior Policy Advisor Washington, D.C., Van Ness Feldman

The Role of a Regional Master Plan in Financing Coastal Resiliency Infrastructure

  • Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO, The Water Institute

Innovative Funding and Financing: The Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Pilot Project

  • Joel Paulsen, Executive Director, and
  • Martin Nicholson, Deputy Executive Director, Metro Flood Diversion Authority, Fargo, North Dakota

Coastal Infrastructure Funding Available through Current and Proposed Massachusetts State Programs

  • William Hinkley, Director, Grants Administration, Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Alternative Funding Options

  • Marvin Markus, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Moderated Discussion

Moderator: Daniel Moon, Executive Director & President, EBC


  • William B. Golden, Boston Harbor Storm Surge Working Group
  • William Hinkley, MA EOEEA
  • Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1997-2015
  • Marvin Markus, Goldman Sachs
  • Martin Nicholson, Metro Flood Diversion Authority, Fargo, ND
  • Joel Paulsen, Metro Flood Diversion Authority, Fargo, ND
  • John Shockley, General Counsel, FM Area Diversion Project

Thank you to our Program Partners

  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority – Advisory Board
  • Suffolk University Real Estate Center


Registration Details

Webinar: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through April 9 After April 9
EBC Member: $70 $90
Non-Member: $100 $120
Government/Non-Profit: $25 $25

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Please note that refunds are not available after April 13, 2021. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this webinar will close at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13.


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Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees who are currently unemployed.