Climate change changes everything. Environmental, economic, and social systems are both driving and responding to climate change. The third annual EBC New England Regional Climate Change and Resiliency Summit will provide cutting-edge and actionable insights into ways in which climate change is driving climate resilience work across New England, including the prospects for federal funding to support adaptation and mitigation projects, the key social and economic forces that can be expected to drive accelerated resiliency efforts, and some examples of regional and business-scale initiatives that exemplify response to climate change through adaptation and mitigation.
The Annual Summit will be divided into a morning and an afternoon session.Register for one session and receive a 15% discount code to use for the other session!
In the morning session, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will provide an up-to-the-minute report on efforts in the US Senate to secure funding to address climate resiliency, with a focus on topics of particular interest to New England. Next, U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH-1), a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has been invited to give an update on the House’s efforts to move a major infrastructure bill into law.
The next presenters will describe the latest in climate modeling tools, projected climate conditions and climate hazards, and how these “reasonably foreseeable” future conditions are changing the legal standards for the design and construction of new buildings and infrastructure as well as the renovation or replacement of existing structures.
Other experts will discuss how the insurance and finance industries are responding to the ever-improving modeling and science in terms of understanding and planning for climate risk, and how droughts and other climate impacts in other parts of the country and the world are starting to drive migration patterns that are already bringing new residents to New England.
The afternoon session will include two panels of experts on climate resilience efforts in New England. Speakers on the first panel are from nonprofit organizations that operate at a regional or watershed scale in both coastal and inland areas. They will share frontline observations on challenges and opportunities for projects that provide protections and benefits across multiple communities.
The second panel will focus on how businesses are addressing the imperatives for proactively adapting to climate change profitably, including in coordination with the communities in which they operate. The end of the day panel will bring together many of the presenters from the morning and afternoon sessions to reflect on what the future may hold for climate resilience efforts across the New England states.
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for both of these webinars (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.
Thomas Burack, Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
H. Curtis Spalding, Professor of the Practice, Brown University
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, State of Rhode Island
George Bradner, Property and Casualty Director, State of Connecticut Insurance Department
Patricia B. Gary, Of Counsel, Donovan Hatem LLP
Yulia Kalmykova, Ph.D., Program Director Climate Resiliency, TRC
Lindsay Ross, Director, Global Client Services, Four Twenty-Seven
Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director for Science Applications, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute; Deputy Manager, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center; Lecturer, M.S. in Sustainability Science, Columbia University
Additional speaker information to be announced shortly.
The available presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Webinar: RIDEM Compliance and Enforcement – Hot Topics in 2020 and What to Watch Out for in 2021 completed on July 22, 2021, can be viewed below.