Emerging Governance Structures for Climate Resilience


Date: June 2, 2023


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center

155 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02110

The Climate Adaptation Forum is a collaboration between the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

State and local governments across the country are grappling with turning climate adaptation plans into action. These plans often involve expensive and large scale capital projects on both public and private property. This undertaking requires innovative thinking on governance from creating new county and statewide resilience authorities to empowering existing local boards and commissions. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum to hear how communities across the country are approaching this challenge and emerging models for governance and implementation.

Forum Co-Chairs

Kathleen M. Brill, Partner
Foley Hoag LLP

Deanna Moran, Vice President for Healthy & Resilient Communities
Conservation Law Foundation

Keynote Speaker

Sarah K. Elfreth, Senator
Maryland, District 30, Anne Arundel County

Forum Speakers

Louanne Cooley, Legal Research Fellow
Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)

Devin Quirk, Deputy Chief for Development and Transformation
Boston Planning & Development Agency

Mark Rupp, Adaptation Program Director
Georgetown Climate Center (GCC)

Suzanne Smith, Executive Director
Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Agency

Forum Moderator

Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University

Adaptation to climate change has emerged as an essential and permanent topic for professional, academic, government and public discussion.

Civil engineers, architects, building owners, real estate investors, insurers, planners, environmental regulators, transportation providers, emergency responders, public health providers, and many others are grappling with how to incorporate the evident need for adaptation and resilience into much of what they do. Academia is also deepening its involvement with this most important and fascinating set of public policy issues.

The growing body of experience and expertise in adaptation is not widely appreciated either within or across the traditional silos that define professions, disciplines and practices. At the same time, there is no regular, ongoing opportunity for adaptation professionals from various fields to meet in Boston to cross-pollinate ideas and share solutions to common problems.

The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston have collaborated to establish a quarterly series of half-day Climate Adaptation Forums that will provide cutting-edge thought leadership on adaptation to climate change for environmental and energy professionals, policy makers, municipal officials, NGOs, and practitioners.

These quarterly forums will address everything from infrastructure and design solutions to communication challenges and barriers to implementation to policy solutions to the nexus of climate and equity. Local, national and global speakers will represent forward-thinking institutions, global firms, academia, government and other high level practitioners. Join the ever-growing group of professionals working to address the challenge of climate change adaptation and resiliency at the quarterly forums.

More about the Forum here: https://climateadaptationforum.org/

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center

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Boston, 02210 United States

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