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Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation

April 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

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


The third installment in the quarterly Climate Adaptation Forum, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on the challenge of financing climate change adaptation projects.

Building on the work of Climate Ready Boston, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston will be releasing a report this spring focused on financing climate adaptation. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the options for financing climate adaptation in Boston and cutting edge financing models around the country. Speakers from regional and global financial advisory, investment and insurance firms will address specific examples of innovative financing solutions for climate change adaptation projects. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with ample time for audience Q&A.

Financing is one of the major challenges facing climate change adaptation initiatives. This Forum attempts to address the challenges and provide innovative solutions that current and future projects can use to continue the push for adaptation to climate change.

The 2017/2018 Climate Adaptation Forum Schedule is as follows:

  • November 17, 2017 – Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs – Find Out More
  • January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices – Find Out More
  • April 13, 2018 – Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation – Find Out More
  • June 8, 2018 – Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

Planning for the 2018/2019 Climate Adaptation Forum is already underway – save the date:

  • September 28, 2018
  • November 30, 2018


Welcome: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.

Program Introduction & Overview: Rebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Overview of Financing Climate Adaptation: Lisa Dickson, Steering Committee Member, Climate Adaptation Forum; Associate Principal, Resilience Leader, Arup

Overview of University of Massachusetts Boston Report on Financing Resiliency

David Levy, Professor and Academic Co-Director
Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Innovative Climate Adaptation Financing

Samantha Medlock, Senior Vice President
Head of North America Capital, Science and Policy
Willis Towers Watson

Stacy Swann, CEO
Climate Finance Advisors, LLC

John Markowitz, Director of Treasury Services
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Panel Discussion

The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion. There will be adequate time for audience participation.

Attendee List

Nicholas Alexander Furman Gregory Deptula, LLC Attorney
Mark Barnett Foley Hoag LLP Partner
Maeve Bartlett AECOM
Kathleen Baskin Weston & Sampson Senior Project Manager
Patrick Bassett Sasaki Chief Business Officer
Kelley Begin Woodard & Curran Principal
Sam Bell GZA Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist
Glen Berkowitz A Better City Project Manager
Gabriela Boscio NOAH (Neighborhood of Affordable Housing) Climate Program Manager
Alison Bowden The Nature Conservancy Director, Rivers Coasts & Oceans
Kate Bowditch CRWA Director of Stewardship
Patricia Bowie MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resilience Specialist
Andrea Braga Geosyntec Consultants Principal
Nasser Brahim Kleinfelder Senior Climiate Change Planner
Thomas Bryan CLF Ventures Senior Fellow
Katherine Buckingham FEMA Preparedness Analysis Planning Specialist
Ramon Bueno Somerville Commission Energy Use & Climate Change , Commissioner
Samantha Burke Ceres Program Strategy & Evaluation Associate
Julianne Busa Fuss & O’Neill Environmental Scientist
Chris Busch Boston Planning & Development Agency Senior Waterfront Planner
Lisa Capone Slowey/McManus Communications Managing Director
Julia Carlton MacKay Sasaki Planner/Project Manager
Nate Cheal Tetra Tech Senior Project Manager
Ralph Child Mintz Member
John Cleveland Innovation Network for Communities Executive Director
wayne Cobleigh GZA VP Client Services
Janna Cohen-Rosenthal Second Nature Director of Climate Programs
Edward Connelly New Ecology Presidnet
Katharine Costantini Ceres Associate, Investor Network
Pam DiBona MassBays National Estuary Program Executive Director
Kerrie Diers Normandeau Associates, Inc. Director of Planning & Communication
Kieran Donaghy Cornell University Professor
Joe Dorant Mass Organization of State Engineers and Scientists President
Kevin Doyle Economic Advancement Research Institute Senior Consultant
Carolyn duPont Quantified Ventures Director, Environmental FInance
Brian Dutra Pare Corporation
Julie Eaton Weston & Sampson Lead Resiliency Engineer
Joe Famely Woods Hole Group Environmental Scientist
paul fennelly EBC NA
Marina Fernandes Tighe & Bond Project Manager
Robert Fishman Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Partner
Bob FitzPatrick Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Director of Government Affiars
Jeff Foss Independent Fundraising Consultant Consultant
Maryellen Frawley ERM Global Director, Client Service Innovation
Patricia Gary Donovan Hatem, LLP Of Counsel
Indrani Ghosh Kleinfelder Climate Change Technical Lead
Phil Giffee NOAH Exec Dir
Ashley Green City of Salem Staff Planner
Roger Grenier AIR Worldwide SVP, Global Resilience
Mary Griffin Mass Audubon Regional Director
Nanxi Gu Eversource
Lisa Halpert Tufts University Director, Financial Planning
Erin Healy CH2M/Jacobs Sr. Manager
Richard Henderson Massdevelopment Finance Agency, Inc. EVP – Real Estate Dept.
Patrick Herron Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director
Ryan Heslin Ceres Associate, Climate & Energy
Kari Hewitt VHB Director of Sustainability
Jenny Hook Aon Risk Services Regional Director
Jill Horwood Boston Harbor Now Director of Policy
Kelly Huffman Poseidon Water General Counsel
Betsy Isenstein Commonwealth of Massachusetts DCAMM Director, Energy & Sustainability
Derrick Jackson Union of Concerned Scientists Fellow
Rani Jacobson Office of City Counselor At-Large Michelle Wu Legislative Aide & Neighborhood Liaison
Rachel Jacobson American Society of Adaptation Professionals Senior Program Manager
Marloes Jongewaard Holland Innovation Network innovation officer
Aladdine Joroff Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic Staff Attorney and Lecturer
Anthony Julian Haley & Aldrich Senior Engineer
Isabel Kaubisch Clarendon Hill Consulting Principal
Kristin Kelleher The Climate Action Business Association Programs Director
paul Kirshen University of Massachusetts Boston Professor
Kelly Knee RPS ASA Technical Director
Pamela Kocher Boston Municipal Research Bureau Vice President
Shawn Konary NRG Senior Director
James Kostaras Institute for International Urban Development Senior Fellow
Douglas Kowalewski Worcester State University Professor
Stephanie Kruel VHB Senior Environmental Planner
Barbara Landau Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP Counsel
Peter Langer UMass Boston
Amy Longsworth Boston Green RIbbon Commission Director
steve loren UMB Researcher
Ann Lowery MassDEP Asst Comm.
Rebecca Mailman
Jeffrey Malloy BSC Group Senior Resilience Planner
Mia Mansfield City of Boston Climate Ready Boston Program Manager
Maxwell Martin UMB Student
Douglas McGarrah Foley Hoag LLP Partner
James McGregor independent climate activist
Colin McNiece Mintz Levin Of Counsel
Lisa McStay RPS ASA Ocean Engineer
David Meshoulam Speak for the Trees Executive Director
Lauren Miller CDM Smith Project Manager and Environmental Scientist
Samuel Moffett TRC Senior Principal
Deanna Moran Conservation Law Foundation Director of Environmental Planning
Ryan Mulcahey Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Senior Program Analyst
Dalia Munenzon One Architecture & Urbanism Associate
Nadya Nilina
Tom O’Shea The Trustees Director of Coast and Natural Resources
Matt Page Mintz Levin Public Finance Attorney
Alisha Pegan City of Boston Environment, Energy, and Open Space Department Climate Ready Boston Coordinator
Lara Pfadt Finegold Alexander Architects Architect
Darrin Punchard Punchard Consulting Principal
Daniel Raizman AIR Worldwide Senior Risk Consultant, Global Resilience
Bill Ravanesi Health Care Without Harm Sr Director E energy Program
Marybeth Riley-Gilbert Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Climate Change Resiliency Specialist
Eric Roberts The Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Specialist
Maia Rodriguez-Semp Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Steven Roy Weston and Sampson Senior Technical Leader
Jake San Antonio VHB Managing Director, Env. Services
Nicole Sanches Metropolitan Area Planning Council Clean Energy Coordinator
Mason Sandell Charter Contracting Principal
Heather Scranton Haley & Aldrich, Inc. Program Manager
Betsy Shreve-Gibb AECOM
Sasha Shyduroff Meister Consultants Group, A Cadmus Company Senior Analyst
Emily Sidla The Barr Foundation Program Associate, Climate
Ruth Silman Nixon Peabody LLP Partner
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation commissioner
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation commissioner
Emily Skeehan RPS Group Inc. Project Manager
Mike Stanley Transit X CEO
Jen Stevenson Climable.org Director of Research & Operations
Chris Stockwell SumCo Eco-Contracting Chief of Project Development
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
David Theodore Climate Resilient Internet CEO
Kannan Thiruvengadam Eastie Farm Director
Thomas Tilas AECOM Vice President
Yve Torrie A Better City Director of Sustainability Programs
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Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning
Jill Valdes Horwood Boston Harbor Now Director of Policy
Stacy VanDeveer UMass Boston Professor
Kimberly Vermeer Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc. President
Ellen Watts Architerra President
Tianqi Wei Eversource Energy
Aaron Weieneth AECOM Project Manager
Richard Wenning Ramboll Principal
Payson Whitney ESS Group, Inc. Vice President/COO
Angela Wong MIT Graduate Student
Julie Wormser North Cambridge Consulting Principal
Kathryn Wright Meister Consultants Group
Savannah Wu Boston University / Metropolitan Area Planning Council Architectural Studies Student / Clean Energy Intern
David Young CDM Smith Vice President


April 13, 2018
7:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Event Category:


Environmental Business Council of New England
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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(617) 505-1818
View Venue Website


April 13, 2018
7:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Event Category:


Environmental Business Council of New England
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
+ Google Map
(617) 505-1818
View Venue Website