Law and Governance Meets Climate Adaptation


Date: September 28, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

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Law and Governance Meets Climate Adaptation

September 28, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am

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.

Upcoming Forum: Law and Governance Meets Climate Adaptation

Adapting legal and governance systems to address dramatic changes in climate trends pose significant challenges. The focus of this Climate Adaptation Forum is on the development of new rules, regulations, institutions, and forms of governance needed to respond to our changing climate.

This Forum will:

  • Provide examples of developing the political will to enact change;
  • Discuss impediments from existing regulatory programs designed to protect the existing conditions;
  • Present the findings of the Governance and Climate Adaptation Report prepared by UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab on governance;
  • And report on Resilient Rhody, the 2018 the Statewide Climate Resilience Action Strategy developed for the State of Rhode Island.

As with past Forums, there will be sufficient of time for audience engagement during the moderated discussion with the speakers.

Forum Chair

Ralph Child, Member
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Keynote Speaker

Representative Kristin Diane Jacobs
Florida House of Representatives

Speakers and Panelists

David W. Cash, Ph.D., Dean
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston

Janet Coit, Director
Department of Environmental Management
State of Rhode Island

Iram Farooq, AICP, LEED-AP, Assistant City Manager for Community Development
City of Cambridge, MA

Barbara Kessner Landau, Counsel
Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP

Stephanie Kruel, Senior Environmental Planner


September 28, 2018
7:15 am - 11:45 am


September 28, 2018
7:15 am - 11:45 am

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