Lessons Learned: How We Adapt on the Road to Climate Adaptation

Details

Date: October 12, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Contact

Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

Venue

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.

Climate change adaptation is characterized by flexibility—our ability to adapt to an unprecedented crisis. Across geographies, scales, and focus areas, we’ve seen many successful examples of climate adaptation projects, many of which we’ve featured in our forums. But these successes would not have been possible without the ability to pivot in the face of obstacles. Learn from our expert panel as they reflect on the limitations and challenges they’ve encountered in a wide variety of climate change adaptation projects, and how those challenges can inform our next steps as a community of practice.

Forum Speakers

Robyn DeYoung
Lead of Green Infrastructure Program
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Hannah Lyons-Galante
Manager of Climate Change Resiliency
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Mia G. Mansfield
Assistant Secretary of Climate Resilience
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Oleander Stone
Deputy Director of Climate Equity and Environmental Justice
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Scott Struck
Principal Scientist/Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Forum Co-Chairs

Indrani Ghosh, PhD
Resiliency Senior Technical Leader
Weston & Sampson

Carolyn Norkiewicz
Regional Coordinator for Greater Boston, Municipal Vulnerability Program
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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

155 Seaport Blvd
Boston, 02210 United States

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