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Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by Government and Insurers

January 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

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

The Second Climate Adaptation Forum, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, will focus on climate change adaptation strategies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a discussion of the insurance industry’s approach to climate change risk management.

Models of future climate change are the drivers for international and local efforts to adapt to sea level rise and extreme weather, including excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and droughts. The first part of this Forum will address the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ climate change adaptation strategy, including speakers from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the University of Massachusetts system.

In addition, this Forum will include a presentation from FM Global, one of the leading insurance companies that is addressing climate change issues. Brion Callori, Senior Vice President at FM Global, will discuss how the company makes the necessary risk management decisions to advise and implement resiliency and adaptation measures in the public and private sectors.

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

Final Agenda – Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by Government and Insurers



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

Welcome: Marty Meehan, President, University of Massachusetts

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

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Report from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Matthew Beaton, Secretary
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Click to View the Presentation – Theoharides – January 12 2018

Resilience in Massachusetts Emergency Management

Thad J. Leugemors, PMP, Mitigation and Recovery Section Chief
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Click to View the Presentation – Leugemors – January 12 2018

Moving from Science to Action: UMass’ role in MA Climate Adaptation Efforts

Richard Palmer, Ph.D., University Director
Northeast Climate Science Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Click to View the Presentation – Palmer – January 12 2018

Modeling the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Coastal Flooding Along the Massachusetts Coastline: The good, the bad, and the wicked difficult

Ellen Douglas, P.E., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology
School for the Environment
University of Massachusetts Boston

Click to View the Presentation – Douglas – January 12 2018

Natural Hazards Resiliency – An Insurer’s Perspective

Brion Callori, Senior Vice President
Engineering and Research
FM Global

Click to View the Presentation – Callori – January 12 2018

Panel Discussion – Moderator:

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

Attendee List

Katherine Adam Denterlein Account Director
Lee Dillard Adams
David Adilman Geosyntec Consultants Principal Hydrogeologist
Craig Altemose Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) Founder
Farhad Aminpour Clean Energy Analytics, LLC Principal
John Anderson New England Aquarium Director of Education
Magdalena Ayed Harbor Keepers Director
Ellie Baker Horsley Witten Group Senior Environmental Planner
Liana Banuelos MassDOT / MIT
Geoffrey Bartlett Tufts University Director of Emergency Management
Maeve Bartlett AECOM Director, Strategic Development
Kathleen Baskin Weston & Sampson Senior Project Manager
Bridget Bearden UMB Student
Nathalie Beauvais Kleinfelder Principal
Kelley Begin Woodard & Curran Principal
Tona Belderbos Consulate the Kingdom of the NetherlaNDS Innovation Officer
Gabrielle Belfit Tighe & Bond Senior Environmental Scientist
Sam Bell GZA Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist
John Bolduc City of Cambridge Environmental Planner
Patricia Bowie MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resilience Specialist
Andrea Braga Geosyntec Consultants Principal
Ramon Bueno Somerville Commission Energy Use & Climate Change , Commissioner
Todd Burger BobMassie Campaign for governor Director of Policy
Chris Busch Boston Planning & Development Agency Senior Waterfront Planner
Daniel Buttrick Tighe & Bond Senior Engineer
Bruce Carlisle MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Director
Thomas Champion State Auditor/Div. of Local Mandates Policy Analyst
Qin Jim Chen Northeastern University Professor
Ralph Child Mintz Member
wayne Cobleigh GZA VP Client Services
Julie Conroy Fort Point Associates, Inc. Senior Environmental Planner
Mark Costa VHB Water Resources Engineer
Laurie Coyle EnerNOC, Inc Sr Customer Success Operations Manager
Carter Craft Consulate General of the Netherlands in NYC Sr. Economic Officer
Noa Dalzell The Trust for Public Land Carbon Policy Intern
MEERA DEEAN Boston Harbor Now Director of Planning
Lisa Dickson Arup Resilence Leader
Kerrie Diers Normandeau Associates, Inc. Director of Planning & Communication
Kevin Doyle Economic Advancement Research Institute Senior Consultant
Herbert Dreiseitl Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab Director
Dan Dropkin-Frank
Jennifer Ducey Stantec Senior Associate
Kate Duffy Northeastern University Graduate Student
Mike Duffy New England Development
Julie Eaton Weston & Sampson Lead Resiliency Engineer
Lisa Engler MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Assistant Director
Bob Erickson ESS Group, Inc. VP/ Director of Business Development
Joseph Famely Woods Hole Group Senior Environmental Scientist
paul fennelly EBC NA
Mark Fine Metropolitan Area Planning Council Director, Municipal Collaboration
Catherine Finneran Eversource Director, Environmental Affairs
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Stantec Environmental Planner
Jessica Fosbrook City of Somerville Assistant Director of Engineering
Kate Galbo Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Project Administrator
Jan Galkowski Westwood Statistical Studios; Akamai Technologies Statistician/Computational Engineer
Patricia Gary Donovan Hatem, LLP Of Counsel
Nadine Gerdts Rhode Island School of Design Senior Critic and Lecturer
Indrani Ghosh Kleinfelder Climate Change Technical Lead
Brian Goldberg Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Office of Sustainability Sustainability Project Manager
James Goldstein Tellus Institute Associate Fellow
Decia Goodwin MassHousing Energy Analyst
John Gravelin Linnean Solutions Project Manager
Heidi Green Massachusetts Port Authority Development Manager
Meagan Greene The Alliance for Business Leadership Senior Director of Policy & Operations
Roger Grenier AIR Worldwide SVP, Global Resilience
Amanda Griffiths Climate XChange Events and Office Coordinator
Nanxi Gu Eversource
Hamilton Hackney Dain Torpy Wiest Garner & Le Ray, PC Attorney
Hanna Hamblen Berkley Environmental Underwriter
Rebecca Haney MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Geologist
Betsy Harper MA Department of Housing and Community Development Sustainability Program Developer
Benjamin Haskell Deputy to Acting Superintendent NOAA
Adam Hasz MIT DUSP Research Assistant
Jason Hellendrung Tetra Tech
Kari Hewitt VHB Director of Sustainability
Karen Heymann Mass Audubon Legislative Director
Marten Hillen Royal HaskoningDHV Business Developer Water
Jenny Hook Aon Risk Services Regional Director
Russell Hopping The Trustees Ecology Program Director
Jill Horwood Boston Harbor Now Director of Policy
Mary House Woodard & Curran Senior Principal
Peter Howe Denterlein Senior Advisor
Edward Ionata Tetra Tech Senior Vice President
Todd Isherwood Mass Maritime Outreach Specialist/Energy Manager
Rachel Jacobson American Society of Adaptation Professionals Senior Program Manager
Seth Jaffe Foley Hoag LLP Partner
Aladdine Joroff Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic Staff Attorney and Lecturer
Peter Kane Norfolk County Agricultural High School Teacher
Karen Kao Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Project Manager
Nancy Kaplan Eversource
Justin Kates City of Nashua, NH Director of Emergency Management
Craig Kelley Cambridge, MA City Councilor
Daniel Kennedy WSP New England Maritime Manager
Tom Kiley MIT Senior Advisor
Kelly Knee RPS ASA Technical Director
Pamela Kocher Boston Municipal Research Bureau Vice President
Kirby Ledvina MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Research Assistant
Maeghan Lefebvre Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Project Manager
Steve Long The Nature Conservancy Director of Government Relations
Amy Longsworth Boston Green RIbbon Commission Director
Jack Lovett Boston Municipal Research Bureau Research Assistant
David Lowe Climate Action Brookline Board Member
Ann Lowery MassDEP Asst Comm.
Louisa Lund Harvard Kennedy School Program Director, Consortium for Energy Policy Research
Wendy Machmuller Town of Brookline Special Projects Coordinator
Heather MacLean UMB Student
Anne Mahoon Bob Massie for Governor Scheduler and Policy Associate
Jeffrey Malloy BSC Group Senior Resilience Planner
Margot Mansfield Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Hazards Analyst
Mia Mansfield City of Boston Climate Ready Boston Program Manager
Maxwell Martin UMB Student
Susan Marx MWRA Program Manager, Environmental
Darya Mattes Tufts University masters student
Carole McCauley Northeastern University Marine Science Center MassBays/Metro Boston coordinator
Douglas McGarrah Foley Hoag LLP Partner
Anna McGinty City of Nashua, NH Community Resilience Coordinator
James McGregor independent climate activist
Jim McManus Slowey McManus Communications Principal Partner
Amina Miliani UMB Student
Steven Miller Massachusetts Department of Transportation Supervisor
Sally Miller Commonwealth of MA, DCAMM Energy and Sustainability Program Energy and Sustainability Planner
Sandy Mitchell MIT Director of Insurnace
Samuel Moffett TRC Senior Principal
Katie Moniz BSC Group Senior Associate/Senior Project Manager
Deanna Moran Conservation Law Foundation Director of Environmental Planning
Dalia Munenzon One Architecture & Urbanism Associate
Trine Stausgaard Munk Ramboll Senior Consultant
David Murphy Tighe & Bond, Inc. Vice President
Chester Myers Massachusetts Port Authority Senior Waterfront Project Manager
Jennifer Nash Harvard Business School Director, Business & Environment Initiative
Carrie Nash Slowey McManus Communications Account Director
Charlie Natale ESS Group, Inc. President & CEO
Alice Nelson ERM Project Manager
Maria Olano The Climate Action Business Association Policy and Research Fellow
Jaana Pietari Exponent Managing Scientist
Stephen Pike Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Chief Executive Officer
Martin Pillsbury Metropolitan Area Planning Council Environmental Planning Director
Chris Pimentel Powersmiths International Corp.
Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones US Army Corps of Engineers Contractor
George Preble Beals and Thomas, Inc. President
Carley Przystac VHB Water Resource Specialist
Keley Quinlan Merrimack Valley Planning Commission GIS Analyst
Andrea Ranger None Student
Bill Ravanesi Health Care Without Harm Sr Director E energy Program
Frank Ricciardi Weston & Sampson Vice President
Michael Rieger TRC Solutions Sr. Client Service Manager
Bud Ris Boston Green  Ribbon Commission Senior Adviser
Virginia Roach CDM Smith Vice President
Gregory Robbins GZA Project Manager
Kalinda Roberts TRC Envrionmental Biologist
Sarah Robinson WeSpire Founding Partner
Steven Roy Weston and Sampson Senior Technical Leader
Kara Runsten City of Boston Intern
Jake San Antonio VHB Managing Director, Env. Services
Sylvia Scharf New England Aquarium Education Programs Supervisor
Christina Schlegel Tufts University/Applied Economics Clinic Researcher
Judy Schuler HRP Associates, Inc. Project Manager
Shilpa Sen Earthwise Aware Consultant
Peter Shattuck Anbaric Development Partners VP Distributed Energy
Emily Sidla The Barr Foundation Program Associate, Climate
Dan Sieger MA EOEEA Assistant Secretary for Environment
Juliet Simpson MIT Sea Grant Coastal Ecologist
Frank Singleton Town of Weymouth Conservation commissioner
Noah Slovin Milone and MacBroom Environmental Planner and Scientist
Timothy Snay Ransom Consulting, Inc. Principal, Vice President
Peter Spawn TRC VP
Margaret Starr AEW Capital Management Associate
Jennie Stephens Northeastern Professor and Director
Tiana Stephens Holland & Knight LLP Associate
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
Vipin Sumani HRP Associates, Inc. Project Manager
Sandy Taft National Grid Director Environmental & Sustainability Policy
Tayebeh TajalliBakhsh RPS Ocean Engineer|Senior Scientist
David Tanaka FM Global Senior Account Manager
Axum Teferra MAPC Clean Energy Planner
Kannan Thiruvengadam Eastie Farm Director
Mike Toffel Harvard Business School Professor
Yve Torrie A Better City Director of Sustainability Programs
Kurt Tramposch MWRA Water Supply Citizen’s Advisory Committee (WSCAC) Member – Executive Committee
Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning
dwaign tyndal ACE Executive Director
Kristin Uiterwyk Urban Habors Institute, UMass Boston Assistant Director
Carlos Velasquez UMass Boston Graduate Student
Caroleen Verly Harvard University Sustainability Coordinator
Kimberly Vermeer Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc. President
Ellen Watts Architerra President
Nichole Weber UMB Student
Aaron Weieneth AECOM Project Manager
Tim Weiskel Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA) Research Director
Payson Whitney ESS Group, Inc. Vice President/COO
Michael Wilson MIT Doctoral Candidate
Clara Wogram Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) Programs Coordination Intern
Julie Wood Charles River Watershed Association Director of Projects
Tina Woolston Tufts University Sustainability Program Director
Julie Wormser North Cambridge Consulting Principal
Lina Zhang UMB Student
Robert Zimmerman Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director
Richard Zingarelli CDM Smith Emergency & Disaster Management Subject Matter Expert


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Climate Adaptation Forum - January 12, 2018


January 12, 2018
8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
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Environmental Business Council of New England
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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(617) 505-1818
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January 12, 2018
8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
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