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Think Globally, Act Locally: Municipalities Adapt to the Climate Crisis

March 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

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Upcoming Forum: Think Globally, Act Locally: Municipalities Adapt to the Climate Crisis – March 5, 2021

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By definition, the climate crisis is a global problem. Its impacts, however, are felt much closer to home. When increased precipitation overwhelms our municipal infrastructure or when extreme heat threatens the health of our most vulnerable neighbors, we look to our municipal governments for solutions. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum to explore the role of municipalities in climate adaptation. Experts from New England and beyond will discuss innovative adaptation strategies being implemented in their communities, state programs and frameworks that are facilitating local action, trends in financing local adaptation projects, and other important topics.

Forum Co-Chairs

Mark Costa, Water Resources Engineer, VHB

Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning & Design, Tetra Tech

Carolyn Meklenburg, Regional Coordinator for Greater Boston, Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Aaron Weieneth, Manager of Climate Change and Resilience, AECOM

Speaker Agenda

National Perspective of Local Initiatives


Kristin Baja, Programs Director, Climate Resilience
Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
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State Programs Facilitating Local Action

Resilient NJ
Speaker: Nick Angarone, Manager
Climate Resilience Planning
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Climate Resilience Financing
Speaker: Joanne Throwe, President
Throwe Environmental, LLC
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Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant Lightning Round

About the MVP Program

  • Ben Cares, Senior Planner & Project Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development, City of Chelsea
  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton
  • Rebecca Longvall, Conservation Administrator, Town of Bolton
  • Tina Quagliato Sullivan, Director of Disaster Recovery & Compliance, City of Springfield

Overcoming Barriers to Resilience: Individual & Multijurisdictional Approaches

Resilient Mystic Collaborative
Speaker: Julie Wormser, Deputy Director
Mystic River Watershed Association

City of Orlando
Speaker: Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience
City of Orlando

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