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Utility Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation

November 30, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 12:45 pm EST

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: Utility Resilience – Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation

Adapting utilities to be resilient to climate impacts, from extreme storm events to heatwaves, poses significant challenges and opportunities for providers and communities. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and resulted in the longest blackout in U.S. History. The Forum welcomes Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, the Executive Director of the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, and speakers from Resilient Power Puerto Rico to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Maria and rebuilding resilient utility infrastructure.

We will then turn our focus to local climate impacts and hear what steps are being taken for regional utility resilience. Local utility providers and communities will discuss on-going projects and challenges for climate adaptation in New England.

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

Final Agenda – Climate Adaptation Forum – Resilient Utilities



Forum Chair

Julie Eaton, Lead Resiliency Engineer
Weston & Sampson

Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer
Clean Water Action

Keynote Speaker

Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, Executive Director
Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission

Speakers and Panelists

 Yanel de Angel, Associate Principal

G. Paul Anundson, Principal Engineer, Electric Standards
National Grid

Stacey Kokaram, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission

Maria Belen Power, Associate Executive Director

Attendee List

John Anderson New England Aquarium Director of Education
Brittany Angelo ReVision Energy Marketing and Outreach Manager
Jessie Arnell Ceres Policy
Shalanda Baker Northeastern University Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Kalila Barnett Barr Foundation Program Officer, Climate Resilience
Geoffrey Bartlett US DHHS/MA-1 DMAT Planning Section Chief
Kathleen Baskin Weston & Sampson Senior Project Manager
Joan Boegel MIT Lincoln Laboratory Environmental Engineer
Gabriela Boscio NOAH (Neighborhood of Affordable Housing) Climate Program Manager
Don Bowen Cadence Development Principal
Patricia Bowie MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resilience Specialist
Ramon Bueno Somerville Commission Energy Use & Climate Change , Commissioner
Thomas Champion State Auditor/Div. of Local Mandates Policy Analyst
Beth Charis-Molling CDM Smith Electrical Engineer
Matthew Chigas City of Nashua, NH Office of Emergency Management Emergency Management Coordinator
Ralph Child Mintz Member
James Clancy Eversource Energy Environmental Affairs Coop
wayne Cobleigh GZA VP Client Services
Mark Costa VHB Water Resources
Clary Coutu Keolis Director of Environmental Services, Compliance and Sustainability
Aimee Curtright RAND Corporation Senior Scientist
Amy Dale Gradient Corporation Senior Environmental Engineer
David Dayton Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. Chairman
Yanel de Angel Perkins+Will Associate Principal
Lori Demaine Center for Sustainable Energy Program Coordinator
Brittany Dolan City of Salem Sustainability and Resiliency Coordinator
Joe Dorant Mass Organization of State Engineers and Scientists President
Craig Drennan AECOM Water Resources Engineer
Hallah Elbeleidy Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Program Coordinator
David Elmer Weston & Sampson Discipline Leader, Vice President
Joseph Famely Woods Hole Group Senior Environmental Scientist
Adria Fichter Kleinfelder Project Professional
Michaela Fitzgerald AECOM Water Resources Engineer
Bob FitzPatrick Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Director of Government Affiars
Jessica Fosbrook City of Somerville Assistant Director of Engineering
Audrey Fraizer Normandeau Associates, Inc. Operations Support Manager
Matt Frediani RPS GIS Analyst
Kathleen Freeman Eversource Energy (retiree) Director
Julian Furry Eversource Environmental Affairs Coop
Paula García Union of Concerned Scientists Energy analyst
Millie Garcia-Serrano Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection Regional Director
Matthew Gilbertson Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Senior Staff I
Jonathan Gillis
Bob Hamilton Woods Hole Group President
Jason Hellendrung Tetra Tech Vice President, Design & Planning
Melissa Hendricks RAND Corp. Adjunct Scientist
Ryan Heslin Ceres Associate, Climate & Energy
Ariel Horowitz MassCEC Director of Technology Development
Jill Horwood Boston Harbor Now Director of Policy
Betsy Isenstein Commonwealth of Mass, DCAMM Director, Energy & Sustainability
Rachel Jacobson American Society of Adaptation Professionals Senior Program Manager
Seth Jaffe Foley Hoag LLP Partner
Natalie Johnson Exponent Managing Scientist
Emily Jones Local Initiatives Support Corporation Office Manager
Aladdine Joroff, Esq. McGregor & Legere
Allie Kauffman Jacobs Coastal Engineer
Vivian Kimball VHB Environmental Scientist
Kelly Knee RPS ASA Technical Director
Elizabeth Kopecky Tetra Tech Environmental Planner
James Kostaras Institute for International Urban Development Senior Fellow
Laura Kuhl Northeastern University Assistant Professor
Ibrahim Lopez Hernandez Northeastern University Graduate Research Assistant
Ann Lowery MassDEP Asst Comm.
Jade Lu BlueWave Solar Analyst
Randi Mail Fossil Free Somerville Advocate & Strategist (former Cambridge Recycling Director & Bob Massie for Governor campaign)
Margot Mansfield EOEEA Climate Change & Coastal Hazards Analyst
Bryan Manter Jacobs Project Manager
Paul Martin Tetra Tech Sr. Program Manager-Energy
Eric McEntee Harvard University BLA Candidate
Douglas McGarrah Foley Hoag LLP Partner
Dot McGlincy MA Association of Conservation Commissions Executive Director
John Meroth Boston Public Library Data Analyst
Steven Miller LivableStreets Alliance Board of Directors
Lauren Miller CDM Smith Project Manager and Environmental Scientist
VICKASH MOHANKA Clean Water Action Clean Energy Organizer
Katie Moniz BSC Group Senior Project Manager
Deanna Moran Conservation Law Foundation Director of Environmental Planning
Dalia Munenzon One Architecture + Urbanism Associate
Sandra Nijar GreenRoots
Kenneth Nugent Cambridge Conservation Commission
Purvi Patel Cambridge Conservation Commission
Fritzi Pieper Rethinking Power Management Sustainability Manager
Leila Pike GEI Consultants, Inc. Water Resources Engineer
Maria Pozimski Horsley Witten Group GIS Analyst
Vignesh Ramachandran Better Future Project Digital Organizer
Jean Ann Ramey Climable.org Executive Director
Karen Rave Universidad de Medellin Environmental Engineer (Job Seeker)
Brandon Raymond Geosyntec Consultants Coastal Engineer
Dom Rinaldi BSC Group
Steven Roy Weston and Sampson Senior Technical Leader
Carlos Rufin Suffolk University
Bill Ryan CDM Smith Regional Team Leader
Marilyn Sanchez Local Initiatives Support Corporation Office Manager
Chloe Schaefer Cape Cod Commission Community Design Planner
Sylvia Scharf New England Aquarium Education Programs Supervisor
Kyle Schultz Climable Intern
Peter Shattuck Anbaric Development Partners VP Distributed Energy
Ken Shaw Tetra Tech
Paul Silverstone MassHousing Architect, Environmental Officer
Diane Simms Mansfield Conservation Commission
Tiffany Skogstrom MA Office of Technical Assistance Environmental Analyst
Nancy Smith Boston Public Health Commission/OPHP Program Manager
Matthew Snell Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Partner
Stacey Snow ESS Group, Inc. Senior Scientist
Amos Spencer Eversource Environmental Compliance
Timothy Spencer Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Planner
Victoria Spies
Kimberly Starbuck Urban Harbors Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston Senior Research Associate
Jennie Stephens Northeastern Professor and Director
Jen Stevenson Climable.org Director of Research & Operations
Ben Stoddard Kleinfelder Water Resources Engineer
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
Tim Sullivan VHB Senior Project Manager
Chad Sumner SumCo Eco-Contracting Principal
Yve Torrie A Better City Director of Sustainability Programs
Antonio Torrres MassHousing Relationship Manager
Aaron Troncoso Better Future Project
Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning
Mieke van der Wansem The Fletcher School, Tufts University Associate Director for Educational Programs
Anna Vanderspek Green Energy Consumers Alliance Energy Programs Manager
Bob Varney Normandeau Associates President
Melinda Vega Neighborhood of Affordable of Housing Community Engagement Coordinator
Hannah Wagner ICF Associate, Climate Adaptation & Resilience
Ellen Watts Architerra President
Scott White DHS Infrastructure Protection Region 1 Critical Infrastructure Specialist
Joey Wigglesworth Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
Angela Wong MIT Graduate Student
Julie Wormser Mystic River Watershed Association Deputy Director
Michael Worthy Tetra Tech Engineering Manager
Lisa Young Better Future Project




November 30, 2018
8:15 am - 12:45 pm EST


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


November 30, 2018
8:15 am - 12:45 pm EST


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