Julie Eaton Ernst Named Vice Chair of the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Julie Eaton Ernst of Weston & Sampson will be joining the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee as the new Vice Chair. Julie has been a long-time support of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing her industry knowledge to the Climate Change and Air Committee.

Julie will be joining the current chair of the committee, Ruth Silman of Nixon Peabody LLP, and vice chair, Samuel Bell of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Julie Eaton Ernst, P.E., Lead Resiliency Engineer
Weston & Sampson
55 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, MA 01867
978.818.9008 // [email protected]

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Julie Eaton Ernst is a licensed professional engineer and is the lead resiliency engineer at Weston & Sampson. For over a decade, her professional and academic ventures have focused on looking at climate change resiliency and adaptation. Julie approaches climate resilience from the dual perspectives of policy/planning and design/engineering to communicate the need for planning and preparedness, evaluate potential impacts to vulnerable infrastructure and natural resources, and develop a range of resilient design strategies that emphasize flexible approaches, manage risk and uncertainty, and create value. She specializes in applying climate projections in civil design practices and translating conceptual adaptation strategies into feasible engineered solutions. Julie is currently the project manager for the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) technical assistance project, which is tasked with developing state-wide climate resilient standards, best practices for applying standards, and a resilient capital planning evaluation tool. She is also working on numerous flood resilient waterfront parks, including Moakley Park in South Boston and Langone & Puopolo Park in the North End, and is supporting designs for integrated flood protection along a designated port area in Massachusetts and WWTP flood resilience projects in Connecticut and South Carolina.

Julie was the project manager for the City of Boston Public Works Department’s Climate Resilient Design Standards and Guidelines for Protection of Public Rights-of-way, which received several awards, including the 2019 EBC EBEE – Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration, the 2018 New England Stormwater Collaborative “Stormy Award”, and the 2019 APWA National Award for Exceptional Performance in Sustainability. Some of her recent past projects also include the MBTA Blue Line Aquarium Station Flood Vulnerability Assessment, and the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Statewide Resiliency Master Plan. Julie received a 2018 Ascending Leader Award from the Environmental Business Council for her work in climate resilience. Julie also serves on the steering committee for the EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum. She is a certified MVP Provider and has Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science (University of Rochester) and Civil Engineering (UMass Lowell), and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (UMass Lowell).