January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Insurance Industry

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.

Link to the Final Agenda

AGENDA

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

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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

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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.

Photos from the Forum

Climate Adaptation Forum - January 12, 2018