Events & Updates

April 13, 2018 – Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation

The third installment in the quarterly Climate Adaptation Forum, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on the challenge of financing climate change adaptation projects.

Building on the work of Climate Ready Boston, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston will be releasing a report this spring focused on financing climate adaptation. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the options for financing climate adaptation in Boston and cutting edge financing models around the country. Speakers from regional and global financial advisory, investment and insurance firms will address specific examples of innovative financing solutions for climate change adaptation projects. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with ample time for audience Q&A.

Financing is one of the major challenges facing climate change adaptation initiatives. This Forum attempts to address the challenges and provide innovative solutions that current and future projects can use to continue the push for adaptation to climate change.

The 2017/2018 Climate Adaptation Forum Schedule is as follows:

  • November 17, 2017 – Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs
  • January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices
  • April 13, 2018 – Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation
  • June 8, 2018 – Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

Planning for the 2018/2019 Climate Adaptation Forum is already underway – save the date:

  • September 28, 2018
  • November 30, 2018

AGENDA

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

Program Introduction & Overview: Rebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Overview of Financing Climate Adaptation: Lisa Dickson, Steering Committee Member, Climate Adaptation Forum; Associate Principal, Resilience Leader, Arup

Overview of University of Massachusetts Boston Report on Financing Resiliency

David Levy, Professor and Academic Co-Director
Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Innovative Climate Adaptation Financing

Samantha Medlock, Senior Vice President
Head of North America Capital, Science and Policy
Willis Towers Watson

Lori Kerr, Senior Director
Climate Finance Advisors, LLC

Lauren Burnhill, Managing Director
One Planet Ventures, LLC

Panel Discussion

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

Registration

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EBC Member: $35
EBC Membership is corporate – all staff from our member companies can register as an EBC Member. Not sure if you’re a member? Visit our online Member Directory.

Non-members: $45

Government/Nonprofit: $15
This rate is available for those employed by Government, Municipal, or Nonprofit organizations.

Students – University of Massachusetts – Boston students – please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All other students – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.

June 8, 2018 – Save the Date! Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

Forum Co-Chairs:

Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning & Design
Tetra Tech

Ellen Watts, Principal, Co-Founder
Architerra Inc.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Liveable Cities Lab
Ramboll

Registration

Registration will open shortly. Please check back.

EBC Member: $35
EBC Membership is corporate – all staff from our member companies can register as an EBC Member. Not sure if you’re a member? Visit our online Member Directory.

Non-members: $45

Government/Nonprofit: $15
This rate is available for those employed by Government, Municipal, or Nonprofit organizations.

Students – University of Massachusetts – Boston students – please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All other students – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.

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

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.

Photos from the Forum

Climate Adaptation Forum - January 12, 2018

November 17, 2017 – Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs

Testimonials

“Wonderful speakers. Extremely impressed. Great information shared.”

“Wonderful format & information outstanding.”

“Outstanding presenters, great slides, valuable to hear what is going on in other cities.”

“Great Event. Loved the diversity of sectors!”

“Excellent content! Excellent speakers too! So valuable to get examples and perspective from outside Boston and New England.”

“This was excellent – really knowledgeable, inspiring speakers and panelists.”

The Forum

Given that there is a growing understanding of the local impacts of climate change, as well as the impacts of climate change on extreme weather events like  the current hurricane season in the United States and Caribbean, the need for innovative and strategic resiliency and adaptation planning and investments is greater than ever.

For this Inaugural Climate Adaptation Forum, the Honorable Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will participate in a conversation focused on adaptation and resilience. The Forum then continues with three speakers presenting their active adaptation programs and actions, ranging in region from Florida to New York City to Coastal Virginia.

These three speakers have specifically been selected to provide an opportunity for Boston-based climate practitioners to learn from experts in locations that have already been forced to face climate disruptions.

Finally, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Austin Blackmon, the City of Boston’s Chief of Energy, Environment, and Open Space.

Link to the Final Agenda

AGENDA

Welcome: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, EBCNE

Program Introduction and Overview: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts – Boston

Adaptation through Collaboration – A Moderated Discussion

Jewell, SallyA Discussion with The Honorable Sally Jewell
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Moderated by David Cash, and with audience Q&A

Cutting Edge Regional and City Adaptation Programs

Southeast Florida’s Fight Against Rising Seas
Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D., Director and Chief Resilience Officer, Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department , Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division for Broward County, Florida

Click to View the Presentation – Jurado – November 17 2017

A Stronger, More Resilient New York
Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Policy, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York City

Click to View the Presentation – DesRoches – November 17 2017

Subsidence and Sea Level Rise Affecting Newport News and Tidewater Virginia
Colonel (Retired) Paul B. Olsen, P.E., National Director, SeaWall Coalition; Former Commander, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Director, Programs and Partnerships, Old Dominion University Office of Research

Ted Henifin, P.E., General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Click to View the Presentation – Olsen & Henifin – November 17 2017

Panel Discussion: Cutting-Edge Regional and City Adaptation Programs

Moderator:

  Austin Blackmon
  Chief, Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston

Panelists:

Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D.
Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
Broward County, Florida

Susanne DesRoches
Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
New York City

Paul Olsen, P.E.
Old Dominion University

Ted Henifin, P.E.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Photos from the Event

Climate Adaptation Forum - November 17, 2017