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Building Climate Resilience into Infrastructure

November 22, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am

The undeniable reality of climate change has forced planners of infrastructure projects to design for increased temperatures, wind and water in the near future and farther on.  This forum presents speakers grappling with how to incorporate climate resilience into planning, financing and maintaining infrastructure systems.

Keynote Speaker Jesse Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  Professor Keenan has written, consulted and spoken widely on climate adaptation as it affects the built environment.  His remarks will frame the morning’s program by providing a compelling overview of the methodologies and criteria under development in the public and private sectors about how to evaluate public and private investments under the name of resiliency and adaptation.

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Forum Co-Chairs

Lauren Miller, Principal, Climate Change Services
CDM Smith

Aaron Weieneth, AICP, Manager of Climate Change and Resilience

Keynote Presentation: Evaluating Investments in the Name of Resilience

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Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M.
Faculty of Architecture
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

Speaker Agenda:

Preparing Boston’s Water and Sewer Systems for Future Design Storms

Click to View the Presentation – Sullivan – November 22 2019

John Sullivan, Chief Engineer
Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Development of Statewide Climate Resilience Standards and Capital Planning Tools

Click to View the Presentation – Mansfield – November 22 2019

Mia Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Rebuilding Stream Crossing Infrastructure After Tropical Storm Irene

Click to View the Presentation – Evans – November 22 2019

Rob Evans, CFM, Manager
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Rivers Program

Redesigning Communications Systems to Preserve Access

Click to View the Presentation – Byrum – November 22 2019

Greta Byrum, Co-Director
Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School

Registration Information

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Forum: 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


November 22, 2019
7:15 am - 11:45 am


UMass Club
32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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