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Building Resilience: Covid-19 and Climate Change

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Collaborating Partner

John Snow, Inc.

The Covid-19 pandemic is disrupting life unlike anything most of the world has ever seen. While there is little evidence that the pandemic is spreading more quickly because of climate change there are clear parallels between the two crises.

Join the Environmental Business Council, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) for a discussion on climate resilience and the connections between Covid-19 and climate change. Speakers will explore how our responses can make us more resilient to future threats, what climate resilience looks like in this new reality, and highlight success stories.

Juliette Kayyem, national leader in homeland security and disaster response, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, President of the American Public Health Association, will speak about the crisis on the national scale while local public health and environment leaders will share their experience on the ground in a panel moderated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Forum Co-Chairs

Nasser Brahim, Senior Planner, Climate Change Team

Terry Greene, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, U.S.

Gabriela Boscio Santos, Sustainability Engagement Manager
Boston University

Keynote Dialogue with Health and Disaster Response Leaders

Juliette Kayyem
Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School
Faculty Director, Homeland Security Project, Harvard University
Faculty Affiliate, Middle East Initiative, Harvard University


Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association



Virtual Breakout Sessions

Local Response, Local Solutions

Alonzo L. Plough
VP, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Claude-Alix Jacob
, Chief Public Health Officer
Director, Public Health Department
City of Cambridge, MA



Sam Baraso, Program Manager, Portland Clean Energy Fund
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
City of Portland, OR



Webinar Details

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT/UTC -4.00

Webinar Login Information: provided in the registration confirmation email



EBC Member: $10
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: $15

Government/Nonprofit: $5
This rate is available for those employed by Government, Municipal, or Nonprofit organizations. Not available to those in a volunteer position (e.g. Board Member of a Nonprofit).


  • University of Massachusetts – If you are affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, please send an email to, for registration information.
  • All others affiliated with universities or colleges – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Job Seeker: Complimentary
This rate is available to those currently unemployed, not self-employed.

Please use the above registration link to provide your contact information and professional affiliation.

Fine Print: Cancellation refunds will be available through June 5, 2020. After June 5, 2020 refunds will not be available. Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. on June 5, 2020.


June 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Virtual Event


Climate Adaptation Forum