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Think Globally, Act Locally: Municipalities Adapt to the Climate Crisis

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

By definition, the climate crisis is a global problem. Its impacts, however, are felt much closer to home. When increased precipitation overwhelms our municipal infrastructure or when extreme heat threatens the health of our most vulnerable neighbors, we look to our municipal governments for solutions. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum to explore the role of municipalities in climate adaptation. Experts from New England and beyond will discuss innovative adaptation strategies being implemented in their communities, state programs and frameworks that are facilitating local action, trends in financing local adaptation projects, and other important topics.

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Forum Co-Chairs

Mark Costa, Water Resources Engineer, VHB

Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning & Design, Tetra Tech

Carolyn Meklenburg, Regional Coordinator for Greater Boston, Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Aaron Weieneth, Manager of Climate Change and Resilience, AECOM

Speaker Agenda

National Perspective of Local Initiatives


Kristin Baja, Programs Director, Climate Resilience
Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
Bio | LinkedIn | View the PowerPoint Presentation – Baja


State Programs Facilitating Local Action

Resilient NJ
Speaker: Nick Angarone, Manager
Climate Resilience Planning
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
LinkedIn | View the PowerPoint Presentation – Angarone

Climate Resilience Financing
Speaker: Joanne Throwe, President
Throwe Environmental, LLC
Bio | LinkedIn | View the PowerPoint Presentation – Throwe


Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant Lightning Round

About the MVP Program

View the PowerPoint Presentation – Lightning Round

  • Ben Cares, Senior Planner & Project Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development, City of Chelsea
  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton
  • Rebecca Longvall, Conservation Administrator, Town of Bolton
  • Tina Quagliato Sullivan, Director of Disaster Recovery & Compliance, City of Springfield

Overcoming Barriers to Resilience: Individual & Multijurisdictional Approaches


Resilient Mystic Collaborative
Speaker: Julie Wormser, Deputy Director
Mystic River Watershed Association
LinkedIn | View the PowerPoint Presentation – Wormser


City of Orlando
Speaker: Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience
City of Orlando
LinkedIn | View the PowerPoint Presentation – Castro



Webinar Recording


March 5
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Virtual Event


Climate Adaptation Forum