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The ‘R’ Word: Retreat, Relocation and Climate Resilience

March 1 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am

Climate adaptation efforts are often focused on armoring the built environment against climate risks. But given dire climate projections and the costs associated with retrofits and rebuilding, retreat and relocation should be part of the conversation as well. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about retreat, relocation, and climate resilience. Speakers will touch on the financial, legal and human hurdles to retreat. We will hear stories from around the country of communities and individuals that have successfully moved or are currently grappling with the need to relocate due to climate change and sea level rise.

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Forum Co-Chairs

Nasser Brahim, Technical Leader

Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, PLA, Vice President, Planning and Design
Tetra Tech

Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning
Conservation Law Foundation


Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Western Carolina University
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Carri Hulet, Senior Mediator
Consensus Building Institute
Climigration Network
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Katie Spidalieri, Institute Associate
Georgetown Climate Center
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A.R. Siders, JD, PhD, Environmental Fellow
Harvard University Center for the Environment
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Registration Information

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



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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.

University of Massachusetts – If you are affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All others affiliated with universities or colleges – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.


March 1
7:15 am - 11:45 am


Climate Adaptation Forum


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