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Utility Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation
November 30 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
Adapting utilities to be resilient to climate impacts, from extreme storm events to heatwaves, poses significant challenges and opportunities for providers and communities. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and resulted in the longest blackout in U.S. History. The Forum welcomes Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, the Executive Director of the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, and speakers from Resilient Power Puerto Rico to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Maria and rebuilding resilient utility infrastructure.
We will then turn our focus to local climate impacts and hear what steps are being taken for regional utility resilience. Local utility providers and communities will discuss on-going projects and challenges for climate adaptation in New England.
Julie Eaton, Lead Resiliency Engineer
Weston & Sampson
Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer
Clean Water Action
ResilientSEE-PR: A multidisciplinary lens for rebuilding communities in Puerto Rico
Yanel de Angel, Associate Principal
On the Path to Creating a Stronger & More Resilient Puerto Rico After Hurricane María
Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, Executive Director
Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission
Transforming an Energy Grid One Scale at a Time
Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, President
Resilient Power Puerto Rico
Open Discussion Moderator
Alex Papali, Forum Co-Chair
Green Justice Organizer, Clean Water Action
Rapid Fire Panel Presentations
Panel Introduction & Overview of Utility Vulnerability in New England
Julie Eaton, Forum Co-Chair
Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson
Utility Summer Preparation
Sam Woolard, Director – Distributing Engineering
Utility Climate Adaptation
G. Paul Anundson, P.E., Principal Engineer
Electric Standards, National Grid
Energy Democracy and Environmental Justice
María Belén Power, Associate Executive Director
Public Health Response to Extreme Heat Events
Stacey Kokaram, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission
Open Discussion Moderator
David W. Cash, Ph.D., Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
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
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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, November 23 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.