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November 2017

Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs

November 17, 2017 @ 7:15 am - 11:30 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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Testimonials “Wonderful speakers. Extremely impressed. Great information shared.” “Wonderful format & information outstanding.” “Outstanding presenters, great slides, valuable to hear what is going on in other cities.” “Great Event. Loved the diversity of sectors!” “Excellent content! Excellent speakers too! So valuable to get examples and perspective from outside Boston and New England.” “This was excellent – really knowledgeable, inspiring speakers and panelists.” The Forum The Honorable Sally Jewell in discussion with Forum Moderator David Cash Given that there is a…

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January 2018

Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Insurance Industry

January 12, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:30 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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The Second Climate Adaptation Forum, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, will focus on climate change adaptation strategies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a discussion of the insurance industry’s approach to climate change risk management. Models of future climate change are the drivers for international and local efforts to adapt to sea level rise and extreme weather, including excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and…

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April 2018

Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation

April 13, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:30 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108

The third installment in the series of quarterly Climate Adaptation Forums, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on the challenge of financing climate change adaptation projects. Financing is one of the major challenges facing climate change adaptation initiatives. This Forum attempts to address the challenges and provide innovative solutions that current and future projects can use to continue the push for adaptation to climate change. In addition, at…

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June 2018

Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

June 8, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:30 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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Design leaders and urban design exemplars from around the world offer a wealth of inspiration and instruction for climate adaptation and carbon neutrality. This fourth installment in the series of quarterly Climate Adaptation Forums, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on design on an international, regional, and local scale. HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany Herbert Dreiseitl, the leader of Ramboll’s Living Cities Lab, will follow with a global review of…

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September 2018

Law and Governance Meet Climate Adaptation

September 28, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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Adapting legal and governance systems to address dramatic changes in climate trends pose significant challenges. The focus of this Climate Adaptation Forum is on the development of new rules, regulations, institutions, and forms of governance needed to respond to our changing climate. This Forum will: Provide examples of developing the political will to enact change; Discuss impediments from existing regulatory programs designed to protect the existing conditions; Present the findings of the Governance and Climate Adaptation Report prepared by UMass…

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November 2018

Utility Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation

November 30, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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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…

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March 2019

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

March 1 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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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…

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Managed Retreat Workshop: Legal and Policy Tools for States and Local Communities

March 1 @ 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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Organized by the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) and the Climate Adaptation Forum, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion on managed retreat (i.e. relocating development from vulnerable coastal areas) and the legal and policy considerations impacting land-use decisions and human and natural resources movements in response to sea-level rise. Participants will share their own work and learn from other experts across disciplines confronting questions about managed retreat as one strategy for adapting to rising…

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June 2019

Disruptive Climate, Disruptive Technologies

June 7 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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Climate change is disruptive. Lives and livelihoods from the world’s oceans to its deserts are already impacted and the disruption will continue into the foreseeable future. As we struggle with how to mitigate emissions and stem the tide of change, the business of climate change adaptation and resilience continues to grow in importance. Within this adaptation & resilience market, technology and innovation are driving forward improvements in how we observe, model, analyze, and visualize the changes in our climate, resulting…

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