The third installment in the quarterly Climate Adaptation Forum, 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.

Building on the work of Climate Ready Boston, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston will be releasing a report this spring focused on financing climate adaptation. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the options for financing climate adaptation in Boston and cutting edge financing models around the country. Speakers from regional and global financial advisory, investment and insurance firms will address specific examples of innovative financing solutions for climate change adaptation projects. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with ample time for audience Q&A.

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.

The 2017/2018 Climate Adaptation Forum Schedule is as follows:

  • November 17, 2017 – Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs
  • January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices
  • April 13, 2018 – Innovative Financing for Climate Adaptation
  • June 8, 2018 – Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

Planning for the 2018/2019 Climate Adaptation Forum is already underway – save the date:

  • September 28, 2018
  • November 30, 2018


Welcome: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.

Program Introduction & Overview: Rebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Overview of Financing Climate Adaptation: Lisa Dickson, Steering Committee Member, Climate Adaptation Forum; Associate Principal, Resilience Leader, Arup

Overview of University of Massachusetts Boston Report on Financing Resiliency

David Levy, Professor and Academic Co-Director
Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Innovative Climate Adaptation Financing

Samantha Medlock, Senior Vice President
Head of North America Capital, Science and Policy
Willis Towers Watson

Lori Kerr, Senior Director
Climate Finance Advisors, LLC

Lauren Burnhill, Managing Director
One Planet Ventures, LLC

Panel Discussion

The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion. There will be adequate time for audience participation.


Register Now

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.

Students – University of Massachusetts – Boston students – please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All other students – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.