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Climate Adaptation Forum

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Event Start Date: November 17, 2017 - 7:30 a.m.
Event End Date: November 17, 2017 - 12 p.m.
Location: University of Massachusetts Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108


November 17, 2017 – Climate Adaptation Action by Three Cutting Edge Programs

UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston MA

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Given that there is a growing understanding of the local impacts of climate change, as well as the impacts of climate change on extreme weather events like  the current hurricane season in the United States and Caribbean, the need for innovative and strategic resiliency and adaptation planning and investments is greater than ever.

For this Inaugural Climate Adaptation Forum, the Honorable Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will participate in a conversation focused on adaptation and resilience. The Forum then continues with three speakers presenting their active adaptation programs and actions, ranging in region from Florida to New York City to Coastal Virginia.

These three speakers have specifically been selected to provide an opportunity for Boston-based climate practitioners to learn from experts in locations that have already been forced to face climate disruptions.

Finally, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Austin Blackmon, the City of Boston’s Chief of Energy, Environment, and Open Space.


Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
Includes continental breakfast. 

Forum: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Includes networking break.

Welcome: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, EBCNE

Program Introduction and Overview: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts – Boston

Adaptation through Collaboration – A Moderated Discussion

A Discussion with The Honorable Sally Jewell Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Moderated by David Cash, and with audience Q&A

Cutting Edge Regional and City Adaptation Programs

Southeast Florida’s Fight Against Rising Seas
Jennifer Jurado, PhD, Director and Chief Resilience Officer, Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department , Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division for Broward County, Florida

A Stronger, More Resilient New York
Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Policy, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York City

Subsidence and Sea Level Rise Affecting Newport News and Tidewater Virginia
Colonel (Retired) Paul B. Olsen, P.E., National Director, SeaWall Coalition; Former Commander, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Director, Programs and Partnerships, Old Dominion University Office of Research

Ted Henifin, P.E., General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Panel Discussion: Cutting-Edge Regional and City Adaptation Programs


Austin Blackmon
Chief, Environment, Energy and Open Space
City of Boston


Jennifer Jurado, PhD
Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
Broward County, Florida

Susanne DesRoches
Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
New York City

Paul Olsen, P.E.
Old Dominion University

Ted Henifin, P.E.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.