Climate Change Resiliency: Forum for Policyholders

Event Start Date: March 25, 2015 - 10 a.m.
Event End Date: March 25, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Location: Massachusetts State House, Hearing Rooms A-1 and 2

UMass Boston's School for the Environment is co-sponsoring this event at the State House.


Welcome and Introductions (10–10:15)

  • Robyn Hannigan, UMass Boston, Founding Dean, School for the Environment
  • Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg
  • Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate President Pro Tempore and Chair, Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change

Science of Climate Change (10:15–10:35)

  • Raymond S. Bradley, UMass Amherst, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center
  • Richard N. Palmer, UMass Amherst, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Juliette Rooney-Varga, UMass Lowell, Associate Professor of Environmental Biology, and Director UML Climate Change Initiative
  • Steve Lohrenz, UMass Dartmouth, Dean and Professor School for Marine Science and Technology
  • Ellen Douglas, UMass Boston, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment

Stakeholders (10:35–11:10)

  • Jack Clarke, Director of Public Policy, Mass Audubon (Adaptation Coalition)
  • Rebecca Davis, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Austin Blackmon, ‎Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston
  • Bud Ris, Member, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Cathy Drinan, Health Agent, Halifax Board of Health
  • Veronica Eady, Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Michael Balmer, Environmental Practice Leader, Willis Insurance
  • David Begelfer, CEO, NAIOP: Commercial Real Estate Development Assoc.
  • Steve Long, Director of Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy

Policymakers (11:10–11:40)

  • Matthew Beaton, Secretary, Exec. Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Legislators

Wrap Up (11:40–noon)   

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