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Friday, November 17, 2017 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
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University of Massachusetts Club, 1 Beacon St., Boston

Climate Adaptation Forum

The Environmental Business Council of New England and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston are pleased to announce that The Honorable Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and current Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, will be will be opening the forum with a moderated discussion on "Adaptation through Collaboration" at the inaugural Climate Adaptation Forum on November 17, 2017.

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.

 

More about The Honorable Sally Jewell:

As a business executive and public servant serving as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Obama, Sally Jewell focused her career on supporting a robust economy coupled with long-term sustainability of our natural world and its diverse people. 

During her tenure as Interior Secretary, Jewell was recognized for taking the long-view, using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management.  She and her capable team were deeply engaged in rebuilding a trusting, nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous communities in the U.S.  They championed the importance of science and sharing data to better understand our Earth's systems; supported development of commercial-scale renewable energy on public lands and waters; encouraged investments for more sustainable use of water in the West; and worked with Congress, President Obama and his team on long-term conservation of our nation's most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic treasures.

Throughout her career, Jewell has been committed to connecting people to nature, particularly youth.  At Interior, she and her team championed efforts to create a continuum of engagement that encouraged tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands. 

Prior to serving on President Obama's cabinet, Jewell was President and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures.  Prior to REI, she served 19 years in commercial banking across a wide-range of industries, and began her career as an engineer in the energy industry.  She has been active in many non-profit organizations throughout her life, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington where she is a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.  She is also serving as a Resident Fellow in Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics for the fall semester of 2017.

 

Registration and fee details:

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 – please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16.

Contact Name: 

Environmental Business Council

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