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The Rising Seas Summit is the premier annual conference bringing together professionals from across sectors to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events and develop strategies for adaptation. The 2015 Summit boasted more than 300 attendees and was produced in partnership with the City of Boston and Boston Green Ribbon Commission.  Previous Summits have been hosted in New York City and Fort Lauderdale.

Program Highlights from the 2015 Summit

  • 4 plenary sessions featuring elected officials, Federal agency leaders, recognized thought leaders and scientific experts
  • 12 breakout panel discussions examining best practices on modeling and planning for sea level rise, providing case studies from existing efforts, quantifying the term economic implications of sea level rise, making sound investments, planning for more frequent and significant extreme events
  • 3 CCO Training BootcampsTM on leveraging climate data and tools, stakeholder engagement and organizational change strategies and adaptation planning
  • Metcalf Institute workshop for environmental journalists
  • Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase and Poster Session feature presentations from technical experts in the public and private sectors
  • Women's Climate Collaborative speed mentoring event

Last Year's Steering Committee
Note: The 2016 Rising Seas Summit steering committee will be announced shortly.

  • Frank Ayotte Regional Leader, Conveyance and CSO, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Pinar Balci Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • John Bolduc Environmental Planner, Cambridge Community Development Department
  • Dennis Carlberg Sustainability Director, Boston University
  • John Englander Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Ira Feldman President & Senior Counsel, Greentrack Strategies
  • Joan Fitzgerald Director, Law, Policy and Society Program, Northeastern University
  • Tim Grandia Program Director, Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
  • Lara Hansen Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt
  • Anthony Janetos Director and Professor of Earth and Environment, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University
  • Archie Kasnet Vice President, Sustainability, Altenex LLC
  • Daniel Kreeger Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Robbin Peach Program Manager of Resiliency, MassPort
  • Cammy Peterson Clean Energy Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Bud Ris Senior Advisor, Barr Foundation and Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Carl Spector Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston
  • Erika Spanger-Siegfried Senior Analyst, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Ed Thomas President, National Hazard Mitigation Association
  • Ray Toll Navy NOAA Liaison, Old Dominion University
  • Susanne Torriente Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach
  • Catherine Williams Senior Director for Marketing and Communications, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

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