Accelerating Climate Resiliency Speaker Series

Climate Resiliency

Speaker Series

MAPC is working in partnership with the Barr Foundation to accelerate climate resilience in the region by helping municipalities advance strategies that protect people, places, and communities from the impacts of climate change.

This work includes:
  • The Accelerating Climate Resiliency grant program, which funds actionable resilience interventions in the MAPC region.
  • A Resiliency Community of Practice for grant program awardees to share skills and knowledge, discuss successes and challenges, and build a support network of climate resiliency champions.
  • This speaker series, open to the public! Every other month, we'll bring experts and practitioners from across the country who can speak to the ways that they are perceiving and advancing resilience.

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Upcoming Events

Extreme Heat and the Legacy of Racist Housing Policy

Strategies for Climate Justice in Every Neighborhood

Thursday, September 30
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Redlining (the government-imposed practice of denying mortgages in predominantly-Black neighborhoods), disinvestment, and exclusionary zoning (restrictions on the types of homes that can be built in a neighborhood) shape the patterns of extreme heat in our neighborhoods. Our climate and heat response strategies should reflect this reality.

Join us to hear from an incredible panel on the relationship between extreme heat and housing policy, and to learn about strategies to address the challenge today.

Panelists from across the country will explain the correlation between extreme heat and redlining and discuss strategies to mitigate extreme heat—for example, prioritizing street tree planting in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment and reforming exclusionary zoning to allow more people to live in greener neighborhoods.

Panelists include:

  • Representative Andy Vargas: Commonwealth of Massachusetts 3rd Essex District
  • Vice Mayor Lori Droste: City of Berkeley, California
  • Tennis Lilly: Climate Resiliency Program Manager at Groundworks Lawrence
  • Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, PhD: David and Jane Cohn Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and Affiliate Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University

Past Events

Building Resilience with Art

Monday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Sarah Rowbottam and Erin Genia

As cities and towns experience more frequent and intense weather events due to climate change, the arts offer opportunities to support climate resilience efforts. Collaborations with artists and creatives can enhance resilience, transform infrastructure, and increase community awareness of preparedness practices and climate risks.

Please join us for a conversation with Sarah Rowbottam, Creative Producer at Arts House in Melbourne, Australia; and Erin Genia, former Boston Artist-in-Residence. They'll discuss the role of the artist in addressing climate change and building resilience, their experiences building resilience through art, and their advice for working with artists.

You'll also learn more about "Cool it with Art," MAPC's upcoming how-to guide for tackling rising temperatures with art in Massachusetts.

Climate Resiliency and Racial Justice

Tuesday, May 25 at 11 a.m.

Featured Speaker: Jacqueline Patterson

Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, and activist working on women‘s rights, HIV & AIDS, racial justice, and climate justice. Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the International Committee of the US Social Forum, the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Advisory Board for Center for Earth Ethics, as well as on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy, and the US Climate Action Network.

Environmental injustice​s and climate change have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities in the United States and around the world. In this webinar, Patterson joined us for a conversation about work to address climate change as a civil and human rights issue.

Sea Level Rise and Underwater Municipal Budgets

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Linda Shi

Dr. Linda Shi is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Her research and professional practice focus on urban environmental governance, and advancing planning policies to manage the urban climate transition in ways that improve social equity.

In this webinar, Dr. Shi discusses her research on the vulnerability of municipal budgets in Greater Boston to climate change; and how to approach development in ways that promote equity, resilience, and fiscal responsibility.

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