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In June 2017, the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future and the Kendall Square Association (KSA) convened a panel of experts at MIT to identify local climate related business risks and explore potential collaborative strategies to mitigate these risks in Cambridge. Discussions focused on a range of climate resiliency initiatives including district storm water management, storm surge and sea level rise flood mitigation, heat stress mitigation and shared business continuity agreements that called for both community level solutions and a wider regional response. Facilitated group discussions that followed helped identify priority ideas of importance, and interest in joint action.

A table top exercise is proposed this fall to evaluate potential strategies and build stakeholder capacity for action in the face of emerging climate related business risk.

Panelists L-R: Suzanne Blake, MIT; Jim Goudreau,  Novartis; Kathy Watkins, City of Cambridge; Indrani Ghosh, Kleinfelder and moderator Brian Goldberg, MIT Office of Sustainability

Event Slides and Notes:

Urban Storm Water Management-Kathy Watkins, City Engineer, City of Cambridge

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Protection- Indrani Ghosh, Technical Leader, Climate Change Science, Kleinfelder

Shared Business Continuity Services-Suzanne Blake, Manager, Office of Emergency Management, MIT

Workshop Notes