The Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future and the Kendall Square Association (KSA) invite you to an in-depth workshop on “Responding to Local Climate Risk through Collaborative Action” on Thursday, 1 June 2017. Hosted by MIT, this workshop will convene a panel of local experts to identify local climate-related business risks and explore potential collaborative strategies to mitigate these risks in Cambridge. The panel will be followed by facilitated group discussions to explore interest and potential in joint action and identify priority ideas of importance. Open to all staff from Compact or KSA member organizations.

Climate resiliency initiatives to be discussed include:

  • Shared business continuity agreements
  • District storm water mitigation and management
  • Storm surge and sea level rise flood mitigation
  • Heat stress mitigation
  • Collective policy and advocacy for key utility and infrastructure service reliability
  • Shared processes and tools for evaluating vulnerabilities and prioritizing resiliency strategies

Who Should Participate – Facility managers, planners, and designers; corporate/institutional sustainability staff; business continuity professionals; emergency and risk management staff; finance and administration leadership; and others interested in the diverse set of issues and opportunities surrounding climate resiliency. Please forward this invitation to relevant people in your organization. Open to all staff from Compact or KSA member organizations. RSVP required. RSVP to Veena Dharmaraj,

Date:                     Thursday, 1 June 2017

Location:              MIT – Kendall Square, Building E25, Room 401 (4th floor), 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Time:                     8:30 am – 11:00 am

8:30-9:00 am Coffee and networking
9:00-9:30 am Presentations by Panel of Experts

Moderated by Brian Goldberg, Sustainability Project Manager, Office of Sustainability, MIT

§  Power of Collective Climate Action, Jim Goudreau, Head of Climate, Novartis

§  Urban Storm Water Management, Kathy Watkins, Chief Engineer, City of Cambridge

§  Sea Level Rise / Storm Surge Protection, Indrani Ghosh, Technical Leader, Climate Change Science, Kleinfelder

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

9:30–10:00 am Facilitated Q & A
10:00-10:45 am Breakout Group Discussions on Collaborative Action Topics
10:45-11:00 am Wrap Up and Next Steps

This Resiliency Resource Guide has additional information on climate risks in the Boston area.