Turning Up the Heat: Climate Resilience and Community Engagement

Location: Raytheon Theater at the Egan Center, Northeastern University
Sponsored By: Northeastern University School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and its research center, the Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy, in partnership with the UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab

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Climate resilience is rarely stated as a top priority by diverse urban communities struggling with issues of housing affordability, economic mobility, education, food deserts, crime, opioid addiction, homelessness, and youth employment and training. Yet community engagement with climate resilience opens pathways to STEAM education, youth employment and training, lowered energy consumption, and knowledge sharing across global communities in ways that can create approaches to solutions to the generally prioritized issues.

Resilience planning and community engagement is a humanistic way of combining disciplines such as community planning, infrastructure development, health and wellness, architecture and urban policy development, youth education and training, place-making and the arts, AI and data analysis, social psychology, law, and engineering. Our goal with the Turning Up the Heat conference will be to bring together people from these multiple disciplines and community stake-holders, to engage in discussions around how communities can be better engaged in resilience planning and training for green jobs of the future.



When: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth St, Boston, MA 02115
Cost: FREE

The event will be live-streamed via Facebook Live. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the feed.



Welcome: 8:45 a.m.: Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

Panel 1: 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Jennie C. Stephens – Director, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA)
Jennie Stephens is the Director of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, and Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy. She is also the Director for Strategic Research Collaborations at Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute.

Atiya Martin – Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.

Rich McGuinness – Boston Planning and Development Agency
Rich McGuinness oversees resilience and sustainability programs at the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Hajar Logan – ACE Environmental Justice
Hajar Logan works at Alternatives for Community and Environment and has served as the Board President and Chief Executive of Enterprise Development Trust Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Wellesley College.

David Queeley – Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
David Queeley is the Director of Eco-Innovation at the CSNDC. His work focuses on making sure Codman Square serves residents in positive ways by promoting stability, opportunity, and skill enhancement to empower individuals to improve their lives.

John Wihbey – Northeastern University School of Journalism
John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University, where he heads the graduate programs in the School of Journalism. He is the author of The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2019).

Panel 2: 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Joan Fitzgerald – Northeastern University SPPUA
Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic development and innovation.

Karen Mauney-Brodek – Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Karen Mauney-Brodek is the President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. She is responsible for all day-to-day operations, long-range planning and the fiscal health and wellbeing of the Conservancy. She is central to the planning of Boston’s Olmsted birth bicentennial.

Alicia Sasser-Modestino – Northeastern University SPPUA
Alicia Sasser-Modestino is Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Economics, and Associate Director of the Dukakis Center within the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Her work focuses on youth development, and she is the lead author of the 2019 Boston Housing Report Card.

Rebecca Herst – University of Massachusetts, Boston
Rebecca Herst has worked at Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability, and at the Urban Land Institute on climate resilience projects. Her work focuses on how climate change will disproportionately impact low income communities and communities of color.

Jen Stevenson – Climable
Jen Stevenson is the Director of Research and Operations at Climable. She holds a Master of Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish from Middlebury College.

David Corbie – Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager, City of Boston
David manages the Greenovate Boston Leaders program. David previously worked as a Community Organizer in Roxbury and Dorchester, working on issues around health disparity, civic engagement, economic disparity, and racial equity. He also oversaw a program that worked to develop the next generation of civic leaders within the Black community.

Panel 3: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Amy Longsworth – Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Amy Longsworth is Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. She worked for years as a corporate sustainability strategy consultant.

Brian Helmuth – College of Science, SPPUA, Northeastern University
Brian Helmuth is Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy. His research focuses on predicting the ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems, and on the development of products that are scientifically accurate, understandable, and useful by diverse stakeholders.

Alice Brown – Boston Harbor Now
Alice Brown is Director of Planning at Boston Harbor Now. She focuses on mobility choices including developing business plans for ferry use, and on activating open spaces such as the Harbor Walk. She has worked at the Boston Transportation Department and at Sasaki Associates.

Robin White – Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
Dr. Robin White is the Executive Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served as Executive Director at the Community and Regional Resilience Institute and as Senior Mediator and Program Director at Meridian Institute.

Tom O’Shea – Trustees of Reservations
Tom O’Shea is the Trustee of Reservation’s Director of Coastal and Natural Resources. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master of Forestry from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Maine.

Keynote: 12:15 p.m.

Remarks from Uta Poiger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
Michelle Wu has been a voice for accessibility, transparency, and community engagement in city leadership. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President. In 2016, Councilor Wu was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as part of Marie Claire magazine’s New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.

Concluding Remarks & Next Steps: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sandy Bagley – MassEnergy
Sandy Bagley has served as Board President of MassEnergy, a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides energy services to Massachusetts residents of limited financial means. She is also a Democratic State Committeewoman.

Lori Nelson – City of Boston Resilience Chief
Lori Nelson is Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer and formerly oversaw communications and Constituency Services for the Boston Housing Authority. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Barbara Lee Foundation and chairs the Political Action Committee for the Black Ministerial Alliance.

Ted Landsmark – Dukakis Center, Northeastern University
Ted Landsmark is Distinguished Professor of Practice and Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy at SPPUA at Northeastern. He holds degrees in environmental design, law, and American material culture. He serves on the Board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency, and holds Emeritus status at the Museum of fine Arts, and the Boston Architectural College.


This event is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and its research center, the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, in partnership with the UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab.


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