Climate Preparedness in Massachusetts

WED, JAN 25, 2017 (1:19:26)

By the end of this century, the coast of Massachusetts is expected to witness a sea level rise between two and six feet. And superstorms are expected to become more frequent and more powerful. This will create an urgent need for society to respond in new and creative ways. Policy makers and technologists will need to take a broad and systems-based approach to energy policy - including resiliency, efficiency, grid infrastructure and urban design. Adaptation will be necessary, but will itself not be sufficient. Further carbon reduction strategies - especially renewable and energy efficiency - will also be necessary. A group of experts talk about the policies that will shape Massachusetts’ strategy for future resiliency and explain some of the big data tools and models that will help us cope. There are also private sector responses and technologies that will enable us to accelerate and expand our emerging energy economy, while simultaneously adapting to the changing climate. Extra: Listen to an MITEF podcast with Peter Kelly Detwiler. Photo: Coast Guard/Flickr

+ BIO: John Sterman

John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is also the Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative.

+ BIO: Peter Kelly Detwiler

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, co-founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners has more than 25 years experience in the energy industry. Peter’s career has focused on the development of retail competitive markets, as well as new trends, technologies, regulatory and market developments, and sustainable solutions that create value in the energy space.

+ BIO: Brad Swing

Brad Swing advises the Mayor and Cabinet Chief on all local, state, and federal energy issues. Voting member, statewide Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. Boston #1 city for energy efficiency: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) (2015; 2013)

+ BIO: Maryrose Sylvester

Maryrose Sylvester is leading the business and employees in the exciting global transformation underway as world markets move toward energy-efficient solutions. She has expertise in software, hardware and service focused in automation, operations management and embedded computing. Previously, she was President & CEO of GE Lighting, and GE Intelligent Platforms serving the commercial, industrial and government industries. Sylvester holds a B.S. Degree in Procurement and Production Management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

+ BIO: Julie Wormser

Non-profit senior program director with twenty years of experience in natural resource policy, federal advocacy and negotiations. Senior strategist in multiple regional and national land conservation and fisheries policy campaigns.

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