Thu, Oct 22 | Zoom meeting

Non-Member Payment for massFM First Annual Meeting

Join massFM for our first Annual Meeting! The meeting will include training by the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) on climate change tools developed by the GCC for managed retreat and legal aspects of equitable adaptation policy followed by a keynote panel discussion.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Oct 22, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Zoom meeting

About the Event

All are invited to this year’s Annual Meeting, which will be held online on October 22, 2020. The event will begin with a training by the Georgetown Climate Center on several climate change tools that the GCC has developed for managed retreat and legal aspects of equitable adaptation policy. The training titled "Managed Retreat Toolkit and Case Studies from the Adaptation Clearinnghouse on Retreat From Rising Seas" will be led by Katie Spidalieri, J.D., Senior Associate, Georgetown University Law Center.  

Managed retreat, or the voluntary movement and transition of people and ecosystems away from vulnerable coastal areas, is increasingly becoming part of the conversation as coastal states and communities face difficult questions on how best to protect people, development, infrastructure, and coastal ecosystems from sea-level rise, flooding, and land loss. Georgetown Climate Center’s new Managed Retreat Toolkit combines legal and policy tools, best and emerging practices, and case studies to support peer learning and decision-making around managed retreat and climate adaptation. Join us for a full discussion about this new tool, as well as Georgetown’s Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit, which aids local governments and community-based organizations nationwide that are centering equity in their adaptation initiatives.

A Keynote Panel: From the Berkshires to the Bay – an overview of flood mitigation challenges across the commonwealth will follow. We’ll be exploring the unique flood management challenges, solutions, and policy frameworks, as well as the latest tools and datasets, being used in each region across Massachusetts.  Out panel consists of scientists, practitioners, and policy makers who are spearheading the Commonwealth’s flood mitigation efforts:

  • Anne Herbst - Senior Regional Environmental Planner, MAPC. She works on environmental planning projects including climate adaptation and hazard mitigation.  
  • Kimberly Noake MacPhee, P.G., CFM - Land Use / Natural Resources Program Manager, FRCOG. Her work includes green infrastructure for stormwater management, fluvial geomorphology and erosion hazards, natural hazard mitigation, climate change, and watershed-scale planning.
  • Dr. Mark Borrelli - Director and Associate Scientist, CaPE Lab. Research Faculty, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. His research interests include coastal sedimentary processes in general and understanding how storms, sea level rise and anthropogenic impacts affect the coast in particular.

The Panel will be moderated by Bob Seay of GBH News, who has reported on Bay-State planning issues since 2010, and is aware of flood concerns in his hometown on the Cape.

The training and panel discussion will be followed by the formal Annual Meeting, which will cover accomplishments of the past year, establishment of new policies or bylaw amendments, and election of a new board. The whole event will last for 3 hours, and be followed by an opportunity for virtual networking.

Our mission at massFM is to create a forum for the exchange of local knowledge about floodplain management, to share that knowledge with the public, to inform municipal and statewide policies and procedures, and to improve the Commonwealth’s ability to mitigate flood hazards now and in the future. massFM strives to be inclusive across multiple disciplines, regardless of means. We welcome you to join us at our first annual conference.

  • Non-Member Annual Meeting

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