Equity and nature-based solutions are fundamental principles for successful community climate resilience. Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions can protect water quality, build resiliency to heat waves, address flooding and other climate-exacerbated natural hazards, and improve overall quality of life in communities where they are implemented. Equitable community engagement and participation is key to developing nature-based solutions that fully benefit local residents.
This webinar will showcase how Massachusetts programs and organizations are supporting nature-based solutions at the local level and share lessons learned about effective strategies for equitable community engagement and participation in environmental projects. This webinar features members of the MA Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions Expert Work Group, with speakers from the MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy, and Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) Program. Speakers will share successful techniques and case studies from environmental improvement and climate resiliency projects in the Blackstone Watershed, the City of Malden, and more!
• Gretchen Rabinkin – Executive Director, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
• Hillary King – Central MA Regional Coordinator, MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
• Stefanie Covino – Program Manager, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative
• Perri Sheinbaum – Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning Student
• Emma Gildesgame – Climate Adaptation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy