Mass ECAN May News

Mass ECAN May News

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Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
John Bolduc
Environmental Planner,
City of Cambridge

Bio: John brings 30+ years of experience in municipal environmental protection and has been with the City of Cambridge since 1997. His work is centered on responding to the climate crisis and covers a range of issues including local climate change adaptation planning and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from building energy use. John’s projects include: managing the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) and Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience (CCPR) Plan; administering the Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance; implementing MVP Program grants; participating in regional climate collaborations; and supporting the Urban Forest Master Plan.
Climate change adaptation project he’s currently excited about: The CCVA spatially identified physical and social indicators of vulnerability to climate change impacts out to the year 2070. John is now managing the development of the City of Cambridge’s Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience Plan, in coordination with the Envision Cambridge comprehensive plan and the Urban Forest Master Plan. John’s science-based approach to climate change adaptation is positioning Cambridge as a national leader in climate change planning.

MVP Service Provider Training - June 25th, 146 Dascomb Rd., Andover, sponsored by The Engineering Corp. Workshop for certification to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the vulnerability assessment and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness report using the Community Resilience Building Framework (CRB). RSVP to Meg Colclough at by June 18 and include your job title, organization/municipality, and email address. Registration will be capped at 50 people.

Grant Opportunity - The FY 2020 Request for Responses (RFR) for the MA CZM Coastal Resilience Grant Program is open until June 3. $3 million in funding is available with up to $750,000 per project.

Event - ASAP Boston Hub Event, June 19, 6 PM. Join the American Society of Adaptation Professionals for a visit to the City of Cambridge's new climate change art exhibit Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute, in the Cambridge City Hall Annex at 344 Broadway, then around 7 PM head to Lamplighter Brewing. RSVP to Greg Hanafin at

Event - The Sustainable Solutions Lab and Environmental Business Council are hosting their next Climate Adaptation Forum, titled "Disruptive Climate, Disruptive Technologies" on Friday, June 7 at the UMass Club, Boston. Details are available here.

Course - The Conway Institute, partnering with the Collaborative for Educational Services, is sponsoring a workshop for teachers grades 4-12 titled "Climate Change in the Classroom" on June 28 & 29 at the Conway School of Sustainable Planning and Design, Northampton. Includes hands-on, authentic, and actionable exercises that teachers can take back to their home school. 15 professional development credits offered. No science background required. One competitive scholarship offered to a Title 1 school teacher. For more information or to register by June 17, see here or contact CJ Lammers at

Job - Program Associate, EDF Climate Corps, Environmental Defense Fund, Boston (posted May 7)

Job - Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Boston (posted May 6). Responsibilities include promotion of sound adaptation measures to increase coastal resilience.

This new newsletter section, The Mass ECAN Reader, is a chance for us to share a report or publication that we're reading this month. 

The Climate Resilience Fund in partnership with The Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund have released a new report on "Managing Climate Risks for Conservation Investments."

This report provides practical guidance to funders, including private foundations, individuals, or public agencies, for reducing their conservation investment risk in the era of climate change. As with previous WCS reports, it does a wonderful job highlighting what makes climate adaptation different from business as usual - in this case through lessons learned based on experiences running a climate-smart grant program.The report is a must-read for organizations interested in the resilience and longevity of their conservation investments.

In case you missed it, you can find Reflections on April's National Adaptation Forum here.

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