Mass ECAN September News

Mass ECAN September News

Our monthly newsletter provides curated information relevant to our community of practice. See below for:

Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to with ideas about what our Network should tackle next. Hope to see you at the Mass ECAN conference!



Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Register for the Mass ECAN Conference 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Mt. Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, Newton

Our annual conference is a chance to advance adaptation action and to connect and collaborate with peers working across the state. 

Registration is now open here! Stay tuned for additional details about the agenda.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, email Melissa at

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!
Julie Wormser
Deputy Director
Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)

Bio: At MyRWA, Julie focuses on climate resiliency and founded the Resilient Mystic Collaborative.  Prior to joining MyRWA, she was the Vice President for Policy and Planning at Boston Harbor Now.  As Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, Julie was instrumental in drawing attention to Boston's need to prepare for coastal flooding from extreme storms and sea level rise. She has a BA in biology from Swarthmore College and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She lives with her family on an urban microfarm with a small flock of spoiled chickens and two misunderstood cats.
Climate change adaptation project she’s currently excited about: In September 2018, Julie helped launch the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, a voluntary partnership among 14 municipalities and over 80% of the land base of the Mystic River Watershed, from Reading through Revere. This June, MyRWA and the RMC secured grants exceeding $1.1 million to help Mystic Watershed communities collectively prepare for extreme weather, including managing stormwater flooding and water quality on a watershed level and increasing the resilience of vulnerable residents during and after extreme weather events.
Workshop being offered by the Climate Communications Expert Work Group
Our affiliated Climate Communications Expert Work Group is partnering with MassLand (Mass Land Trust Coalition) to host a workshop on September 12th, from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Attendees will learn how to more effectively communicate about climate change using research-based guidance compiled specifically for land trusts. Registration is now open here. 

News - The State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan implementation team, called the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT), has launched.

Event - The EEA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program team is hosting several informational sessions about the program and application inquiries. Click here to view the sessions between 9/11 and 9/25 with links to register. Please only sign up for one.

Event - Blue Carbon in Our Backyard, hosted by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The discussion will cover the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project, as well as blue carbon in coastal ecosystems. Tuesday, Sept 10th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Register here.

Event - Climate Change, Changing Health: Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change, September 20th, 7:15 AM - 11:45 AM. The forum will take place at the UMass Club in Boston. Register here.

Event - MACC's Fall Conference - Fundamentals Training & New Climate Change Workshops, Saturday Oct. 19th. Learn about community climate resilience with workshops focused on urban forests, native plants and pollinators, and culvert replacement. Register here.

Event - Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) is hosting their second annual Climate Preparedness Week from Sep. 24th - 30th. To find out how you can participate along with a large number of community partners, click here.

Job - Climate Resilience Program Manager, City of Boston. 

This month is a choose-your-own-adventure among three very different reports and publications:

1) The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report on the relationship between land use and climate change. Several takeaways can be applied to the New England area, courtesy of WBUR. Read the full report here.

2) The Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) network has released a fourth publication of their Management Challenges series. It explores the relationships between invasive species and climate change, and describes our region's higher level of risk. Download the one pager here.

3) The Barr Foundation, in partnership with the Consensus Building Institute, has released a report on "Pathways to Climate Resilience" including approaches specific to the Greater Boston area and with a focus on the municipal scale. Read more here, and access the full report here.