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Designing Boston: Can We Talk About Climate Migration?

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Communities around the world are working on solutions to make our buildings, streets and infrastructure resilient to more frequent storms and sea level rise associated with climate change. Very few, however, want to talk about the sensitive topic of managed retreat (commonly known as climate migration). How do you even begin talking about uprooting entire communities? Who will pay for it? Who makes these decisions? The BSA Foundation hosts a conversation that starts to address these questions. Hear from planning, economic development and community engagement leaders that have begun the task. Don’t miss the special remote appearance from the Center for Planning Excellence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they are actively working with residents from Isle de Jean Charles on relocating an entire community from their sinking island. Image: [www.pexels.com](https://www.pexels.com/ "pexels")

Armando Carbonell FAICP, Senior Fellow and Chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Carbonell has led the urban planning program at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy since 1999. After attending Clark University and the Johns Hopkins University, Carbonell spent the early part of his career as an academic geographer. He went on to initiate a new planning system for Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the founding Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission. In 1992 he was awarded a Loeb fellowship in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Carbonell later taught urban planning at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and served as an editor of the British journal Town Planning Review. He has consulted on master plans in Houston, Texas, and Fujian Province, China, and is the author or editor of numerous works on city and regional planning and planning for climate change, including the forthcoming Lincoln Institute book, Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Planning and Design. Carbonell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), and Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Image: [www.lincolninst.edu](https://www.lincolninst.edu/node/24801 "lincolninst.edu")
Ona Ferguson is a Senior Mediator at the Consensus Building Institute and lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At CBI, Ona designs and facilitates meetings on a range of environmental and public policy issues, as well as on organizational and strategic planning. For more than a decade, Ona has helped groups work constructively on natural resource and public policy issues including shoreline management, climate change planning, toxic site clean ups, and land use disputes. Image: [www.cbi.org](https://www.cbi.org/about/bio/ona-ferguson/ "cbi")
Darci Schofield joined MAPC in August 2017. She works with local, state, and federal agencies and community-based organizations providing technical assistance for sustainable and equitable management of natural resources. Her work is mainly focused on climate adaptation and resilience, hazard mitigation, stormwater management, green infrastructure, environmental justice, and open space and habitat protection. In addition to that, she designs and advances the agency’s environmental public policy agenda. Prior to joining MAPC, she was an Urban Program Director at The Trust for Public Land in Boston where she implemented climate-science geospatial planning and resilience with green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in 20 cities throughout MA and RI. Darci started at The Trust for Public Land in 2008 and previously held Project Manager II, Project Manager, and Senior Project Associate before being promoted in 2015. She first began her field in 1998 as a Conservation Organization, Executive Committee, Outings Coordinator at Sierra Club in Portland, ME. Darci holds a MS in Forestry from the University of Maine Orono and a BA in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology from Boston University. She also holds a Negotiation and Leadership Certification from Harvard Law School. Image: [www.mapc.org](https://www.mapc.org/staff-member/darci-schofield/ "mapc")
Jeannette has been with CPEX since 2010, focusing on developing and providing planning and implementation tools with and for Louisiana’s coastal communities. She has co-authored several of CPEX’s publications and worked with numerous coastal communities to identify opportunities for reducing flood risk and increasing overall resilience. Jeannette has a natural science background and earned a M. Sc. in Energy and Environmental Science from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, and B.Sc. in Biological Science from LSU in Baton Rouge. Image:[www.cpex.org](https://www.cpex.org/staff-list/ "cpex")