Thanks to generous support from the Barr Foundation, more than 450 people participated in the "Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum," held on November 9-10, 2010 at the New England Aquarium and the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse.
Additionally, over 100 people participated in two community meetings on November 22, 2010 at Maverick Landing in East Boston and on November 29, 2010 at the Harbor Point Community Center in Dorchester. All four events included open mike sessions that allowed for insightful comments and questions from the public.
Highlights of the Forum included keynote addresses by Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, Dr. Ellen Douglas of UMass Boston and Dr. Paul Kirshen of the Battelle Institute. Participants viewed specially-prepared maps by Drs. Douglas and Kirshen and Chris Watson of UMass Boston showing the potential impacts of sea level rise and climate change on Boston Harbor and local neighborhoods.
Wednesday's event at the Moakely Courthouse opened with a greeting from the City of Boston by Jim Hunt, Chief, Environmental and Energy Services, City of Boston and also included a panel response session. Participants in the panel response were Tom Kinton, Executive Director, Massport, David Begelfer, CEO, NAIOP Massachusetts, Hubert Murray, Sustainable Initiatives Manager, Partners HealthCare, and Leo Robinson, Chelsea City Council President. The forum closed with a wrapup by Kairos Shen, Chief Planner, City of Boston.