Community Conversations: Coastal Communities and Climate Change Harbor Tour
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Date: August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Climate change impacts us all, but in different ways and with a variety of outcomes. This year’s Community Conversations series will focus on some of these impacts, existing and proposed efforts to mitigate the negative changes, and what we can do as individuals to address climate change in our communities. Join the Gables as we host Bill Golden aboard The Schooner Fame as we tour the harbor and discuss the existential threat to coastal communities of storm surge, sea level rise and storm water caused by melting glaciers and the increased destructive capability of storms. This discussion will focus on scientific data, available coastal resiliency options, public policy development and political will. We will also discuss the impacts on real estate, insurance and municipal tax base and what other regions in the United States and the world are doing to address climate change related flooding. Space is limited and registration is required. If cost is a barrier, please contact Zoe Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Golden is currently an adjunct full professor at the school of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences SUNY Stony Brook, a Member of the executive committee of the New York New Jersey Storm Surge Working Group and Manager of the Boston Harbor Regional Storm Surge Working Group. Bill has worked on environmental issues at every level of government from the White House to City Hall. Bill filed the lawsuit to clean up Boston Harbor that created the MWRA and, as a Massachusetts State Senator, sponsored environmental legislation, championed the establishment and expansion of commuter rail and ferry service and served as the chair of a statewide successful solid waste referendum. Bill has also owned renewable energy businesses in Nevada and Oregon and an international environmental services business out of Jakarta Indonesia. Bill is the Director and Co-founder of Real Pirates Salem, named “Best New Attraction” in Yankee’s 2023 Best in New England Travel Guide. Bill has degrees from Yale University, (BA) Harvard University (MPA) and BU School of School of Law (JD)