Who is responsible for taking action?
The concept of urban resilience is the ability of residents, institutions, neighborhoods, businesses, and infrastructure within a city to survive, adapt, and thrive especially when faced with incredible stress, sudden spikes in activity, severe weather conditions, or population growth. Long term planning, research, and engaged leadership are required for a successful resiliency plan, but social equity and responsibility are also major factors in the urban resiliency equation.
Our Fall UNITE panel will feature ideas around the following questions:
- How are economic sectors, landowners, industries, and society members held accountable for actions that impact the resilience of the entire city?
- Does the proposed action plan consider a variety of social statuses and income levels?
- Are marginalized groups being included in the resilience decision making process?
In the city of Boston, we are fortunate to have several organizations, community leaders, and trailblazing institutions dedicated to ensuring the city’s resiliency facing the climate and social challenges that may lie on the road ahead. With these thoughts in mind, who should take action next?
Our diverse panel discussion is hosted by Shepley Bulfinch and is set to take place on Thursday evening September 21st.
Moderator: Jennifer Aliber, Shepley Bulfinch
Jennifer is a Principal and senior member of the Healthcare Practice Group at Shepley Bulfinch.
She focuses on programming, master planning and clinical planning with an emphasis on the strategic, operational and experiential requirements that drive space allocation. Jennifer is particularly interested in developing innovative planning models that result in improved efficiencies and care delivery. She has written extensively on a broad range of subjects, including “The Real Numbers” series that examined square footage requirements and building multipliers. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, graduating Summa cum Laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has served on the Board of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA) and the Center for Health Design Environmental Standards Council.
Panelist: Dr. Atyia Martin, City of Boston
Dr. Martin is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston.
Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the city as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies.
Dr. Martin was previously the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Her previous professional experience includes the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); and active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin has also been adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University.
Panelist: Aaron Lewis, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Aaron is a Principal Geotechnical and Structural Engineer with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.
Aaron is involved in diverse applications of civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering and consulting. His experience includes engineering for heavy civil infrastructure, excavation support design, flood risk evaluation and mitigation, marine engineering, precision movement monitoring, and constructability and construction cost analysis.
He has contributed substantially to the ASCE 7 Rain and Snow Load Subcommittee, particularly in the area of ponded rain loads on roofs. Aaron has authored papers on his activities and made presentations to industry groups and at public hearings.
Panelist: Carolyn duPont, Quantified Ventures
Carolyn leads the firm’s work in environmental and resilience finance, focusing on deploying Environmental Impact Bonds to bring private capital to pressing environmental issues across the United States. Prior to Quantified Ventures, Carolyn served on the investments team at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, making early-stage debt and equity investments in clean energy and water companies. Previously, she worked in San Francisco as a manager for the geopolitical strategy consulting firm Monitor 360, part of the Monitor Group. Before Monitor, Carolyn worked in executive search and recruiting for environmentally-oriented companies, social enterprises, and foundations.
In graduate school, Carolyn led research on green bonds and land conservation, as well as strategies for financing climate resilience investments in Boston. She worked with Encourage Capital on green infrastructure investments across U.S. cities and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carolyn serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land in Massachusetts.
Carolyn holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a BA with Distinction in Anthropology from Stanford University.
Doors open at 6:30pm; Discussion begins at 7:00pm.
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UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.