JFK Presidential Library symposium

DSC_4631The National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure held its first symposium on November 12, 2013 at the John Kennedy Presidential Library Boston, Massachusetts.

This page — the symposium agenda — and following pages of notes, slide presentation and videos — provide a record of this first event which was entitled:

The Triple Threat of Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Storms and Aging Infrastructure:
Coastal Community Responses and The Federal Role

 NICHI President Jon Rotenberg, Former Vice President of US OPIC, Former Treasurer of the Robert Kennedy Action Corp, President Advanced Communications

Opening Remarks
NICHI Board Member William Delahunt, former US Congressman, Chairman The Delahunt Group  / Video Opening Remarks 1

9:30-10:15  Introduction  NICHI Board Member Paul Josephson, Partner Duane Morris
Former Chief Counsel and Chief of Authorities to the Governor of New Jersey  / Video Opening Remarks 2

Keynote Science Speaker  Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Senior Research Scientist, Earth Institute at Columbia University
Co-Chair Mayor Bloomberg’s Climate Change Commission; 
Co-Director Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN).   Key Climate Challenges for Coastal Zones: Lessons from New York City and Hurricane Sandy (slides) / Rosenszweig Video 1 / Rosenzweig Video 2 /   Rosenszweig 3 /  Rosenszweig 4

10:30-11:00 Introduction: Richard Taylor, Director, Suffolk University Real Estate Center, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation,  Boston  / Boston Plan Video 1

Speaker: Julie Wormser, 
Executive Director
, The Boston Harbor Association, 
Co-Author, Preparing for the Rising Tide — Preparing for the Rising Tide (slides)Boston Plan Video 2  /

11:00-11:30 Introduction: NICHI Board Member, Former Congressman William Delahunt, Chairman The Delahunt Group  — Louisiana Video 1

Speaker:  Garret Graves, Chairman
, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority — The Protection and Restoration of Coastal Louisiana (slides) /   Louisiana Video 2 Louisiana Video 3 /

 William B. Golden, NICHI Executive Director   — San Francisco Video 1 /

Speaker: Steve Goldbeck, Chief Deputy Director, 
San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission, 
The San Francisco Bay Plan  — The San Francisco Bay Plan (slides) San Francisco Video 2

12:45-1:15   Introduction: Louis Elisa, Executive Secretary Seaport Advisory Council, former US Representative from FEMA to NATO / Dutch Plan Video 1

Key Note Policy Speaker:   Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Royal Dutch Embassy, The Dutch National Plan: The Delta Commission — How the Dutch Keep Their Feet Dry (slides) /   Dutch Plan Video 2 Dutch Plan Video 3 / Dutch Plan Video 4 /

1:15-1:45  Introduction  
William B. Golden, NICHI Executive Director  / Norfolk Video 1 /

Speaker:  Ron Williams  Norfolk Assistant City Manager,
 City of Norfolk Virginia  — The Challenge in Norfolk (slides)  / Norfolk Video 2 DSC_4375

1:45:-2:15  Introduction
 William B. Golden, NICHI Executive Director  — Florida Video 1

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer L. Jurado,  

Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact, Broward County Staff Steering Committee Member, Broward County Director Natural Resources Planning and Management 
Division   — A Regional Approach to Community Resiliance (slides) / Florida Video 2Florida Video 3

William B. Golden, NICHI Executive Director

The Federal Role Video 1  /  Video 2    /  Video 3

Coastal Action Plans

  • Leader: NICHI Board Member Massachusetts State Representative Jim Cantwell
  • Joe Favaloro, Executive Director, MWRA Advisory Board
  • Rich Delaney, Executive Director, 
Center for Coastal Studies,
  • Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor Save the Bay,
  • Town of Scituate: Richard Murray, Selectman,
  • Jack Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts

Board Video 1Board Video 2 / Board Video 3  /

Closing Remarks
  Paul Josephson, NICHI Board Member, Partner Duane Morris

Closing Video 1