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Workshop Announcement: Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change


Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Risk in Decision-Making

This one-day course will introduce municipal leaders and planning professionals to the tools they need to better assess and manage the risks associated with climate change. Our approach helps community leaders to consider how they can alter everyday decision making to better prepare for the risks that may lie ahead. This course is tailored specifically for the needs of suburban and rural communities. The key concepts introduced will be “scenario planning” and collaborative approaches to decision-making.

Workshop Leaders

Patrick Field is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Patrick has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada. Learn more about Patrick Field.

Steve Aldrich is the founder and President of Bio Economic Research Associates LLC, an independent research and consulting firm specializing in complex issue analysis at the intersection of our emerging knowledge of biology and the economy. Steve studied evolutionary biology and has more than 25 years of experience working in various industries, including energy planning.

Pre-registration required. Register by emailing

*Registration fee: $45 for two participants, bring your own lunches.

*$30 for two participants if at least one person is a member of MACC or The Trustees of Reservations.

This workshop is co-sponsored by:
Consensus Building Institute
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
Massachusetts Citizen Planners Training Collaborative
Massachusetts Climate Action Network
The Trustees of Reservations’ Putnam Conservation Institute



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