March Roundtable – Do Design Professionals Own the Risk of Climate Change?

Join us on March 6th to learn how climate change relates to the professional standard of care, and how effective risk management strategies incorporate resilience measures into design.

Our panel and topics include:

  • Patricia B. Gary, Partner, Donovan Hatem LLP
    Patricia will discuss how climate change is redefining professional liability risks, the limitations of FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps to identify flood risk, how this relates to the professional standard of care, and why new modeling tools inform best practices.
  • Kirk F. Bosma, P.E., Innovation Director/Senior Coastal Engineer, Woods Hole Group
    Kirk led the development of the Boston Harbor Flood Risk model which underpins the climate projections for sea level rise and storm surge, both in the greater Boston area, as well as across the state and in other regions as well. Kirk will discuss this model, which has been adopted by agencies, municipalities and private entities as the standard from which to assess and address the risk of climate change in the region.
  • Lisa Dickson, Associate Principal and Director of Resilience, Arup
    Lisa has led multiple climate change projects within Boston, across the US and for international organizations and corporations. She has a particular interest in the legal and financial risks associated with climate change, and how those could be leveraged to incentivize large-scale investment in resilience. Lisa’s presentation will focus on how recent events, such as the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) bankruptcy, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) initiative and other trends in the insurance and financial markets are fundamentally changing how that risk may be allocated moving forward, and what it means for design professionals.
  • Abbie Goodman, ACEC/MA Executive Director, Chief of External Affairs, TECET
    Abbie, Executive Director of ACEC, will discuss recently enacted Massachusetts legislation addressing Climate Change, as well as Climate Change legislation proposed in the Massachusetts legislature for the 2019- 2020 legislative session. She will also explain how you can help advocate these issues before the legislature this Spring.

This program will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 7:30AM to 9:30AM. If you would like to register for this event, click here or please email roundtable@donovanhatem.com.