Building Equity into Nature-Based Solutions for Massachusetts Communities

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General note: The Boston chapter is pleased to partner with the EPA Region 1 on their ongoing Soak Up the Rain series. This series of free webinars, led by regional experts in policy, planning, engineering, landscape architecture and design, offers professional education sessions around green infrastructure, climate resilience, and nature based solutions. Sessions are presented in a live, online format; recorded, and then available online for on-demand viewing.

THIS SESSION: (recorded live 6/23/2022 and then available online afterward...)

Equity and nature-based solutions are fundamental principles for successful community climate resilience. Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions can protect water quality, build resiliency to heat waves, address flooding and other climate-exacerbated natural hazards, and improve overall quality of life in communities where they are implemented. Equitable community engagement and participation is key to developing nature-based solutions that fully benefit local residents.

This webinar will showcase how Massachusetts programs and organizations are supporting nature-based solutions at the local level and share lessons learned about effective strategies for equitable community engagement and participation in environmental projects. This webinar features members of the MA Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions Expert Work Group, with speakers from the MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy, and Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) Program. Speakers will share successful techniques and case studies from environmental improvement and climate resiliency projects in the Blackstone Watershed, the City of Malden, and more!


Gretchen Rabinkin - Executive Director, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Hillary King - Central MA Regional Coordinator, MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
Stefanie Covino - Program Manager, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative
Perri Sheinbaum - Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning Student
Emma Gildesgame - Climate Adaptation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

-- define "equity" and "nature-based-solutions," and articulate ways that they relate to each other, especially in the context of engaging communities in climate resilient design
-- describe how the Massachusetts state funded Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program has become a national model for bringing climate-resilient design and planning to a wide variety of cities and towns
-- describe how a watershed-based approach is a useful conceptual and physical design strategy when developing nature-based solutions
-- describe tools and techniques to incorporate equitable design approaches into a green infrastructure project, using the example case study of Malden River Works
-- identify at least three ways to start using equity-based-design in climate resilient planning
Gretchen Rabinkin, Boston Society of Landscape Architects; Hillary King, Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program; Stefanie Covino, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative; Emma Gildesgame, The Nature Conservancy; Perri Sheinbaum, Tufts Univ.
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