By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow

We are attending an event next month that we want to share with all our members.. the 4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum, hosted by Foundation for a Green Future. This event is on Tuesday, March 22nd, in honor of World Water day. The forum will focus on methods to rethink water management as the Commonwealth prepares for a changing climate.  Since we are in Boston, a coastal urban community, water management and climate change are both timely topics, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn how we can more efficient and prepared!

More about the Event:

The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) will present a game-changing plan to transform the way we manage water in our urban and suburban spaces.  The forum will encourage all participants to pose questions, add their insights, and think about new designs, systems and resource uses. 

Participants may join for one or more segment of this program.

Where:  BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum Program

1:00 pm  Secretary Matthew Beaton will open the 4th Annual Water Forum

1:10 pm  Brief greeting by Youth Representatives from the morning's Youth Summit led by Green Schools

1:15 pm  Panel Discussion:  Transforming Our Water and Energy Systems

3:00 pm  Panel Discussion ends. Short coffee break.

3:15 pm  Breakout Sessions

                 Breakout Session 1:  Infrastructure for a Livable Future

                 Breakout Session 2:  Design and Legislation

                 Breakout Session 3:  Resilient Water Systems

5:00 pm  Breakout Sessions end.

5:30 pm  Keynote speaker, Wenonah Hauter and Cocktail Reception.

The 4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum is brought to you thanks to the following partners:

The Office of Representative Chris Walsh
Boston Society of Architects
Charles River Watershed Association
City of Boston
MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority)
Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC)
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Green Schools

Forum Participants:

Foundation for a Green Future has the privilege of welcoming the Commonwealth's Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton. Representative Chris Walsh of the 6th Middlesex District will serve as Moderator. Panelists include:

  • Bob Zimmerman, Executive Director of Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)–  Bob will present a game changing way of treating water in our cities and towns which will be set up through CWERCs – Community Water and Energy Resource Centers.  The Forum continues into two breakout sessions.  The first will delve more deeply into the establishment of CWERCs and the second will look at ways our legislators and designers can support this transformative process.
  • Austin Blackmon, City of Boston's Chief of Energy,Environment and Open Space
  • Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
  • Bradley Campbell, Executive Director, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Carter Craft, Sr Economic Officer|Water and Resilience, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
  • Charlie Jewell, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Breakout Session 2:  Design and Legislation

  • Led by Senator Jamie Eldridge of the 5th Middleesex and Worcester District and Representative Carolyn Dykema of the 8th MIddlesex District

Breakout Session 3:  Resilient Water Systems

  • Led by Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER from Washington,DC:  “Water and Energy,” Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, author of Frackopoly

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

I – 290 Congress Street. #200. Boston, MA 02210

To register, or see more about the event, visit the website

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