Courses, Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change
- Location(s): Ongoing Online Course
- AICP CM Credits: 2.50
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Lawrence Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT, Vice Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of the Consensus Building Institute (CBI). He is an experienced public and environmental dispute mediator and a leading figure on conflict resolution. CBI is a non-profit organization that provides mediation services to public and private clients throughout the world.
Patrick Field is Managing Director of CBI and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He leads CBI's Energy, Environment, and Land Use practice and has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada. Patrick is experienced at working with diverse large groups at the interface of policy, politics, and technical complexity, those seeking collaborative action and public engagement, and socially disadvantaged groups such as Native Americans and First Nations.
Stephen C. Aldrich is President and founder of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-era), and a business and strategy analyst with extensive experience in applying scenario planning to business decision-making. He has worked closely with many companies and institutions on their pandemic plans and has authored and co-authored numerous bio-era reports on emerging infectious disease and pandemic impacts, including “Thinking Ahead: The Business Significance of Avian Influenza”, and “Thinking Ahead: Using Scenarios in Pandemic Preparedness.”
Paul Kirshen is a Research Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Environmental Research Group of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. Prior to this he worked as a Climate Change Adaptation Research Leader at Battelle Memorial Institute along with being a professor at Tufts University.
This course is adapted from a two-day course developed by Larry Susskind, Patrick Field and Todd Schenk at the Consensus Building Institute in collaboration with Steve Aldrich of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-eraTM), and Paul Kirshen, at Battelle. It introduces decision makers to tools for climate change adaptation planning. Using videos, interactive exercises, and self-assessments, the course walks learners through lessons on climate change risks, climate downscaling, collaborative decision-making, and scenario planning. Decision makers can use these practical tools for everyday land use, development, and infrastructure decisions to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience.
This course qualifies for Certification Maintenance credits from the American Institute of Certified Planners, Department of Planning and Urban Form AICP CM Credits: 2.50
- Understanding and Responding to Risks Associated with Climate Change - Lawrence Susskind
- Setting the Table: Assessment & Convening - Patrick Field
- An Introduction to Scenario Planning - Stephen C. Aldrich
- Understanding the Local Impacts of Climate Change - Paul Kirshen