ReACT: Resilient Infrastructure in Action Conference & Exhibit
November 19-20, 2020 – Worcester, MA
NEWEA’s Watershed Management, Stormwater and Sustainability Committees invite you to submit an abstract for a joint Specialty Conference & Exhibit. This event, ReACT Resilient Infrastructure in Action will be held in November 19-20, 2020 at the AC Hotel in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Global climate change is effecting our environment. As a result, we’ve seen increased temperatures, more intense and frequent precipitation and rising sea levels. The effects of climate change in combination with our aging infrastructure is a cause of great concern for State and local officials. In the past, we’ve relied on large centralized systems to solve our problems. However due to the uncertainty of climate change, we must look to the future. Embracing a combination of resiliency-based solutions with agility and flexibility infrastructure design may achieve the solutions we are seeking.
Resiliency in Action is the focus of this one-day conference. What are effective and sustainable strategies being used to plan, design and implement resilient projects and infrastructure in areas susceptible to a changing climate. In addition, the conference will explore existing funding programs throughout the region as well as future financial opportunities that can bring a resilient project to fruition.
Municipalities, utilities, watershed associations, state agencies and others that are responsible for transportation, water, sewer, stormwater and other infrastructure will be interested in attending this conference. Learn what communities are doing to enhance resiliency for our critical municipal infrastructure; how communities are financing these efforts; and how to find practical solutions to these complex problems. The conference will be structured to maximize dialogue and information exchange.
Submit abstracts on the following topics by Friday, May 1, 2020:
- Climate vulnerability assessments
- Resiliency planning and implementation at micro (e.g. community/facility) and macro (e.g. watershed) levels.
- Flood mitigation and adaptation
- Water supply resiliency and drought tolerance
- Climate impacts mitigation and adaptation
- Public & private funding and financing
- Examples of structural and non-structural solutions
- Sustainable planning, design and implementation
- Regulatory drivers and challenges