Planning for Resiliency: Impacts of Climate Change in Northern New England

    February 05, 2020
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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    University of Southern Maine, Abromson Community Education Center (Rooms 214 & 215)
    88 Bedford Street
    Portland, ME 04101
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    Please note: Online registration has closed, but we will accept walk-ins at the door! 

    Climate change dominated the global news headlines in 2019 and early 2020, but what does it mean for Northern New England and the A/E/C industry? Join SMPS NNE on February 5, 2020 to find out! Our industry expert panel includes Curtis Bohlen, Ph.D., Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership at the University of Southern Maine; Elizabeth Hertz of Blue Sky Planning Solutions; Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Portland, Maine; and Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director for the City of South Portland, Maine. A light breakfast will be served. Key takeaways for attendees will include:

    • Priorities for Northern New England related to protecting local assets from severe weather and sea level rise
    • A strong understanding of local climate action and adaptation efforts and how these plans could impact upcoming projects
    • Design and construction trends resulting from the impacts of climate change
    • Best practices for partnering with municipalities and state & local agencies to design and construct with resiliency in mind

    Please note that we have reserved February 12th as a back-up date should we experience a winter storm on the 5th. 

    Parking is available on campus in the parking garage off Bedford Street for $2 per hour, per vehicle.


    Curtis Bohlen, PhD, Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) in Portland, is an aquatic and wetland biologist with a background in ecology, economics, and public policy. CBEP builds collaborative partnerships with agencies, organizations, and individuals with the goal of keeping Casco Bay and our nearly 1,000 square miles of watershed clean and healthy.  In recent years, the organization has expanded efforts to assist local communities to understand and to prepare for impacts of a changing coastal ocean. Curtis holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford and a PhD from Cornell.

    Elizabeth Hertz has a wealth of experience in natural resource planning, policy development, and program implementation from a variety of perspectives. Her 22-year career in state service was preceded by experience working on natural resource issues in the forestry industry and for the federal government.  She now runs her own business, Blue Sky Planning Solutions, and continues to work on natural resource related issues including climate change, wetland protection, and land use planning.  

    Troy Moon has seventeen years of experience working for the City of Portland, Maine. He is intimately aware of the issues that face our region when it comes to climate change. Troy fervently pursues ways to manage resources effectively and reduce carbon emissions, while preparing for the effects of climate change on the City in the coming years. Troy is currently managing Portland’s Smart City campaign that includes the conversion of streetlights to LED technology, enabling public Wi-Fi technology, and creating EV charging infrastructure. Troy’s experience will shape how you see climate change at a local level. 

    Julie Rosenbach is passionate about addressing climate change head on with a focus on developing and implementing programs to mitigate the effects of climate change on the local environment, make the switch to renewable energy sources, and educate the public about sustainable choices. With experience working in Washington, D.C. as an Environmental Protection Specialist for the E.P.A. and as the Sustainability Manager for Bates College before moving to her current position as Sustainability Director for the City of South Portland, Julie is sure to bring a wealth of knowledge to the panel.


    Rebecca Roy currently serves as the National Water Sector Marketing Lead for GEI Consultants, a 1,000+-person, multi-disciplinary engineering firm. She has 15 years of marketing experience dedicated to the A/E/C industry. Based out of GEI’s Portland, Maine office, Rebecca focuses her time on pursuing strategic opportunities in the water market and helping GEI provide the best value to their water clients possible. Rebecca has been involved in SMPS for her entire career. She is currently the President of SMPS' Northern New England Chapter and has served in various board positions for both the Northern New England and Boston Chapters.





    $55.00 SMPS NNE Member

    $55.00 SMPS Member (Outside NNE Chapter)

    $75.00 Not-Yet-a-Member

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship & 1 Registration

    $500.00 Premier Sponsorship & 2 Registrations

    $40.00 Government Employee

    $30.00 Student