The Adaptation Blueprint

Designing a New Policy Agenda for the Coast

For the next few years, coastal communities will be on their own to plan for and adapt to climate change. This is the time for new, bold thinking about how to plan, design, and finance the coastal cities of the future. This is the time to develop a blueprint for adaptation along the U.S. coast.

Sponsored by the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, the Wharton Risk Management Center, and the Ian McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, the Adaptation Blueprint will feature several of the world's leading scholars and practitioners convening to develop a new agenda for adaptation. The program for the day is as follows:

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 9:30 Opening Keynote: Eric Holthuas
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 11:30 New Approaches to Designing and Implementing Coastal Resilience

  • Billy Fleming (moderator),
  • Catherine Seavitt,
  • Rafi Segal,
  • Matthijs Bouw,
  • Karen M'Closkey and
  • Keith Van der Sys

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Planning the Next Generation of Coastal Communities

  • Alan Berger (Moderator),
  • Sam Brody,
  • Fadi Masoud,
  • Smita Rawoot,
  • Ellen Neises, and
  • Allison Lassiter

2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:15 Innovative Policy and Finance for Coastal Adaptation

  •  Carolyn Kousky (Moderator),
  • Carlos Martin,
  • Joyce Coffee,
  • Ann Phillips,
  • Shannon Cunniff

4:15 – 5:00 Closing Keynote: Jeff Goodell
5:00 – 6:00 Reception