The Conway School and Pinchot University are pleased to announce the expert panel of instructors for their Aug. 10-11, 2015, joint workshop, offered with support from the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal:

Designing for Future Climates: Resilient Facilities, Communities, and Economies


Workshop leaders Wendi Goldsmith, [Conway ’90], Sustainability Consultant, Founder and former CEO, Bioengineering Group, Salem, MA (above, left) and. Natasha Lamb, [Pinchot ’07], Portfolio Manager, Director of Equity Research + Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital, Boston, MA (above, right), will be joined by  special guest instructors (left to right, below): Barbara Kessner Landau, Esq., Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP, Cambridge, MA; Cynthia McHale, Director, Ceres Insurance Program, Boston, MA; Edward A. Thomas, Esq., President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, Quincy, MA.

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You can register for the workshop here, with a $100 savings for early-bird registration by July 27.

The Workshop Instructors Bring a Wealth of Experience

Wendi Goldsmith is Director of the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal, She has been a pioneer in the field of green infrastructure design and the application of sustainability principles to natural resource planning, commercial development, and public infrastructure. Her main interest is structuring climate resilient communities based upon decision processes which correctly factor in change, uncertainty, surprise, rebound/recovery, and avoidance of unacceptable losses. Previously, she founded and led Bioengineering Group for 23 years during which the firm and its projects received top tier recognition, including the 2014 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from ASCE, two AIA Top Ten Green Awards, the Grand Conceptor Award from ACEC, and the Honor Award from AEE. As a consultant to the US Army Corps of Engineers for over 20 years, she helped shape the adoption of sustainable technologies for shoreline stabilization, river management, green building methods, and flood infrastructure. Wendi has led R&D programs for the US Department of Defense developing methods for evaluating and optimizing renewable energy and efficient infrastructure and site design, as well as ecosystem restoration design. Her roles span planning and design of large scale infrastructure projects, multi-state watershed management and restoration projects, stabilization and ecological enhancement treatments for riparian sites compromised by urban impacts, and flood management measures that incorporate renewable energy. She facilitates interdisciplinary collaborative design teams in adopting effective climate change adaptation strategies, serving as co-convener of NATO Advanced Research Workshops on the topic, hosted in Iceland and Denmark. A hallmark of her projects is stewardship and creative use of onsite resources, delivering triple bottom line value.

Wendi is a graduate of Yale University, where she earned degrees in Geology & Geophysics and Environmental Studies. She holds an MA in ecological landscape design from the Conway School, a MS in Plant and Soil Science from University of Massachusetts, and is completing her PhD at Aarhus University, Herning Denmark. She has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels and private Boards.

Natasha Lamb is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a portfolio manager at Arjuna Capital.  Specializing in the integration of sustainability and shareholder value creation, Natasha integrates Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) factors into fundamental investment decisions, while engaging corporate leadership to improve performance through shareholder proposals, dialog, and public policy advocacy.  Previously, Natasha was Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement and an Equity Analyst at Trillium Asset Management.  Natasha contributes thought leadership to the Guardian; as a Ceres Coalition member, advising corporate leadership; through the United Nations’ UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group; and as a founding organizer of Greater Boston Slow Money.  In 2013 Natasha was nominated for the SRI service award for engaging natural gas companies on high global warming potential methane emissions.  In 2014, her landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk.  Natasha teaches sustainable investing at Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she sits on the Board Finance Committee. She is a trustee of The Food Project.  She holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University), a pioneer in sustainable business education, and received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

Barbara Kessner Landau is an attorney with Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP.  She specializes in environmental and land use law and in design and construction law. Barbara brings these complementary disciplines together to provide her clients with practical guidance in business and environmental planning. She assists design and construction professionals with licensing, contracts, ownership transitions. and general business matters. In her environmental practice, she assists municipalities, property owners, and non-profit organizations with environmental planning and compliance, including stormwater management, wetlands compliance, brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, and solid and hazardous waste management.  Prior to joining Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP she held positions as General Counsel of a brownfields developer; as the Brownfields Coordinator at MassDEP designing and implementing the Massachusetts Brownfields Act; and as Assistant General Counsel of the MA Executive Office of Economic Affairs. Barbara also practiced environmental law at BCK Law and Foley Hoag. Barbara has written articles and presented numerous seminars on climate change, green building and sustainable design; brownfields redevelopment and hazardous waste site cleanup. Barbara received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and her B.A. from Oberlin College.

Cynthia McHale is a director in the Insurance Program at Ceres. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and insurance brokers, and is currently working with insurers to promote and expand their commitment to, and implementation of climate risk adaptation and mitigation strategies. To accomplish this, Cynthia works across the insurance sector to deepen its collective understanding of the risks and opportunities introduced by climate change. Before joining Ceres, Cynthia managed Accenture’s Global Insurance Industry Program. Cynthia oversaw development, management and execution of the growth strategy for the global practice. Prior to this, as a strategy management consultant at Accenture, Cynthia worked directly with sector leaders to identify new opportunities for achieving profitable growth in a highly dynamic and competitive environment for risk reduction and transfer.  She began her career as a casualty underwriter at GenRe, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Cynthia’s other professional experience includes implementation of a micro-insurance program in East Africa and administration of a social responsibility code of conduct for U.S corporations with business operations in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Management from Hult International Business School.

Ed Thomas is President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, elected member of the Council of the State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association, and Chair of the Hazards Sub-Committee of the ABA’s Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado and is an active member of the American Planning Association and the American Geophysical Union. Formerly a Board Member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Ed now serves as Senior Liaison for their No Adverse Impact Committee. Ed retired from the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency after 35 years of public service. He worked primarily in Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response, and was also extensively involved in Community Development, during his nearly 10 years with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ed worked on two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s on-scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times. He frequently lectures on Emergency Management issues, especially the Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Floodplain Regulations. He has authored dozens of publications on Disaster related issues and participates on National Task Forces and other boards in developing National disaster-related and floodplain management policies. Ed has received numerous national and international awards including the nation’s highest award for Floodplain Management: The Goddard-White Award from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In addition, he received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the International Gulf of Maine Council, for his efforts in helping develop the NOAA StormSmart Coasts Program; and the first lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management; and the Arkansas “Silver Sandbag” Award. Attorney Thomas is a graduate of Fordham College and a magna cum laude graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston. He manages a private practice of Law, Edward A. Thomas Esq., LLC and lives with his wife in the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy, Massachusetts.

You can register for the workshop here.