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Water: Visions of the Future

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Water: Visions of the Future

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 9AM - 1PM
Tufts Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA

Our relationship to water is different than it used to be. Instead of keeping it at bay, planners now strategize safe ways to let the ocean come into coastal cities. Instead of fighting against nature, farmers now adopt regenerative practices that promote the soil and watershed health. Instead of separating it from the world, conservationists now protect water quality for all ecosystems, including human livelihoods. In short, we are learning to live with water. What will our future relationship to water look like, and how will we shape it? Join practitioners from the front lines of industry, government, and advocacy as we consider a positive and dynamic future for water.

This 10th Annual event will include guest presentations from practitioners in industry, government, and advocacy. Current students will also present their research. After the sessions, lunch will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to network and speak with presenters.

Cost: Tickets $10, lunch included



Check-in 9:00-9:30 Coffee, tea, pastries
Welcome 9:30-9:45 Ann Rappaport, Tufts University, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Ujjiyant Chakravorty 9:45-10:00 Tufts University, Department of Economics
Sarah Valencik 10:00-10:15 Board Member, Massachusetts Oyster Project
Brooke Barton 10:15-10:30 Senior Director, Food and Water, Ceres
Break 10:30-10:45 Coffee, tea, pastries
Student Project Presentations 10:45-11:00 Projects with the Cape Cod Commission and the Ipswich River Watershed Association
Alison Bowden 11:00-11:15 Conservation Director of Rivers, Coasts and Lands, The Nature Conservancy
Julie Conroy 11:15-11:30 Climate Team Project Manager, Kleinfelder
Panel 11:30-12:00  
Networking lunch 12:00-1:00 Sandwiches & salad


Brooke Barton is the senior director of water and food at Ceres. She directs Ceres' strategy for mobilizing leading investors and companies to address the sustainability risks facing our freshwater, food and agriculture systems. In this capacity, she oversees Ceres’ research and private sector engagement activities on the financial risks associated with growing freshwater challenges and deforestation.

Alison Bowden is The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Director, Rivers, Coasts & Oceans. Her current focus areas are mainstreaming nature-based solutions to improve water quality and resilience to extreme weather, and crafting holistic approaches linking aquatic habitat and fisheries management. She chairs the Habitat committee of the River Herring Technical Expert Working Group convened by NOAA and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and is a member of the Taunton River Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council.

Ujjayant Chakravorty is Professor of Economics at Tufts University and Fellow at the Toulouse School of Economics and CESifo. His current work involves estimating the economic benefit of reliable electricity in rural India, studying groundwater markets in India and China, the effect of US biofuel mandates on world food prices and poverty and the relationship between deforestation and household time allocation.

Julie Conroy has been an environmental analyst and planner for nearly 20 years. She currently works for Kleinfleder as the Climate Team Project Manager. She also Co-Chairs the Boston Harbor Now Climate Task Force and serves on the Board of Advisers for BU’s City Planning and Urban Affairs Program.

Ann Rappaport is a senior lecturer in the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her current research interests include enterprise-level decision making with respect to the environment, institutional responses to climate change, voluntary initiatives related to companies and the environment, and contemporary issues in corporate social responsibility.

Sarah Valencik is a board member of the Massachusetts Oyster Project. She is in charge of their upweller in Gloucester, and is looking forward to a third season of raising and releasing oysters into the wild.