On April 6 John Clarkeson will offer a guest lecture on climate change adaptation in Massachusetts. The lecture will take place in Atwater Kent 116, from 12:00:1:00 pm.

As the only state Cabinet-level officer in the U.S. that overlooks environmental and energy agencies, Clarkeson has widespread experience and knowledge of topics ranging from water policy, smart growth, land protection and climate change to stakeholder inclusion in policy development.  His talk will summarize the work of the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee, especially those issues related to the Massachusetts economy and local government response.

Upon joining the EEA in 1996, Clarkson became a framer of the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative and assisted in the development of the numerous innovative programs and grants such as the Outdoor Classroom Program, the Watershed Stewardship Program, Communities Connected by Water and the Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant.  He provides staff support to the Sustainable Water Management Initiative as well as the state legislature’s Water Infrastructure Finance Commission and recently served as chair of the Commonwealth's Climate Change Adaptation Subcommittee on Local Economy and Government.  The final report of the Adaptation Advisory Committee is expected to be released during the month of April.  He also coordinates the student intern program for EEA, which is now accepting applications for internships over the summer of 2011.

The lecture is sponsored by the Environment and Sustainability Studies Program.

April 6, 2011

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