Harvard Climate Week: Bud Ris on “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead”

Date: April 24, 2017
Location: Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Questions? Please contact Jeff Fitton ([email protected]).
Audience: This event is open to the public.

The Harvard University Center for the Environment, in cooperation with a wide variety of partner institutions across the Harvard campus, has organized a week of climate change-related events called “Climate Week.”  This week-long program will give the Harvard community, as well as the interested public, exposure to some of the best scholarship and thinking related to climate change that we have at the University. More information about Harvard Climate Week is available here.

On Monday, April 24th, the Center for Green Buildings and Cities will present: “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead” with Bud Ris, Co-Chair, Climate Preparedness Working Group, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and Senior Climate Advisor, Barr Foundation.

Bud Ris’ career in environmental policy and non-profit leadership spans more than forty years. Currently he co-chairs the Climate Preparedness Working Group of the Green Ribbon Commission and is an advisor to the Barr Foundation. He has been actively involved in the design and implementation of the Climate Ready Boston project, which focuses on making Boston a more resilient city. From 2005 to 2014, Bud served as President and CEO of the New England Aquarium, where he led a successful, multi-year campaign to renovate the institution’s signature exhibits and strengthen its programs on marine conservation. Under his leadership, the Aquarium launched a nationwide educational program on climate change that now includes more than 100 museums and aquariums. Prior to that, Bud was a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where he led the Davos group’s program on climate change for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. From 1984 through 2003, Bud served as the chief executive officer of the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has long been in the forefront of research, education, and policy advocacy on climate change. Bud is a Trustee of Boston Harbor Now and the Greenway Conservancy and has served on many advisory committees for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts focused on climate change and waterfront development. In 2014 he was honored for his leadership on behalf of New England’s environment by the US Environmental Protection Agency.