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

Flooding_Wikipedia2A two-day professional development workshop for planners, designers, project reviewers, investors, and other decision-makers, in the beautiful Berkshire foothills

Co-sponsored by The Conway School and Pinchot University


Lead Instructors: Wendi Goldsmith, [Conway ’90], (below, left), Sustainability Consultant, Founder and former CEO, Bioengineering Group, Salem, MA. Natasha Lamb, [Pinchot '07], (below, right), Portfolio Manager, Director of Equity Research + Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital, Boston, MA.


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. 

See bios here.


Workshop Description (See detailed program here.)

Addressing climate change has often narrowly focused on public policy related to greenhouse gas emission controls and other issues seemingly out of most peoples’ hands.

In this workshop we will highlight specific roles for designers, planners, and project owners -- those who help shape the economy’s underpinnings -- in improving how buildings, infrastructure, and business processes affect and are being affected by changing climate.

Our investments in the built environment and its energy supplies are shaping future climate conditions. From warming oceans and weather extremes, to urban floods and regional droughts, threats related to climate change pose serious impacts to communities and businesses. 

In the course, participants will learn practical strategies that work, and will explore how to more broadly apply them. Discussions will focus on:

  • How feasible is it to pursue sustainable and climate-compatible pathways?
  • How can thought leaders from business, design, and other relevant fields join forces for improved results?
  • How can we better integrate resilient options into our decision-making? 
  • How can we better account for the known risks as well as unknown (or ignored) potential scenarios?

Come learn and play in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire Mountains 

We have made special arrangements with nearby Berkshire East Resort to offer discounts to workshop participants and their families who want to recreate while they are here. Berkshire East offers: zip-lining, riding the mountain coaster, mountain biking, and rafting. Fishing, hiking, and other recreational activities are also available in the area and it is a short drive to MASS MoCA and other summer destinations. After you register for the workshop you will receive a discount code for recreation at Berkshire East.


More about the Lead Instructors (See full bios here.)

Wendi Goldsmith is a seasoned entrepreneur and scientist recognized for leadership in sustainable development and climate resilient design.  She helps business and government to identify and operationalize emerging technology related to the built environment and industrial ecology. Her experience spans consulting, R&D, and numerous Board roles for NGO and business. She founded and for twenty-three years was the CEO of the Bioengineering Group.

Natasha Lamb is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a Portfolio Manager at Arjuna Capital, the sustainable wealth management platform of Baldwin Brothers Inc. 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. 

More about the Special Guest Instructors

Attorney Barbara Kessner Landau specializes in environmental, land use, and construction law. She has written articles and presented numerous seminars on climate change, green building and sustainable design; brownfields redevelopment and hazardous waste site cleanup.Her expertise includes stormwater management, wetlands compliance, brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, and solid and hazardous waste management.

Cynthia McHale, Director of Ceres Insurance Program, is working to promote the insurance industry’s understanding and leadership on climate risks and opportunities. She brings over twenty years of sector expertise working with many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and industry brokers.

For 35 years before becoming President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, Ed Thomas worked for the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency in Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response. He has authored dozens of publications on disaster related issues and participates in developing National disaster-related and floodplain management policies.


Register Now

$800 before July 28, 2015
$900 before August 6, 2015

Workshop: August 10-11, 2015

The Conway School
332 South Deerfield Road
Conway, Massachusetts

Come to learn and to recreate. Bring your family and friends.


See detailed program here.

A limited number of discounted workshop seats are available for current Conway or Pinchot students, incoming students, or graduates of these schools. Contact Elaine Williamson at:

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal.

 Lodging is available nearby.


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