Emerging Issues Forums

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
The MMA’s Annual Meeting will feature three Emerging Issues Forums on timely topics: climate change, community policing, and age-friendly communities. Unlike the Annual Meeting workshops, the forums are more of a wide-ranging, participatory discussion that is not focused on formal presentations.

1. Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation in Our Communities
Room 304, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center
The changing climate threatens our communities and our Commonwealth. Learn about what is happening in our global environment and how it is impacting our cities and towns. What can communities do to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to our changing environment? What role can municipalities take on to combat climate change?
Alicia Hunt is the energy and environment director/environmental agent in Medford.
Juliette Rooney-Varga is director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of environmental biology.
Katie Theoharides is the director of climate and global warming solutions at the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Keith Bergman is the town administrator in Littleton and president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Metropolitan-Boston Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report (4M PDF)
UMass Lowell - Climate Change Initiative (78K PDF)

2. Community Policing 2.0: Public Safety and Public Responsibility
Room 306, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Police officers are vital members of every municipality in the Commonwealth and put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe. Police-involved shootings in recent years have brought increased attention and scrutiny to police departments across the country. It is critical for municipal officials to work with their police and public safety partners to ensure that there is adequate civilian oversight, while providing police officers with the tools they need to effectively keep residents and visitors safe.
William Evans is the police commissioner in Boston.
Fred Ryan is the police chief in Arlington.
Dan Cortez is the community engagement specialist with the Chelsea Police Department.

3. Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth
Room 302, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Like the rest of the country, Massachusetts is seeing unprecedented growth in its senior population, and this trend is expected to continue. Communities are preparing for this surge in older residents in a variety of ways. This forum will explore some of these strategies, including healthy aging programs, the expansion of dementia-friendly communities, and housing and transportation initiatives.
Alice Bonner is the secretary of Elder Affairs.
Nora Moreno Cargie is president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Jay McQuaide is a senior vice president of corporate communication and citizenship at Blue Cross Blue Shield.