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The Shore of the Future

A Big Conversation Series event


Keynote Speaker



Sea level rise associated with climate change is a clear and growing coast-wide threat facing every resident and business in all of New Jersey’s shoreline communities. Assessing and addressing this risk effectively requires a coast-wide plan of action. The framework for forging a coast-wide response strategy was the focus of a round-table discussion during New Jersey Future’s 2017 Redevelopment Forum. All of the participants agreed that this important topic is so broad, and the obstacles so numerous, that a wider conversation is needed in order to explore the implications fully and outline a course of meaningful action.

To continue this conversation, New Jersey Future invites you to a symposium, the first in our series of Big Conversations, specifically to discuss what a coast-wide response to climate change and risks associated with sea-level rise should entail.

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Location: War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton. Use side entrance on Lafayette St. closest to the next door hotel. (get directions and parking info)

Registration: The event is free, but you must register here.  This program has been approved for 2.75 AICP certification-maintenance credits.

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Tentative Agenda

8:15– 9:00 – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome

Peter S. Reinhart Esq., Chairman, New Jersey Future Board of Trustees; Kislak Real Estate Institute, Monmouth University

9:15 – 10:00 – What’s at Stake
With the effects of climate change accelerating, New Jersey’s coastal areas could face up to six feet of sea level rise early in the next century. This panel will talk about the risks and vulnerabilities facing state and local infrastructure, residents, and businesses in the near and longer-term.

udvardy Shana Udvardy CFM, Climate Preparedness Specialist, Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists (Moderator)

Shana Udvardy is the climate preparedness specialist with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to build support for increasing resilience to climate change impacts. Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy. Ms. Udvardy also worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

herb Jeanne Herb, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance; Associate Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Jeanne Herb leads a variety of projects and programs related to environmental policy and sustainability, including co-facilitating the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance, a public-private partnership building capacity to prepare for climate change impacts and to develop public policies that promote resilience.
Prior to joining the Bloustein School, Ms. Herb was assistant commissioner for policy, planning and science at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she oversaw programs related to climate change, environmental justice, sustainable development and “green” design, state planning, environmental health tracking, smart growth, and coastal and ocean policy. Ms. Herb also spent six years as manager of the public policy program at Tellus Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting “think-do” tank that focuses on environmental policy, sustainable development, corporate governance and energy planning.

lee-allen Tiphany Lee-Allen, Assistant Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service

Tiphany Lee-Allen has more than 10 years of experience in the public finance sector. She is responsible for a portfolio of municipal tax and revenue backed transactions and green bonds. She manages public ratings and sector research for approximately 500 transactions totaling more than $75 billion. Additionally, she serves on the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) task force, where she helps to ensure the transparent and consistent integration of ESG risks into Moody’s ratings and research. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2010, Ms. Lee-Allen worked with the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Kampala, Uganda, where she helped to develop a micro-finance backed sustainable investing initiative.

lloyd Edward Lloyd, Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor in Environmental Law, Columbia Law School

Edward Lloyd is a leading expert in environmental legal issues and citizen suit litigation. He was the founding director of the Rutgers University Law School Environmental Law Clinic. He has lectured frequently on environmental legal issues and on citizen suit litigation, as well as in numerous environmental courses. He has also served as staff attorney and executive director of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, where he continues to serve as general counsel. Mr. Lloyd is a member of the Earth Institute’s Academic Committee, the Litigation Review Committee of the Environmental Defense Fund, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Environmental Litigation. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Eastern Environmental Law Center.

sample Liz Semple, Manager, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Liz Semple is the manager of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, which oversees the coastal management program grant. Since Hurricane Sandy, her office has received five competitive federal grants from four agencies to provide over $15 million in resilience planning assistance to New Jersey coastal communities. Ms. Semple also currently represents New Jersey in MARCO and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body.

spodofora Hon. John Spodofora, Mayor, Stafford Township

John Spodofora has been a resident of Stafford Township since 1957. He was elected to its Township Council 1988. In addition to his years of service as mayor, he was chairman of the Stafford Township Environmental Commission from 1986 to 2011. During his years on Township Council, he occupied various roles, including liaison to the fire department and member of the building department, community development department, Planning Board, and Zoning Board. In 1990, he was presented with the President Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award for his work in cleaning up and restoring Manahawkin Lake. His development of bioretention basins and watershed management standards was recognized with a National Lawrence Enerson Award from the Arbor Day Foundation in 1994. He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 1994 National Award of Engineering Excellence for developing a comprehensive stormwater management design and ordinance. More recently, he has been recognized by Alliance for the Living Ocean as a Friend of the Sea and inducted into New Jersey Elected Officials Hall of Fame.

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

10:15 – 11:30 – Where We Need To Go
Currently, state agencies in New Jersey deliver only spottily the policy frameworks and funding needed to protect communities against climate-related catastrophes, while most coastal municipalities are overwhelmed by the threats of climate change. This panel will talk about pragmatic and innovative regional solutions and policies for the next administration to implement in order to protect against future disasters, and ways to build the political will to implement them.

fuchs Matt Fuchs, Officer, Environment, Pew Charitable Trusts (Moderator)

Matt Fuchs has developed policy on disaster resilience for state and federal government and, most recently, in the non-profit realm with the Pew Charitable Trusts. He received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Thought Leadership Award for designing Resilience STAR, a government-backed label for structures built to withstand impacts of extreme weather. At FEMA, he managed the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, coordinating disaster mitigation and resilience across the federal government. Prior to joining DHS and FEMA, he worked in Maryland as a senior analyst for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Currently Matt is an officer at Pew, where he researches policy solutions to improve community resilience.

ceberio Robert Ceberio, President, RCM Ceberio LLC; former executive director, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission

Robert Ceberio’s strategic planning and management consulting firm assists public and private clients to achieve their goals and objectives. The firm develops strategies to meet changing circumstances in new technologies, new competitors, a new economic trend, or a new social, financial, or political environment. From 1981 to 2010, Mr. Ceberio was employed at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, becoming its executive director in 2002. The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission was a regional state agency that planned land use and zoning, supported economic development, and promoted environmental protection in a 32-square-mile area encompassing 14 towns in Hudson and Bergen counties. He worked with the 14 mayors and councils, Chamber of Commerce, and representatives in three legislative districts on a wide variety of economic development and environmental restoration and preservation issues. One of his major accomplishments was the development of a new Meadowlands District Master Plan, which was adopted in 2004, the first change in 34 years. He also guided the creation of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and spearheaded the acquisition of 3,000 acres for environmental preservation. He is the author of The New Jersey Meadowlands: A History. He also authored a chapter in Regional Planning for a Sustainable America and has written articles for The Record.

dillingham Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society

Tim Dillingham has led the American Littoral Society as its executive director since 2003. His work has led to expanded advocacy regarding the restoration of Barnegat Bay and other coastal areas, new partnerships to promote community-based restoration projects, expansion of marine education programs in underserved communities throughout New Jersey, the launch of a “Spill Spotters” program to engage local communities in coastal stewardship and spill response, and renewed focus on the conservation and restoration of Jamaica Bay in New York City. ​He serves on the boards of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies, Rutgers University, the New Jersey Climate Change Adaptation Alliance and the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, and he chairs the board of Restore America’s Estuaries.

freudenberg Robert Freudenberg, Vice President, Energy and Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association

Robert Freudenberg leads RPA’s initiatives in the areas of climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. He oversees a program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Rob works closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA’s economic, transportation, land use, design and community development initiatives. Mr. Freudenberg has been with RPA since 2006 and most recently served as New Jersey director, where he managed the state program with a focus on sustainability planning and policy. Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Freudenberg served as a coastal management fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he focused on policies for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

kutner David Kutner PP AICP, Planning Manager, New Jersey Future

David Kutner manages New Jersey Future’s planning initiatives and is responsible for the organization’s outreach and assistance to municipalities, with a special focus on coastal communities vulnerable to sea-level rise. For the past four years he has managed New Jersey Future’s Local Recovery Planning Manager program, providing assistance to municipalities seeking to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. His work has focused on helping communities recover from storm damage and on encouraging them to consider how they might plan for the challenges of climate-related flood inundation risks. He is a licensed professional planner with more than 30 years of land use and environmental planning experience. He has worked as a private planning consultant and held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

maraziti Joseph J. Maraziti Jr. Esq., Partner, Maraziti Falcon LLP

Joe Maraziti represents public- and private-sector clients in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters involving environmental and redevelopment issues. He is a leader in the redevelopment of New Jersey’s cities and towns, and has many years of experience in legal issues related to water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure and the environment. He served as chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission, which adopted the 2001 State Development and Redevelopment Plan. In this role, he worked with the governor’s cabinet, counties, local communities and the private sector to ensure that development and redevelopment in New Jersey enhances the quality of life for all citizens. In 2014, Mr. Maraziti was accepted as a member of the Counselors of Real Estate. He is a trustee of New Jersey Future.

medlock Samantha Medlock, Senior Vice President and North America Lead for the Capital, Science and Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Samantha A. Medlock leads Willis Towers Watson’s North America campaign to advance re/insurance and related capabilities, private capital, and public policy to address clients’ large-scale risk and resilience requirements. Previously, Ms. Medlock was senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget, coordinating to reduce the risks and costs of disasters by strengthening standards, leveraging private capital, and driving public-sector innovation. She launched the White House Insurance Partnership to reduce economic risk and drive resilience-based codes and standards. She led the Council on Environmental Quality’s work on the first update to U.S. flood policy in nearly 40 years. Ms. Medlock has also served as policy counsel for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, managed land use and planning for local government, and led flood programs for the largest water and power utility in Texas. In addition, she has participated in international technical exchanges with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Environment Agency of the United Kingdom, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

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11:30 – 12:15 – Keynote speaker:  Hon. Joseph Riley, Distinguished Fellow at Pew Charitable Trusts and former mayor, Charleston, S.C.

For 10 terms beginning in 1975, Joseph P. Riley Jr. served as mayor of Charleston, S.C. During his four decades in office, many extreme weather events flooded the historic southern city, which is bordered by two rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo, a Category 5 storm, tore through the city, claiming a dozen lives and causing more than $10 billion in recovery costs. At the time, it was the most destructive hurricane on record. Riley worked tirelessly to implement flood-management changes, including smart urban design, major improvements to stormwater systems, and, in his final days as mayor, a comprehensive strategy to address sea-level rise in the city.

As a Pew Distinguished Fellow, Riley advises on policy measures including disaster mitigation and natural infrastructure efforts that can protect people and property from extreme weather events.
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Watch: Charleston’s Blueprint for Risk Reduction

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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