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Coastal Resilience as a Vehicle for Equitable Economic Development

Meg Massey May 30, 2021

Coastal communities are already dealing with the impacts of climate change: rising sea levels, more frequent or stronger natural disasters, and economic changes threaten to disrupt communities around the globe. These communities are also among the most diverse in the nation, and have suffered from the economic repercussions of the pandemic. How can investing in a community’s climate resilience also generate equitable economic growth? Come learn from RISE’s innovative coastal resilience building model, as they share lessons learned on what it takes to build climate resilient and inclusive communities.



Meta Themes

  • Climate Action


Climate Change, Equity & Inclusion, Sustainable Development

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The session’s purpose is both informational and practical. Participants will: - Learn about the connection in coastal communities between climate resilience and the need for equitable economic growth post-pandemic. - Join breakout rooms moderated by the speakers and other climate resilience leaders to deepen their knowledge on specific solutions and strategies. - Gain a practical understanding of how Challenge programs address this need, the solutions they can surface, and the steps to consider to either launch a Challenge program or scale solutions found by one.


  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government


  • NameDr. Katerina Oskarsson
  • TitleChief Strategy Officer
  • OrganizationRISE
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDr. Alexander Dale
  • TitleLead, Sustainability & US Interior Communities
  • OrganizationMIT Solve
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameRichard Seline
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationResilientH2O Partners
  • StatusConfirmed
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