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Conference Agenda


Keene Walking Tour

Communication & Engagement Handouts

Climate Migration Resources

Networks and Regional Working Groups

Speaker List and Bios

Facilitator List and Bios

Demographic Questionnaire

Typology Handout


Day 1 – Tuesday, May 16, 2023





Housing Resilience Walking Tour of Keene


Pat Russell Park, Carpenter St, Keene, NH

City of Keene hosts a Housing Resilience Walking Tour

Registration required for this pre-conference event.

Ben Frost from the NH Housing Finance Authority & Keith Thibault from Southwestern Community Services


The Showroom at the Colonial Theater

Climate Leadership Conversation: How Massachusetts is achieving its net zero and related emissions reduction commitments Melissa Hoffer, Chief Climate Officer, State of Massachusetts
Abigail Abrash Walton, Director, Masters of Science, Environmental Studies 


Day 2 – May 17, 2023

All Day 2 sessions will be at Heberton Hall at the Keene Public Library




Breakfast & Check In

8:30-9:00 am

Check in for the conference and pick up your name badge
Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Overview

9-9:15 am

Mayor George Hansel, City of Keene
Abigail Abrash Walton, Director, Masters of Science, Environmental Studies 
NEST Findings

9:15 – 10 am

Top Level Findings, Climate Migration Demographics, and World Cafe Highlights Linda Shi, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University
World Café 

10 am-12 pm

Table Hosts from NEST and Antioch University Team.

12- 1:30 pm

Funding from Federal Government to Local Communities Rebecca Blanco, Assistant Director, Office of Disaster Recovery, HUD

Marcus Tate, HMPG Grant Manager at FEMA Region 1

Elizabeth McKenna, Special Assistant for Policy and Projects, Office of US Senator Shaheen

Ariela Zycherman, Program Manager with NOAA CAP/RISA

Training Workshops

1:40-3:50 pm

2:45-3:00 pm Coffee Break

Training Workshop on Engagement and Strategic Communication






Rural Regeneration, Resilience, and Climate Migration: Considerations

Facilitators: Susanne Moser, Director and Principal Researcher & Consulting and Meredith Herr, Climate Access


Presenter: Hillary Brown, FAIA

Professor Emerita, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

Faculty, Interdisciplinary M.S. program Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program

Presenter/Facilitator: Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD

Faculty and Program Director, Environmental Studies M.S., Antioch University New England

Closing Session


Welcoming Standard for Incoming Migrants

Closing: How to stay connected and next steps 

Molly Hilligoss, Network Director, Welcome America

Christa Daniels, PhD, Program Director, Resource Management and Administration M.S., Antioch University New England


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