Building a Resilient Boston: The Path from Plan to Action. Katie Choe

Learn how Boston Public Works has navigated the challenging path from planning to implementation and what steps your community can take to overcome the daunting obstacles to resiliency. 

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing effort to identify the City’s vulnerabilities and plan for the future.  The Boston Harbor, once the City’s greatest asset, has become its greatest liability as the City must prepare for monthly flooding and a projected sea level rise of 36 inches before the end of the century.  Hear about the tools and programs that the Boston Public Works Department is putting in place to protect against flooding, promote smarter development, and build a resilient community. What does it take to move a conservative and risk-averse organization to action?  Learn how Boston Public Works has navigated the challenging path from planning to implementation and what steps your community can take to overcome the daunting obstacles to resiliency.

Katie Choe, CCM, is the Chief Engineer and Director of Construction Management for the Boston Public Works Department.  She is responsible for 800 miles of roadway and 1,600 miles of sidewalk within the City, including an annual $40 million construction program, utility and private construction coordination, and infrastructure asset management.   

Katie previously served as a construction project manager, Sustainability Program Manager, and Assistant Director of Capital Programs for Massport where she oversaw the development of award-winning Sustainable Design Standards and Guidelines.  She is an active member of WTS and CMAA and serves as Vice Chair of the Construction Management Certification Institute Board of Governors.  Katie was invited in 2013 to be a delegate at the first national Green Infrastructure Summit and was awarded the 2015 Rita Barron Public Official Award from the Charles River Watershed Association. 

Katie holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Civil Engineering from MIT.

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