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October 17, 2019

5:45 to 6:30 pm - Networking/Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Speaker Forum


Building Resilient Community Infrastructure in the Face of Climate Change and Seismic Threats

The Paramount Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
808 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205

  • One block from MAX, Street Car & Smart Park

For additional information, contact:

  • Joe Needoba, Speaker Chair 503-346-3421

  • Sara Moore, President


In March of 2019, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) completed a Resiliency Master Plan (RMP) to guide resiliency-building investments in the City’s stormwater and sanitary systems. This talk will provide an overview of the planning effort, which focused on seismic hazards associated with a Cascadia Subduction Zone Magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and on climate change risks. The seismic assessment looked to recent large magnitude earthquakes for lessons learned, identified critical BES system assets, developed recovery goals for BES system services, conducted a vulnerability assessment, and developed a prioritized capital improvement plan. The climate change assessment surveyed likely impacts to stormwater and sanitary system levels of service from different climate risks, made preliminary extrapolations of climate impacts, and explored stress-testing and scenario planning as two decision-making approaches to address the uncertainty in climate projections. The project piloted these approaches to put BES on a path toward developing strategic responses to potential impacts while still learning from developing climate science.


Nishant Parulekar, PE, City of Portland

Nishant is an Engineer with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in the Asset Systems Management Division. Nishant has over 11 years of experience in wastewater and water projects including hydraulic modeling, design, and master planning. He was the technical lead on the Bureau’s seismic resiliency planning, and is leading implementation efforts related to seismic and climate resiliency.

Nicholas McCullar, PE, City of Portland

Nick is also an Engineer with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in the Asset Systems Management Division. Nick has 14 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, primarily using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to support of stormwater and sewer planning and design. He has been the technical lead for the Bureau’s climate resiliency planning.