NELF Lunch Chat

What are NELF Lunch Chats?

NELF Lunch Chats are informal, one-hour discussions pertaining to the NELF scenarios. We were inspired to host the first NELF lunch chat on April 21, 2020 because we had been noticing scenario signals in the news, and because the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is an example of the kind of highly impactful, uncertain change that scenario planning is designed to navigate. This page will host details on upcoming NELF lunch chats and materials from previous discussions. We hope you will join us, and that you will check out and contribute to our tracking of NELF signals.

Next NELF Lunch Chat: TBD

Stay tuned!

Previous NELF Lunch Chats

September 29, 2020 - Applying NELF Scenarios to Your Work

A PDF summary of this chat, and the presentation slides, are available to view or download.

July 21, 2020 - Redlining in New England

A PDF summary of this chat, and the presentation slides, are available to view or download.

The presentation is recorded with closed captions. Watch the recording here or on YouTube.

Presentation and Speaker Summary:

July NELF Lunch Chat: Redlining in New England

Lucy Lee is a map expert and member of the NELF team based out of Harvard Forest. In this presentation, inspired by a webinar about relationships between redlining and tree canopy on a national scale, Lucy overlays and interprets redlining maps, aerial imagery, and NELF maps of New England cities to explore the relationships between past policies, current conditions, and future needs. The presentation questions how the Connected Communities scenario must be expanded to explicitly account for harmful legacies of the past.

June 16, 2020 - NELF Suggestion Box & Presentation by Park Watershed

A PDF summary of this chat is available to view or download.

The presentation and discussion are recorded with closed captions. Watch the recording here or on YouTube.

Presentation and Speaker Summary:

Watershed planning to protect and revitalize riparian corridors along the Lower Connecticut River

Mary Rickel Pelletier is the founding director of Park Watershed, a 501(c)3 urban-suburban environmental stewardship organization. Mary has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mary is co-leading a NELF Working Group in partnership with Trinity College, CT River Conservancy, and Sustainable CT. Their project explores how urban-suburban riparian corridors offer uniquely vital ecosystem service benefits within high-density urban-suburban communities that deserve increased protections. In her talk, Mary will describe how woodland landscape fragments along inland riparian corridors are arteries of ecosystem connectivity and community resilience and her use of the NELF scenarios to protect and revitalize these essential landscapes.

May 19, 2020 - Using Scenarios and Signals to Update Plans

A PDF summary of this chat is available to view or download.

April 21, 2020 - Scenario Signals

A PDF summary of this chat is available to view or download.

Other materials pertaining to this lunch chat include a slide deck and the event invitation.