Rebecca Herst


Rebecca Herst is the Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at University of Massachusetts, Boston. SSL is a research center devoted to understanding the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities and working with them to develop sustainable and equitable solutions. A former community organizer focusing on economic and racial justice issues, Rebecca transitioned into the climate adaptation field when she realized how disproportionately climate change will impact low-income communities and communities of color. Before coming to UMass Boston, Rebecca worked on climate resilience at Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and the Urban Land Institute. Her projects have includedThe Urban Implications of Living with Water, The Boston Research Advisory Group Climate Projection Consensus for Climate Ready BostonFinancing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate RisksFeasibility of Harbor-wide Barrier Systems: Preliminary Analysis for Boston Harbor, and Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston’s Built Environment for Increased Flooding. She has a B.A. from Carleton College and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.