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Extreme Weather and the Small Business Bottom Line

Climate Action Liaison Coaltion

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

Extreme Weather and the Small Business Bottom Line

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Extreme Weather and

The Small Business Bottom Line 

A business breakfast and interactive panel discussion

 Areas at high risk to sea level rise and flooding

 Date:  October 1, 2013

Time:  8:00 to 10:00AM.  Doors will open at 7:30

Place:  The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, near South Station

What is the cost to your business when extreme weather strikes?

If the last thirty years are any indication of the future, it looks like Boston could be in for more flooding.  Sea levels in Boston are rising at three to four times the global average1.  Annual precipitation has increased ten percent.2 The amount of rain that falls during severe weather events has increased 74%3  What does this mean for our small business community?

Boston’s leading climate adaptation experts will brief the small business community on possible near-term climate change effects in our city.



Speakers Include:


 Julie Wormser Executive Director, Boston Harbor Association.  The Boston Harbor Association’s 2013 report, “Preparing for the Rising Tide,” examines a “floodable zone” response to sea level rise on Boston’s waterfront.  Ms. Wormser engages with business owners, developers and residents of the waterfront community around climate change issues.  Ms. Wormser has a long history of leadership in prominent environmental organizations.  Most recently, she served as New England Regional Director of the Oceans Program for the Environmental Defense Fund.  She also managed regional policy programs for the Appalachian Mountain Club and The Wilderness Society.  

David Gleason Vice President of Strategic Solutions, Tech Networks of Boston. Mr. Gleason brings 30 years of information systems planning, development and support to non-profit IT. He has personally worked with every aspect of computer technology, from wiring networks, installing servers, and writing software to managing software development teams. As the Director of IT for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, David experienced the destruction and flooding of New York during Hurricane Sandy. In the aftermath of the storm, Planned Parenthood opened their doors to other local non-profits who were not as fortunate.


Jim Newman Founder and Principal, Linnean Solutions.  Linnean Solutions is a co-author of a report for the Boston Society of Architects called “Building Resilience in Boston.” Mr. Newman has over 20 years of experience in environmental planning services and tracks energy, environmental, and community impacts for companies, non-profit, and governmental organizations. He previously served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC, publishers of Environmental Building News. Mr. Newman led research and production of the Cost of LEED report for BuildingGreen and was the project manager for the EPA-funded Green Guideline Specifications project.

Carl Spector Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston. Mr. Spector is the Director of Climate and Environmental Planning for the City of Boston. Mr. Spector develops and coordinate climate and sustainability policy and programs for the city, including “Sparking Boston’s Climate Revolution,” and “A Climate of Progress.  Mr. Spector also helps develop and implement climate adaptation programs and building energy reporting and disclosure requirements. Mr. Spector has a long history as a writer, EPA scientist, and environmental leader in Boston.

Panel Moderated By:

Laury Hamel Executive Director, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and President of the Longfellow Sports Clubs. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Hammel has founded numerous groups to bring together businesses, community leaders and individuals to help independent businesses adopt sustainable business practices and to build resilient local economies. These include the Sustainable Business Network, Business for Social Responsibility and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Laury is the author of the book, Growing Local Value.


Space is limited to 80 participants.  Please register now as tickets will not be available at the door.

 A continental breakfast will be served.


Contact Michael Green, Climate Action Liaison Program Coordinator. 617-303-0150  

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When & Where

Non Profit Center Boston
89 South St
Boston, MA 02111

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

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CALC is a coalition of businesses taking targeted action to end the climate crisis. These businesses are run by environmentally-aware and conscious leaders who realize that the cost of emitting carbon must be incorporated into our market-based economy. For more information please visit our website
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