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EBC Climate Change Program: Building Resilient Facilities through Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Planning

April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
2nd Floor Ayres Conference Room
249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood

This EBC Climate Change program will provide a window into how public, private, and non-profit organizations are making their facilities more resilient to extreme weather and flooding events through a range of emergency preparedness and resiliency measures. The program will showcase how leaders from academia to state government to the insurance industry are proactively making their facilities and business operations more resilient before the next extreme weather or flooding event.

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Globally over the last two years natural hazards and extreme weather events accounted for over $500 Billion in damages to property and infrastructure. While New England did not experience the devastating impacts felt in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean from several hurricanes, 2018 brought a series of nor’easters that caused considerable disruption to communities and business. The impacts from these events resulted in damages to property and critical infrastructure. These types of extreme weather and flooding events both large and small are expected to become increasingly more frequent in the future.

Organizations that prepare for such events in advance will avoid significant losses in the future especially for small businesses. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 40 percent (%) of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. One of the program’s featured speakers will provide an overview of how state government is assisting small businesses in becoming more resilient before the next storm.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Samuel Bell, CFM, Senior Resiliency Planner, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Kelly Knee, Executive Director, RPS Ocean Science


  • Suzanne Blake, Manager, MIT Emergency Management; Administrative Director, MIT EMS
  • Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wynn Resorts
  • Gabrielle McGrath, Senior Scientist, RPS
  • Paul Pettinicchio, Operations Engineering Manager, FM Global Insurance
  • Armand Randolph, Public Information Officer, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Sam Bell of GZA.

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through April 12 Through April 24 After April 24
EBC Member: $100 $120 $140
Non-Member: $145 $165 $185
Government/Non-Profit: $50 $50 $50

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.