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EBC Climate Change Program: Preventing Toxic Exposures During Climate Events

July 16, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Nixon Peabody LLP
Exchange Place
53 State Street, Boston

This EBC Climate program will provide EBC member companies and others with an opportunity to learn about ongoing planning tools and resources for containing chemicals and wastes during, and the movement of these materials after, major storms.

From the Nor’easter, to the harsher ‘Bomb Cyclone’ or ‘Bombogenesis’ superstorms of 2018, companies require tools and information to develop plans that keep themselves and their surrounding communities safe. In addition, by limiting and understanding the risks, a company can limit its liability and be better prepared to respond to its needs following a major storm event.

During this program, presenters will describe the risks that emerge with climate change and the various preparedness tools available to help companies plan for a major storm event. Audience members will hear perspectives from regulators, insurers, floodplain specialists, public health practitioners and industry experts on the importance of planning for a major storm event in the age of climate change.

This program has been approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs). Please see an EBC staff member on July 16’s program to sign up for the credits.

General 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.

Final Agenda – Preventing Toxic Exposures During Climate Events

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Will Campbell, Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech
  • Tiffany Skogstrom, MPH, Outreach & Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

Speaker Agenda:

Preventative Emergency Preparedness in Times of Climate Change

  • Rick Reibstein, JD., Professor, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University

Building Chemical Safety into Climate Change Resiliency / Disaster Preparation through Pollution Prevention

  • Tiffany Skogstrom, MPH, Outreach & Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

Emergency Response and Planning

  • Nicholas Child, Chief Emergency Planning & Preparedness Officer, MassDEP

Flooding and Chemical Safety 

  • Shannon Jarbeau, Floodplain Specialist & CRS Coordinator, Barnstable County/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant

Insurance Benefits and Innovation in Emergency Action Planning

  • Janet Persechino, Technical Manager, Chemical Process Safety, Engineering Planning and Management (EPM), Inc

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Will Campbell of Tetra Tech.

Attendee List

Kenneth Boivin, GZA, Principal
Brian Cullinan
Joseph Famely, Woods Hole Group, Senior Environmental Scientist
Max Forsythe, National Response Corporation (NRC), Business Development Manager
Stephanie Godoshian, Engineering Planning and Management Intern
Laura Harbottle
John Illingworth, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Environmental Analyst
Natalie Johnson, Exponent, Managing Scientist
Steven Landau, SPEC Process, Engineering & Construction Vice President
Lauren Lesinski, DCAMM, Deputy Director, Environmental Services
Tyler Martin, RPS, Consultant
Jordan Meaney, GZA, Intern
Cristina Mendoza, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Solutions Design Lead
Jaana Pietari, Exponent, Managing Scientist