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Leaders in Sustainability Speaker Series: Helping Business Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change
October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am$25
Please join us for an informative discussion around the impacts of climate change on Westchester and New York State businesses with an eye toward the future and how we can work together to mitigate risks. Our distinguished panel of experts will offer diverse perspectives around this important topic and discuss climate change in the context of business resiliency on a scale we can all appreciate given the recent storms and impacts to businesses.
Rising sea level, more frequent and intense heat waves, flooding and drought, and other extreme weather events are imposing significant costs on companies and communities alike. Climate change is affecting business facilities and operations, critical supply and distribution chains, as well as access to power and water. These physical impacts also have a human impact on companies’ employees and customers.
Mark Drexel, Department Manager, Project Management Office, Electric Operations, Con Edison to discuss the utility’s efforts to harden its infrastructure against extreme weather events
Anjali Sauthoff, Environmental Health Scientist, Consultant to Westchester County to discuss her recently published Story Map about the effects of sea level rise on Westchester County
Steve Wysmuller, Global Weather Leader, IBM/The Weather Co. to discuss weather in the context of business resiliency
Mike Fedison, Farm Advisor, Hilltop Hanover Farm to discuss the impact that climate change is having on the local agricultural sector and how farmers are adapting
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast & networking
8:30 – 8:50 Welcoming remarks
- Office of the Westchester County Executive
- Dr. Marsha Gordon, President & CEO, The Business Council of Westchester
- Dani Glaser, Program Director, Westchester Green Business
9:00 – 9:45 Presentations & Discussion with Expert Panel
9:45 – 10:00 Q&A