Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, Boston launch June 24

 The Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC) is a coalition of small, local businesses taking action on climate change by: reducing their carbon footprint, advocating for policies that address changing climate, and building community around addressing climate change.

Our story begins after Hurricane Sandy struck New England in 2012, where CALC founder Susan Labandidar realized how drastically unprepared her business was for climate change, and how vulnerable she was, like many Americans on the East coast, to the impacts of a rapidly changing climate.  Seeing the extensive damages caused by the storm, Susan realized that her goal of planting trees in Boston, through Southie Trees, a nonprofit she had founded, would not be accomplished while the climate crisis worsened. To that end, and as a small business owner, she realized she needed someone to represent her business in the fight against climate change. As a result, she founded the Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC) at Tech Networks of Boston, which became the first business to hire a Climate Action Liaison (CAL) to advocate for effective climate protection policies, using the small business leader’s voice.

CALC provides participating businesses with the resources and tools to support a Climate Action Liaison (CAL), who works as an employee of the business on climate change mitigation and sustainability efforts, and within the coalition on climate change policy issues. The coalition members set strategic priorities, and create opportunities for business owners to more effectively leverage their voice in policy-making. CALC’s framework includes promoting renewable energy, opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure and putting a price on carbon, as well as preparing our communities for anticipated climate impacts. CALC welcomes all independent businesses looking to be effective policy advocates and offer resources to this collective effort.

Business leaders, decision makers and interested members of the public are especially invited to join us this June 24th as CALC, in partnership with the City of Boston launches the Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (BARS Boston) program.  CALC will be convening a discussion on climate adaptation strategies for small business and the City of Boston’s preparedness efforts in response to rising sea levels.  The conversation will start with high profile speakers Jim Newman, Susan Labandibar, and Brian R. Swett to focus on specific steps business can take to prepare for rising sea levels and other anticipated climate disruptions, including moving data storage to the cloud to improve business continuity. The BARS Boston launch event will take place on June 24th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at the District Hall in Boston, MA.  Attendees can register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostonbars-launch-climate-adaptation-strategies-for-small-business-tickets-11635956459

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