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Register for CMBEN's free seminar on Tues., Sept. 10 Chemical Safety and Climate Change Resiliency


More and more, we are hearing about climate change, and the effects hurricanes, floods, and outages are having on businesses. REAL effects, such as dangerous releases and explosions, are increasing in frequency (and intensity) as we see 100-year storms and floods occurring within decades. Climate change weather events pose a significant threat to communities where large toxic chemical users reside when critical infrastructure and services fail or are damaged.   By building toxics use reduction (TUR) into your emergency preparedness and planning, your business can reap positive economic impacts, like increased market share – when operations are offline due to climate change related emergencies, how long until your organization starts to lose market share?


Learn more when the Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Network (CMBEN) presents this free informative seminar:


Chemical Safety and Climate Change Resiliency

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and networking 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Program

at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc./Better Business Bureau meeting space 290 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Suite 102, Marlborough, Massachusetts

To register: e-mail Isabelle Lavigne from Irwin Engineers or call her at (508) 653-8007 ext. 10.


Workshop topics and speakers

Tiffany Skogstrom, Outreach and Chemical Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), will kick-off the program by demonstrating a new online mapping tool to identify chemical users in relation to climate change-related vulnerability factors such as flood, hurricane, and environmental justice zones. Leading OTA’s Building Chemical Safety Into Climate Change Resiliency Project, Ms. Skogstrom will stress the importance of incorporating chemical safety/TUR planning into climate change and emergency preparedness to reduce risks of severe weather related industrial accidents.


Joy Onasch of Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) will highlight TURI’s business and industry grants for the FY20 fiscal year in a variety of sectors. The projects will be presented to inform CMBEN members and the audience of potential TUR grant projects they may want to consider in the future.


To register: e-mail Isabelle Lavigne from Irwin Engineers or call her at (508) 653-8007 ext. 10.


Seating is limited for this free meeting, so please register as soon as possible; by September 3rd is preferred.



What is CMBEN?

CMBEN is a network of EHS Managers and other EHS professionals serving industry in Central Massachusetts. We represent some of the region’s largest businesses with years of experience in EHS management. Take advantage of this know-how by attending this and other informative sessions.


The next meetings are tentatively scheduled for:

· December 10, 2019 – EPA presentation - MassDEP, Worcester 

· April 14, 2020 – OSHA Update

· September 10, 2020 – TBD


To join CMBEN, e-mail Isabelle Lavigne from Irwin Engineers or call her at (508) 653-8007 ext. 10, or reach out to any of the CMBEN Board Members:  


Donald Alger (774) 262-8038, thealgers@gmail.com

Brian Postale (508) 767-2888, brian.postale@mass.gov

Marina Gayl (617) 626-1077, marina.gayl@mass.gov

Lucille Servidio (508) 970-0033, lservidio@capaccio.com

Lindsay Chhon (508) 688-3097, lindsay.chhon@abbvie.com

Andy Irwin (508) 653-8007, airwin@irwinengineers.com

Dona Neely (978) 772-8831, donaneely@ecostardevens.com

Paul Watson (413) 822-7257, pcwatson@cfsoptics.com


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