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The Effects of Climate Change on Location Decisions

Hurricanes leveling entire nations and cities; windswept fires decimating property and lives; torrential rains producing life-threatening floods; tsunamis engulfing entire communities before anyone knows they are coming.
Dramatic changes in weather across the globe have made climate change undeniable. Even if humans are not causing the change, change is happening. It’s having dire consequences on individuals, property, and nature. It’s impacting jobs as companies recognize the long-term risks of operating in regions subject to climate-related threats. It’s affecting natural resources that mankind and manufacturers, alike, rely upon for sustainability.
According to GLS Founding Principal and site selection expert Didi Caldwell, climate change is affecting location decisions for manufacturers and other resource-intensive businesses. “Our clients have always been sensitive to the risk of natural disasters, but the frequency and severity of weather-related events such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and tornados is changing the way we look at those risks and incorporate them into the calculus of finding the optimal location. In addition, we are weighing the potential political, financial and regulatory impacts of climate change, such as more vocal opposition to industrial development, increasing permitting requirements, and taxes on carbon emissions. Our clients are looking for ways to decrease their environmental footprint while maintaining their ability to remain profitable. It’s a delicate balance.”

To explore ways that individuals and organizations can collaborate to overcome the environmental sustainability challenges affecting our local neighborhoods, our nation, and our world, Global Location Strategies invites you to participate in a special presentation titled “Global Warming: Global Warning.”
Held on Wednesday, October 9 in Greenville, SC, this Lunch & Learn event is part of Upstate International’s “America and the World: Flashpoints” lecture series, of which GLS is the exclusive sponsor.
The featured speaker is Dr. Weston Dripps, Executive Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University. Dr. Dripps studied geosciences at Amherst College (BA), Dartmouth College (MS), and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.). In between degrees he worked as an exploration geologist in the oil, gas and water sector; as an environmental consultant; a hydrogeologist; a high school teacher; and an outdoor educator in the Swiss Alps. Before joining the faculty at Furman in 2005, Dr. Dripps was a researcher at MIT in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
Dr. Dripps is certain to bring an enlightened perspective on the undeniable effects of climate change and what can be done – even at the individual level – to overcome them.
Date, time and location information follows as well as a list of all remaining programs in the “Flashpoints” series. Click here to register for the October program.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Place: Ogletree Deakins Meeting Room, 300 North Main St., Greenville, SC 29601
Cost: Upstate International Members: $10; Non-Members: $15
Registration Link: http://bit.ly/FlashGWGW

Future “Flashpoints” Lunch & Learn Programs:
Wednesday, November 13:    Free Speech
Tuesday, December 10:    Immigration and Its Effect on Children
Wednesday, January 15:    Iran and Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday, February 12:    Trade and Tariffs
Thursday, March 12:    Economics of Terrorism

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