John Englander to Present at the 2013 EHS Management Forum: Sea Level Rise Poses Threat to Business Continuity, Coastal Infrastructure

June 19, 2013 — Oceanographer John Englander will share his research on the effects of sea level rise as a keynote speaker at the 2013 EHS Management Forum, NAEM announced today.

Mr. Englander is the best-selling author of "High Tide on Main Street", which describes how coastal flooding from melting glaciers will alter communities, damage infrastructure and interrupt business continuity. His presentation at NAEM's annual conference on Oct. 23 in Montreal will outline these issues and offer practical steps businesses should take to prepare.

"Sea level rise is a reality that's going to impact everyone," said Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director of NAEM. "John makes a compelling case for businesses to understand this risk and incorporate "intelligent adaptation' into their long-term operational plans."

She noted that Mr. Englander's message fits within NAEM's long tradition of inviting thought-leaders from across disciplines to address the membership. Past Forum keynotes have included Paul Hawken, Peter Senge, John Elkington, Andrew Winston, Daniel Goleman and Andrew Savitz.

"The Forum is about next-generation thinking that meets the expectations and needs of stakeholders, employees and the planet," she said. "John's message is a timely, yet practical reminder of why the individual leader is affecting our businesses, our communities, our lives."

Now in its 21st year, the Forum is the largest annual gathering of environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders. The agenda, which is developed by a committee of NAEM members, showcases best practices in EHS and sustainability management. This year's program includes sessions on:

  • Aligning Sustainability Strategy with Business Drivers and Priorities
  • Best Practices for Internal EHS and Sustainability Communications
  • Identifying & Developing "Cultural Change" Ambassadors for EHS&S Programs
  • Meaningful Energy Management: Beyond Low Hanging Fruit
  • Using Leading Indicators to Drive Performance Improvement and Behavior Change
  • Embedding Sustainability Into Your culture, Measuring Success
  • Innovative Methods to Manage, Measure and Monitize Risk
  • Sustainable Solutions for Emerging Compliance Challenges
  • Using Life Cycle Assessments to Drive Business Decision Making.
  • Best Practices of Corporate Leaders in a Water Constrained World
  • Obtaining & Applying Supplier Information to Green Your Supply Chain
  • Building and Maintaining EHS&S Talent

  • About John Englander
    John Englander is President of the Sea Level Institute is a recognized thought leader on sea level rise and coastal vulnerability. John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and author. Combining personal experiences as a global ocean explorer with expeditions in Antarctica, Greenland, the High Arctic and deep dives in research submarines, his mission is to be a clear, objective voice on our changing climate and oceans. In other words - no scientific jargon, no political advocacy - he just explains the scientific facts and potential impacts in plain English. His broad marine science background, coupled with dual majors in Geology and Economics enable him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large scale financial and societal impacts particularly as they relate to sea level rise. John also combines non-profit CEO experience with the insights of a time-tested business entrepreneur. Today his firm, The Sea Level Institute, works with corporations, government agencies and community organizations advising them on the potential impacts, financial risks and new opportunities from sea level rise.

    About NAEM
    The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit NAEM online at


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