Businesses Acting on Rising Seas is our primary program aimed at improving business resiliency to climate change.
Our changing climate is causing a higher frequency of extreme weather events such as storms, hurricanes, heat waves and floods. The impact of these events on the employees, operations and finances of small business can be serious. Businesses Acting on Rising Seas is an educational campaign that provides information for local businesses to consider the impacts of climate change in their business growth and planning. Our local business community underpin our economy, so addressing economic risks is crucial.
CABA’s BARS campaign deploys small teams to educate local businesses about the impacts of climate change. Through this campaign, CABA has built a better understanding of climate and economic resilience along Massachusetts coastal communities.
In the summer of 2016, CABA worked to educate the local business community in Massachusetts about sea level rise and extreme weather. The 10-week campaign distributed information about climate adaptation and strategies to increase climate preparedness within the business community. Each business received a Small Business Resilience Guide, featuring a flood map of their community and eight steps to increase the resiliency of their business.
In addition to enhanced resilience of the local business community, the BARS campaign used the opportunity of face-to-face communication to conduct a survey that reveals small businesses’ relationship with climate change. The results of the survey were analyzed and compiled into a final report, complete with graphs, charts, and narratives. The BARS Final Report is a useful communication tool for lawmakers, community groups, and all locally-owned and operated businesses.