How to Break the Cycle of "Disaster, Rebuild, Repeat"

How to Break the Cycle of "Disaster, Rebuild, Repeat"

By: Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

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Gary Lawrence, AECOM vice president and chief sustainability officer, discusses the weather-related disasters that have personally affected him.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Thought Leadership

CONTENT: Article

The tragic mudslide that occurred on March 22 in the small 180-person town of Oso, Washington, is the second weather-related disaster in the space of 16 months that has touched me personally.

In the early part of my career, I was Deputy County Executive of Snohomish County in Washington state, a county government hitherto unknown to anyone outside the immediate area, the commercial aviation industry, loggers, and recreational Steelhead fishermen. 

For Gary's perspective on how to mitigate the consequences of weather-related disasters such as the mudslide in Oso, check out his latest Environmental Leader article.


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