Sustainable Business Group Emerges

first_img 0 Sustainable Business Group Emerges Twitter This group’s founders believe Central Oregon is a phenomenal place, rich in both natural resources and social capital.  As our community continues to make national and regional news for our endless outdoor activities, craft breweries, and high quality of life, we believe Central Oregon should also be leading the way in the sustainable city movement.  With an inspiring culture of innovation and entrepreneurism, our community could also be known for our leadership in a green economy. Facebook Pinterest Tumblr American Licorice, The Environmental Center, and EarthShare-Oregon have collaborated to bring together leaders from Central Oregon’s business sectors who are interested in strengthening our local, sustainable economy. Together, they have founded The Sustainable Business Group, which meets monthly.  Around the globe, businesses are taking a hard look at corporate social responsibility. Communities are concerned with implementing green programs that will preserve and even enhance their quality of life.  But creating a world with resilient businesses that create value, healthy ecosystems and strong communities is no easy task and there are no roadmaps. By connecting business leaders and innovators with each other, we can get more impact from our green efforts, we can develop a path for Central Oregon’s sustainability, and we can help other communities find their way. Share. Google+ on April 4, 2013 By Sweet Pea Cole, Sustainability Advocate for The Environmental Center E-Headlines LinkedIn The Sustainable Business meetings combine educational and networking opportunities. We aim to support a wide range of professionals – individual business owners, internal sustainability/green team leaders, and corporate social responsibility managers. The group addresses topics that affect the entire economy and welcomes professionals from all industries – construction, manufacturing, the service sector, breweries, etc.The inclusion of structured and informal networking time in each meeting connects architects and beer producers, sustainability consultants and filmmakers – bringing our community’s deep field of innovators, entrepreneurs, and talented business professionals together.Education includes formal presentations by industry experts and group discussions surrounding common challenges, best practices, and proven successes.  The meetings, facilitated by Moe Carrick and Jim Morris of Moementum, cover topics ranging from reducing your company’s waste production and expense to making the case for alternative energy to CFOs, clients, or even landlords.The group’s next meeting is a follow up to their series of meetings on energy efficiency.  Jesse Morris, a consultant at the Rocky Institute will speak about finance and solar energy.  John Low, from Ewing Landscape and Plumbing, will speak on sustainability in commercial water, shifting the focus to the topic of water.  Informal presentations and information sharing from attendees will provide and an opportunity to share best practices and questions. All attendees are invited to bring sustainability business questions, inspiration, and opportunities to share with the group.The meeting is scheduled for April 12 from 3-5PM at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas in Bend. Please join us!To find out more about this group, contact Sweet Pea Cole the Environmental Center: 541-385-6908 x 11, [email protected], or envirocenter.org. Emaillast_img read more