After a convening for the first time during a May conference in Boston, a smaller group of colleagues who run Green Business Engagement Programs across the Country has formed a national network to work jointly on issues of shared interest.
The idea is to build relationships, learn from each other, and do things together that we cannot do on our own as individual programs. A Better City, a Boston-based non-profit membership business association, and ICLEI, a non-profit membership municipality organization, are co-facilitating this group of National Green Business Engagement programs.
o Name: Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN)
o Mission: Facilitate sharing and relationship-building among green and/or sustainable business engagement programs across the U.S. in order to advance the national interests of such locally-focused approaches and spread effective practices.
o Scope: National thinking and collaborating, but local action and uniqueness.
There is information on the national summit on green business engagement programs held by A Better City in Boston in May, as well as an outline of one our mission at: http://www.abettercity.org/environment/event_National_Summit_Green_Business_Engagement_Programs.html — if you are interested in becoming engaged with this group, please contact Mihir Parikh at A Better City (email@example.com), or Caroline Teng (firstname.lastname@example.org) at ICLEI.
We are planning on holding our first in a series of National Green Business “How-to” Webinars. The first one will be:
“Webinar: Green Business Data Tracking Systems: the End to the Excel Nightmare”
Thursday, November 7, 2013 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Toll: +1 (702) 489-0004
Access Code: 903-240-964
Donna Walden will represent the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)
David Straus and Mihir Parikh (A Better City, Boston) will introduce the National Green Business Task Force and ABC/ICLEI, and give a summary of known programs and survey results.
- May Conference
- Summary of known programs and survey results, and ABC/ICLEI role in the Green Business Engagement National Network
- Quick overview of ABC Scorecard Tool
System 1: Energy Stewards® — Helping speed energy use improvement and sustainable actions across a portfolio of properties.
Energy Stewards® web platform is an efficient tool that successfully supports a range of project portfolios, engaging businesses, medical facilities, religious congregations, schools and units of government to take action to reduce financial and environmental costs. Integrated with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager for energy and water use benchmarking, its Action Table and more can be easily tailored to the unique needs of particular programs. Warren Gaskill will review its development, in what circumstances it can be used successfully, and its key features.
System 2: The California Green Business Program Web-based Tool
Jo Fleming will present on a web-based tool funded and created by the State of California and several local jurisdictions within to track and measure Green Business Program efforts. We call it our “Green Business Program in a Box”. It includes decades of checklist and metric development by several state and local environmental professionals. This tool may soon be available to interest out of state entities, so tune-in to see if it is a good fit for your existing or future program.
System 3: ICLEI USA’s Green Business Challenge Resources
Caroline Teng will present an overview of available ICLEI web-based tools that allow communities to easily administer their green business engagement programs, track data, and launch a friendly competition to encourage resource efficiency. Included will be case studies illustrating best practices from local governments.
Closing remarks – A Better City & Donna Walden
We hope you can join us!