Leaders in Sustainability Offer Solutions for Reducing Harmful Chemicals in Your Business
L-R: Hilary Baum, Program and Policy Director, New York State Sustainable Business Council; Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director; Jeanne Maloney, Assistant Dean in the Workforce Development and Community Education at Westchester Community College; Jane Solnick, Community Affairs Director, Con Edison; Marsha Gordon, President and CEO, The Business Council of Westchester; Bobbi Wilding, Deputy Director for Clean and Healthy New York; Scott Fernqvist, Westchester Green Business Program Director.
December 8, 2017 - Westchester Green Business welcomed experts from the NY Sustainable Business Council and Clean and Healthy New York at the end-of-year Leaders in Sustainability Speaker Series on the topic of Green Procurement.
Guest speakers Hilary Baum, Program and Policy Director for the NY Sustainable Business Council and Bobbi Wilding, Deputy Director for Clean and Healthy New York, gave an in-depth presentation on chemicals in commerce today. In addition to the science of chemicals and their impacts on the environment and public health, speakers provided attendees with resources for action and strategies to reduce toxins in business and at home. A few excellent resources can be found here:
The morning’s presentation is available for viewing at Westchester Green Business. Contact us to learn more about the comprehensive Green Business Action and Resource List available to WGB members. Save the date! Our next Leaders in Sustainability event will be on March 16th from 8-10 a.m. at the Gateway Center @ Westchester Community College. Stay tuned for details on our complete lineup of 2018 green business events.
Non-Profit Industry Sustainability Forum Held at Green Business Certified Member, Arc of Westchester
November 30, 2017 - Westchester Green Business met with non-profit leaders at its Non-Profit Sustainability Roundtable, hosted by Arc of Westchester in Hawthorne. Over twenty non-profit board members, staff and executive directors shared best practices and discussed opportunities to collaborate and advance sustainability initiatives at their organizations.
Arc of Westchester Executive Director, Ric Swierat, opened the discussion by detailing how the process to become Green Business Certified prompted his organization to evaluate their business, partnerships and properties. Attendees discussed opportunities to incorporate sustainability into their core mission, leveraging a green certification for foundation work and grant writing, and involving board members, donors and staff in the certification process.
Westchester Green Business aims to facilitate the advancement of sustainable practices and sharing of best practices among non-profit organizations throughout the state. To connect with businesses in your industry through WGB membership, contact Meg Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York League of Conservation Voters Honors Westchester Green Business & Platinum Sponsors
December 4, 2017 - The New York League of Conservation Voters honored Westchester Green Business, alongside Platinum Level Sponsors, Con Edison, NYSERDA and Westchester Community Foundation. Westchester Green Business Program Directors Dani Glaser and Scott Fernqvist accepted the award and recognized the partners, sponsors and members that have made the program such a success over the years.
"It is wonderful to be standing alongside our sponsors, who are much more than funders of the program,” said Glaser. "They are deeply engaged with our members and offering solutions to make the business community more sustainable.”
Con Edison has been a platinum sponsor since the program began in 2009 and in 2015, WGB was awarded a $540,000 grant from NYSERDA to expand the program over three years across New York State. The Westchester Community Foundation has been particularly supportive of our internship program launched this past June which matches local college interns with our companies to help them achieve certification."
Westchester Green Business is a Business Council of Westchester program in partnership with Westchester County and Green Team Spirit. WGB started in 2009 as a “Challenge” and in 2014, transitioned to a green business certification program. The program is available statewide to all commercial businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations.
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Westchester Green Business is a Business Council of Westchester program administered in partnership with Westchester County since 2009. The program provides businesses with a turnkey system to successfully integrate sustainable business practices into company operations. Business professionals learn exactly where resources are being wasted and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money. Proprietary performance tools are used to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and refrigerants in an organization, while staff surveys gauge behavioral impacts. Westchester Green Business participants are recognized as green business leaders across diverse industry sectors.
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