July Green Business Roundtable - Growing Livable Communities

‎http://www.steveoffutt.com/p/green-business-roundtable.htmlOnce again, we look forward to a dynamic and exciting discussion at the intersection of business and our environment.  Hope to see you there.

Date: Wednesday, July 23
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 (includes lunch)

Location: Elizabeth's on L
1341 L St. NW
Washington, DC  20005
(near McPherson Square metro)

(Thanks to the "Do it for DC" Challenge for partnering on these events. "Every dollar you save, DC gets a little greener"
 

July 23 Green Business Roundtable

TOPIC: Building Sustainable Communities


Our roundtable will be a discussion about how to set up, launch and grow green community hubs around the region.  These hubs incubate green businesses, educate the community on sustainability issues and facilitate the implementation of green solutions.

Based on the Livability Project Framework and the success of Bethesda Green, Dave Feldman will share lessons learned in leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and organizational development and introduce ways to jump-start long-lasting sustainability initiatives in your community.


GUEST: Dave Feldman, Co-Founder of the Livability Project and Founder of Bethesda Green

Dave Feldman is co-founder/partner of the Livability Project, a mission-based professional services firm launched in 2006.  Dave currently speaks on a variety of topics including sustainable communities, incubation, green community hubs and leadership skills.

Dave is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work as founding director of Bethesda Green, a nationally recognized 'best practice' model for how to create sustainable communities.  Bethesda Green, a collaboration of business, government and citizens working together to promote sustainable living practices has a center that incubates green businesses, educates the community about sustainability and facilitates the implementation of green solutions in the region.

In 2009, Dave was named one of “The 25 CEOs You Need to Know” by The Gazette of Politics and Business and as “Innovator of the Year” by The Daily Record.  In 2010, the Montgomery County Council named him one of the “40 Environmentalists in 40 Years”.

From 2002-07, Dave was Consul, Trade & Investment at the British Embassy and helped foster economic development between the U.S. and U.K.




July 23 Green Business Roundtable

June Green Business Roundtable to Feature Green Power Expert

‎http://www.steveoffutt.com/p/green-business-roundtable.htmlDate: Tuesday, June 24
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 (includes lunch)

Location: Elizabeth's on L
(near McPherson Square metro)
(Thanks to the "Do it for DC" Challenge for partnering on these events. "Every dollar you save, DC gets a little greener")
SOLD OUT

June 24 Green Business Roundtable

Blaine Collison - Managing Director - Network Services at Altenex.  Formerly Director of EPA's Green Power Partnership.

Blaine Collison is the Managing Director for Network Services at Altenex.  Altenex helps commercial and institutional energy users source voluntary renewable energy.  Blaine's role includes managing new customer origination and identifying new services for Altenex. 

Blaine was previously the director for the EPA's Green Power Partnership, a nationally recognized network of over 1500 non-utility energy buyers committed to renewable energy. 

TOPIC: Increasing the U. S. renewable energy portfolio: Lessons learned and trends to watch.

Blaine brings more than a decade of insider knowledge of the U. S. renewable energy industry: trends, financing, players and more.  Join us for what is sure to be a dynamic and interesting discussion.



May 22 Green Business Roundtable - JP Leous and Extended Leadership Framework

‎http://www.steveoffutt.com/p/green-business-roundtable.htmlDate: Thursday, May 22
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 (includes lunch)

Location: Elizabeth's on L
1341 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(near McPherson Square metro)
(Thanks to the "Do it for DC" Challenge for acquiring this space. "Every dollar you save, DC gets a little greener")

Registration (includes lunch)
May 22 Green Business Roundtable

TOPIC: Extended Leadership Framework
It is widely recognized that while progress is being made, we are far from the sustainable future envisioned by the Brundtland Commission over 20 years ago. As a launching pad for discussion, JP Leous will present the Extended Leadership framework drawn from decades of experience SustainAbility has gained working with some of the world's largest and most important companies.  He'll share insights into the promise and challenges companies will face in the years ahead to help take corporate sustainability to the next, required level.
JP Leous - Senior Manager, SustainAbility
Innovative thinker, JP Leous, drives client-focused solutions on brand positioning and performance through innovative projects, corporate sustainability strategy, materiality and trends analysis, business case development and external stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining SustainAbility JP worked on and off Capitol Hill with civil society organizations focused on a number of climate-related legislative campaigns. JP also serves as a Lecturer at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, JP received his graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he co-founded the school’s first prize for student-led sustainability-focused projects—The Award for Progressive Sustainability.
May 22 Green Business Roundtable
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Connecting Ballston to Clarendon for cyclists

Arlington County, VA has been improving its bicycling infrastructure along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.  With the addition of the buffered bike lanes on Clarendon Blvd. through Clarendon, there is now an almost continuous corridor from Ballston to Courthouse.  There is, however, a two-block gap that is difficult for cyclists to navigate that--if improved--could make a significant difference in the ease of use for cyclists along the corridor.  It would close the one remaining gap connecting these important activity centers.

With some minor infrastructure changes, this gap could be closed, and the corridor could be completed.

Here's a diagram of suggested improvements for eastbound cyclists at the intersection of Fairfax and 10th St. N.

Join us for the January Green Business Roundtable



Date: Friday, Jan. 31

Time: 11:30 - 1:00 (includes lunch)
Location: National Wildlife Federation National Advocacy Center
901 E Street NW, Suite 400
‎http://www.steveoffutt.com/p/green-business-roundtable.htmlWashington, DC 20004
(in the Pew Charitable Trusts Building)

Registration (includes lunch)
$22 early bird (until Jan. 27)
$27 regular registration
$30 walk-in 

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TOPIC:  Better Business for a Better Earth: Sustaining our Forests and Improving Supply Chains via Credible Certifications

SPEAKER: Bruce Cabarle, Independent Consultant, Forestry and Forest Economics expert
 
Forest products for industrial and personal consumption are some of the most freely traded commodities in today's global marketplace. But the trade in these products have also been implicated in the increasingly historic loss of forest cover worldwide, contributing 15-20 % of the CO2 emissions attributed to the global climate change challenge.  Bruce will speak to his efforts during his 20 year tenure with the World Wildlife Fund and the Forest Stewardship Council to promote sustainable supply chains via public-private partnerships to promote environmentally, socially and economically sound solutions to this challenge.  


Mr. Cabarle is the former leader of WWF's forest and climate initiative and Global Forest & Trade Network, co-founding/chairman of the board of the Forest Stewardship Council, and now an independent consultant on issues of forest management, supply chains, governance and climate change.  He has authored and co-authored several books about global forest management.  Bruce earned his Masters at the highly regarded Yale School of Forestry and Environmental  Management.

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Jigar Shah's appearance at this week's Green Business Roundtable

Jigar Shah was our guest at this week's Green Business Roundtable, hosted at SEIA's offices in Washington, DC.

Jules Keniry of the National Wildlife Federation took notes and wrote them up in this guest post:
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Three Lessons for US Higher Education from World’s Leading Clean Economy Entrepreneur

Yesterday, the founder of SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide, Jigar Shah, discussed his new book, Climate Wealth: Unlockingthe Impact Economy, with members of the Green Business Roundtable. He challenged business and other stakeholders to step up in ways that will “seize hold of the biggest wealth generating opportunity in a generation.”

A “100 by 100” Plan and Higher Education

Jigar Shah and Janine Finnell of Leaders in Energy
Through the "100 x 100 Plan,” Shah details in his recent blog post on the Corporate EcoForum, how 100,000 companies can sell $100 million worth of solar, energy efficiency, ground-source heat pumps and other climate change solutions that will create the $10 trillion clean economy needed by 2020 to help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

When asked how higher education could best contribute to achieving this goal, I thought he might highlight the need for more state or federal R&D investment into clean energy technologies as faculty members from UC-Berkeley and elsewhere often do.

The irony of Exxon ads among the photos of Philippine destruction



I visited the USA Today website to find news about Super Typhoon Haiyan. They had a photo gallery of images of the destruction.  Very graphic and disturbing.   Every fifth click I would get this image:


I hope I am not the only person to see the enormous irony of these ExxonMobil ads mixed in with photos like these:
A man walks among debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban.




A view of the typhoon-ravaged city of Tacloban, Philippines, on Nov. 9.

The fossil fuel industry has blocked meaningful progress on climate change for years.  ExxonMobil has been one of the biggest supporters of deniers and organizations that work against solving the climate crisis.  All the while there is more and more evidence that the most powerful tropical storms--of which Haiyan is now the poster child--are becoming even more powerful.

Irony cubed.