Green Business Roundtable

August 1, 2018, 11:30 - 1:00

Center Focus Live Event with Green Business Roundtable, presenting StyrofoamMom: The Movie, with filmmaker Miriam Gennari (see trailer)

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Center of Concern, 1627 K St. NW, 11th floor, Washington, DC
(nearest Metro: Farragut West and Farragut North)
Lunch included.

August 1 StyrofoamMom screening
Produced, directed by and starring Miriam Gennari--aka StyrofoamMom--this movie underscores the significant environmental challenges presented by single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) products. 

Ms. Gennari is a powerful force for changing the polarizing beliefs that waste is inevitable or that one can simply ban EPS without a plan.  For the last ten years she has followed EPS through the waste stream.  In this film she shares what she believes is the ultimate solution to the risks posed by

Ms. Gennari will join us in person to discuss the movie, issues, challenges and responses to this important environmental issue. 

Center of Concern researches, educates and advocates from Catholic social traditions to create a world where economic, political and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.

Green Business Roundtable sits at the intersection of business and our environment.  It brings people together who are seeking to transform our current systems in ways that are more sustainable--using business as a primary tool.

For more information about Ms. Gennari and EPS, visit

August 1 StyrofoamMom screening


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Previous events

July 2018 Green Business Roundtable: Supporting Early Stage Sustainable Business 

Topic: Supporting Early Stage Sustainable Business  
Early-stage entrepreneurs who seek to serve customers in emerging and underdeveloped economies frequently struggle to access the knowledge, resources, and risk-tolerant capital they require to succeed. What strategies have proven successful at providing the kinds and level of support necessary to help these companies succeed?  
Join us this month for a dynamic discussion and stories about companies that have succeeded and how they did it.

Speaker: Ian Fisk, Executive Director of Mentor Capital Network

Since 2002, the MCN has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch organizations that have gone on to create more than 20,000 jobs. The MCN supports for-profit companies where “mission drives margin,” and their entrepreneurs make the world a better place with their success. These businesses have focused on clean energy, sustainable agriculture, educational innovation, sustainable construction, financial access, and dozens of other critical areas.
Also, Mr. Fisk is known to have an excellent sense of humor.  Hope to see you there!

June 2018 Green Business Roundtable in collaboration with B Local Mid-Atlantic.

Panel Discussion and Happy Hour
Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Ireland's Four Courts - 2051 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA
(nearest Metro: Courthouse)
Panel Moderator: ME! (Steve Offutt)  Best panel discussion ever

B Local Mid-Atlantic and Green Business Roundtable welcome you to be a part of a provocative conversation on what it means to be a B Corporation. Local business leaders will share how they've applied the framework of the B Corp assessment to their mission to be better for employees, our environment and the community. Sharing best practices, the panel discussion will focus on how being a certified B Corporation has impacted their business and provided measurable results.

Please join us for networking, sharing best practices and making connections. Registration is free. There will be a cash bar with happy hour specials.

May 2018

Bringing International Corporate Sustainability to Local Impact: The Intersection of Strategy and Results On the Ground

Often, a consumer’s interaction with corporations that lead in international sustainability are rooted in traditional point of purchase or post consumption models, such as purchasing sustainable products or ensuring responsible disposal.  Equally as often, corporations focus on collating good data and anecdotes for their annual report.   
But the true corporate leaders are those who approach sustainability as a systems innovation: working with their suppliers, strengthening the communities in which they operate, and growing the purchasing power of markets within which they sell. And often the greatest impact of these value chain-based implementations are in developing nations.  

Speaker: Gwen Davidow, Acting President, World Environment Center
The World Environment Center is an independent, global, non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders.

WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics.
Ms. Davidow will share WEC’s experience in working with their members and governments in advising on and implementing "systems innovation" programs.

Thanks to Green America for partnering with Green Business Roundtable and hosting this month's gathering


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