Green Business Roundtable

March 2019 Green Business Roundtable: 

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Location: Baumann Consulting - 1424 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 (closest Metro: McPherson Square)
Lunch Included.
March 13 Green Business Roundtable

Topic: Brands Taking Stands

Increasingly companies of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500’s are recognizing the importance of “brands taking stands”. But what exactly does that mean? Is this just a trend or is it here to stay?
Ms. Tergis will lead a discussion about the importance of building corporate social responsibility into business, regardless of size, in order to stay relevant in today’s ever evolving and quickly changing business landscape.

Speaker: Danielle Tergis, Founder, the Tergis Group

Danielle Tergis is founder of The Tergis Group, a marketing and PR company focused on helping social impact driven organizations build their brands, tell their stories & engage with stakeholders.

Danielle is passionate about inspiring people to lead lives that are healthier for themselves and the planet, and engaging businesses that want to be a force for change. She has worked with global brands, national nonprofits, startups and small businesses in a variety of sectors including corporate social responsibility and sustainability, health and wellness, and food and sustainable agriculture including Green Seal, Green Festival, Partnership for a Healthier America, Soupergirl, FRESHFARM, Power Supply (now Territory Foods), Yoga Alliance and more.

March 13 Green Business Roundtable
Thanks to Baumann Consulting for hosting this month's Roundtable.  Baumann Consulting provides consulting services for sustainable and innovative buildings solutions for the U. S. and international markets.

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Previous events

January 2019 Green Business Roundtable: 

Speaker:  Chip Goyette, Director of Sustainability, Inova Health System 

Chip Goyette is the Director of Sustainability at Inova Health System, managing the system-wide implementation of a comprehensive set of sustainable practices at hospitals and facilities across Northern Virginia.  

His expertise includes energy, buildings, finance, solid waste and more. Prior to joining Inova Health in 2016, Chip served as Branch Chief to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Environmental Management Branch. 

At the Department of Energy, he created and managed a small-building Energy Savings Performance Contract program. He also provided support and leadership on a number of waste diversion programs at Arlington County Virginia. 

Chip believes that sustainability is a strategic imperative for businesses large and small.

Topic: Sustainable Healthcare: A Strategic Imperative

Mr. Goyette will discuss why Sustainable Healthcare is so important for hospitals and other providers to embrace.  Using Inova as an example, we'll discuss the business opportunities and challenges within the health care industry and what the future may hold.
Thanks to ecofy for partnering with Green Business Roundtable and hosting this month's gathering.

Ecofy is DC's only b-corp co-working and event space, hosting impact, non-profit and sustainable businesses that share community-driven efforts to put purpose back into profit.  ecofy supports any and all business effort within the sustainability chain.

October 2018 Green Business Roundtable: 
The Sustainability of e-Commerce

Speaker:  Tom Madrecki, Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS

Mr. Madrecki leads partnerships between UPS and cities around the world, spearheading the deployment of innovative pilot projects and advancing mobility policy solutions to reduce congestion, deliver sustainably and enhance quality of life. He is a recognized urban mobility expert, with a focus on alternative delivery models, progressive transportation policies, curbside management and the potential for e-commerce to reduce personal automobile use.
Prior to his current position, Madrecki led transportation and sustainability policy communications for UPS. He has also served as the spokesman and press manager for Smart Growth America, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to sustainable urban planning and development. Madrecki lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with his wife, Priya, and their 2-year-old Siberian husky, Ava.  

Topic: The sustainability of e-commerce: how one company is balancing growth, efficiency and environmental stewardship through innovation  

UPS is a leader in advancing innovative solutions to transportation and logistics challenges and applying a sustainability lens to them. This month's discussion will look at how UPS is applying innovation to vehicles, utilizing alternative fuels and other advanced technologies; reducing the company's carbon footprint; working with cities to improve quality of life among others. We will also discuss the challenges faced while pursuing these efforts.

Thanks to Green America for partnering with Green Business Roundtable

August 2018 Center Focus Live Event with Green Business Roundtable, presenting StyrofoamMom: The Movie, with filmmaker Miriam Gennari (see trailer)

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 Styrofoam®

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.

For more information about Ms. Gennari and EPS, visit


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
Location: Ireland's Four Courts - 2051 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA
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


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February 2018 - Food & Agriculture in the DC Region

December 2017  - What they think is not what they think they think

November 2017 - Carbon Pricing

September 2017 - Strategies and Tactics to Make US Manufacturing More Competitive

August 2017 - Environmental Performance, Risk Management, and Finance Strategies

July 2017 - Storytelling, Innovation and Impact: How Unleashing the Power of Narrative is Good Business

June 2017 - Managing Sustainability Across Deloitte's Global Network...