Washington Takes Action Toward Building a Green Economy
By Michelle Thatcher
Within the past few months, our nation has taken great strides forward when it comes to both clean energy and climate change.
Washington has released several announcements for limiting carbon pollution in power plants, along with plans to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency across the country.
The goal of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 32% by 2030. This is an increase of only 9 percent from the original rules, but is a positive and historic step forward.
In addition, the plan will stimulate more aggressive investments in clean energy technology while also improving energy efficiency standards. Regardless of the minimal changes, strong opposition emerged immediately.
Missouri Chapter: Columbia Green Chamber goes Statewide
The Columbia Chapter of the U.S Green Chamber of Commerce is now the Missouri Chapter!
This expansion of the chapter to the entire state promises to broaden the organization’s reach, while bringing exciting new business opportunities, idea leaders, conferences, events, and other outreach programs to Columbia.
“After months of strategy and planning, it is exciting to see the Missouri Chapter, along with several other statewide Chapters, growing quickly,” says U.S Green Chamber CEO Michelle Thatcher. “They provide a platform for like-minded business leaders to come together and create a powerful network and educational resource for the business community.”
Future plans for “branches” based in individual towns and cities are currently under discussion.
U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce Member First Green Bank was selected by the Greenwich-CT based sustainable finance think tank, Capital Institute, to be its partner in an exciting project called “The Year in the Life of a Regenerative Bank.” The project has received special grant funding from the Kendeda Fund and the Compton Foundation.
First Green Bank CEO Ken LaRoe was immediately inspired by the “regenerative” framework and was eager to apply it to the day-to-day operations of his bank. “I am super-excited to be involved with ‘The Year in the Life Project’ and to be introduced to the regenerative concept,” says Ken.
He sees the word regenerative as being “so much more impactful” than the word sustainable. “It takes it to the realm of not just status quo or maintenance, but all the way to something that actually revitalizes or cures or heals.”
First Green Bank’s regenerative journey will be documented using a variety of creative digital storytelling techniques. Capital Institute’s “Year in the Life” team is also inviting mentors to engage with First Green Bank, as together they explore the regenerative potential of this pioneering bank as it attempts to operate sustainably in the challenging cultural and economic environment of Central Florida.
Click the picture below to watch full recording of author John Fullerton’s presentation on Regenerative Capitalism’s Launch.
U.S Green Chamber’s National Webinar Series Continues
“Storytelling for Green Businesses” is the latestwebinar in the U.S Green Chamber’s National Webinar Series.
Michael Volpatt, partner with Larkin/Volpatt communications informed green business executives how to better strategize, develop and execute a flawless PR campaign. He covered subjects such as competitive differentiation, messaging, media outreach, and proactive storytelling!
Founded in 2003, Larkin/Volpatt communications is an integrated marketing communications and public relations firm that focuses on helping innovators, startup technology companies and seasoned entrepreneurs define their message and tell their story to key media targets and customers. Over the years they have worked with hundreds of startup founders and entrepreneurs.
Click on the picture above to see his informative program!
Florida Green Chamber Founding Board Member Wins Service Awards
In August, the Florida Chapter of the U.S Green Chamber of Commerce founding board member and Rollins College environmental studies program
coordinator, Ann Francis, received the 2015 Helen A. Ward Crossley Distinguished Service Award and the 2015 Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement.
As part of this award, Francis received $500 to donate towards the community organization of her choice to further encourage her efforts in citizenship and leadership.
Furthermore, she will direct one of this year’ SummerSERVE projects in partnership with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement.
“I was incredibly honored to be chosen for the Helen A. Ward Crossley Distinguished Service Award!” Francis said.
Francis has dedicated much of her time to helping others and leading the way for her colleagues at the U.S Green Chamber of Commerce as well as at Rollins. Being the treasure of the Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, she has led the effort to make the city of Winter Park more sustainable.