Nonprofits and Social Enterprises across the country are looking for ways to go green, and for good reason. Sustainable practices can yield significant rewards, both for the environment and your organization. By greening your organization you can: save money by reducing waste and energy costs; lessen health and safety risks; attract environmentally conscious employees, volunteers, consumers and donors; and lead the community as environmental champions.
The COVID crisis highlights the fault lines in our society, climate change being but one of them. As social impact organizations, how can we improve our environmental impact? In this workshop we will discuss and provide concrete ways your organization can reduce its carbon footprint by following some simple strategies, including;
Setting a baseline for your resource usage (water, waste and energy)
Picking sustainability projects to help reduce your usage
Telling your sustainability story to your followers
Specific project descriptions including how to:
Use energy more efficiently
Retrofit to renewable energy systems
Reduce, reuse and recycle - look for ways to use less in the office
Travel less - consider what transportation and work from home options could look like for staff and volunteers
Telecommute - how working from home reduces emissions
Green procurement policies - consider new sourcing
Green your events
Engage employees in reduction activities and work and home
TARGET AUDIENCE: All nonprofit and social enterprise staff and/or volunteers who want to know more about how to reduce your impact on the environment and preserve natural resources.
ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT INFORMATION:
Are you a nonprofit member organization with an operating budget of under $100,000? You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee.
Learn if you are eligible for the NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Marianne Griffith, Hub Manager of Green Economy London
Marianne Griffith is a committed environmentalist and an advocate for local, sustainable food systems and renewable energy. She's worked with London based organizations to promote sustainability and community driven carbon and waste reduction, including Growing Chefs, The Root Cellar and Building Better. She's worked on social justice and sustainable development projects in Indigenous communities in many countries and she works closely with First Nations communities in Ontario to increase access to clean water, clean energy sources and sustainable, affordable housing.
She is a Certified Energy Auditor, a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a LEED Green Associate, and has extensive building science training including Energy Star and CHBA Net Zero Builder. She is currently the Green Economy London Hub Manager where she is committed to help London businesses set and achieve sustainability targets.
Skylar Franke, Executive Director at the London Environmental Network
Skylar Franke is a community mobilizer and engagement specialist. She has over 7 years of experience in advancing action in the environmental sector by running a variety of environmental programs in London while working at ReForest London and the London Environmental Network. She graduated in 2013 from King’s University College at Western University with an honours B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies and French Studies. Skylar is responsible for overseeing the development of new programs and initiatives including Green Economy London, as well as all other aspects of running the London Environmental Network.
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