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Green Meetings

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Meetings are an essential part of each organization’s operations. On any given day, we discuss our work with coworkers, clients, board members and stakeholders. However, are these meetings really efficient? When we think about efficiency in meetings, we often think about time and content, but what about the resources we use to run them? Here are a few tips on how to run better meetings with fewer resources and ultimately make your meetings “green”.


Paper reduction:

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Community Swap – a great way to REUSE

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

On September 22nd, the Town of Cortlandt is holding a Community Swap.  Although a new name, this is their 3rd year holding this event.  It is astounding to watch all of the items come in… and all of the items go out.  Nothing goes to the landfill or incinerator. Instead, these items are enjoyed by new families in the community.

According to EPA, 250 million tons of waste were generated in the US in 2010, with each person creating 4.4 pounds of waste per day. Reusing keeps materials out of the waste stream and requires less energy and waste than new manufacturing or recycling because it doesn’t need to be reprocessed. Continue Reading »

Green Drinks Westchester @Sweet Grass Grill

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Sweet Grass Grill, Tarrytown, NY

2/28/12 – Green Drinks Westchester returned to the Sweet Grass Grill and it was a wonderful evening! Our host, restaurant owner David Starkey (who also owns Tomatillo in Dobbs Ferry) served delicious samplings from his menu of locally raised food. Thank you David!!


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Green Team Top 10 – #4 Effective Green Team Meetings

Friday, February 10th, 2012

A Green Team is a group of motivated staff, representative of ALL organizational disciplines that learn and work together to improve the organization’s environmental impact, reduce costs, and create a healthier place to work. In this series, we will explore the top ten essential components of a successful Green Team program.

4. Effective Green Team Meetings

It is important for the Green Team to set a regular meeting schedule that works best for them, but occurs at least monthly. In between full team meetings, those who are working together on particular initiatives can collaborate as necessary.  Meetings should have a clear agenda that is emailed to the team in advance, seeking input on agenda items.  The Green Team Action Sheet™ is a planning tool that facilitates the discussion of actionable goals by assigning responsibility and setting the timeline and steps to achieve the goal.  Meetings allow team members to learn together and support each other to stay focused on the organization’s sustainability vision. Continue Reading »

WGBC Breakfast, Sept. 29th

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The Westchester Green Business Challenge held the first in a series of educational events for Westchester County, NY businesses at C.W. Brown, a company close to achieving LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC.  It was a fantastic event with nearly 100 business leaders in attendance to learn about the program and network with one another.  Presentations were given by the WGBC organizers (myself, Scott Fernqvist & Neil Cutler) and C.W. Brown.  To learn more about the program, please view the Powerpoint presentations here.

Green Drinks Westchester Sept. 28th

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last week was amazing… I am co-organizing Green Drinks Westchester with Lea Cullen Boyer, the Sustainability Coordinator for Westchester County.  80 people showed up for our first event and it was incredible.  Lots of networking, celebrating, reuniting with colleagues and friends.  We’re holding these events on the 4th Tuesday of every month so if you’re in the area, please join us for the next one on October 26th at the Melting Pot of White Plains!  RSVP here.

Greener Board Meetings – Get On Board!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

King Penguin MeetingIn discussions with corporate, municipal and non-profit businesses, a common complaint is the amount of paper and time that goes into creating Board Packets.  I learned of one board that meets bi-monthly, has 40+ members and each board packet contains an average of 100 pieces of paper.  Think about all of the boards out there… school boards, government boards, corporate boards, non-profit boards, hospital boards… it’s endless.  AND think of all of the paper, printing, collating, stapling and shipping that is required to get these packets into member’s hands.  THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY! Continue Reading »