Business Sustainability Professionals
For organizations adopting sustainable business practices, appointing a sustainability manager is often an essential first step. Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, a growing number of businesses have appointed sustainability managers (sometimes called coordinators or officers). The sustainability manager may be based in any of a range of departments, whether corporate social responsibility, marketing, communications, real estate, operations, HR, or another. It may be a dedicated position, or duties the sustainability manager performs among other responsibilities under another formal title. All can benefit from meeting regularly with peers through Champions for Sustainability’s Business Sustainability Professionals.
Since its formation in 2008, the Business Sustainability Professionals affinity group has proven highly valuable for these professionals in advancing their knowledge, highlighting achievements, and sharing emerging best practices for sustainable business practices. In addition, participants have played an important role in identifying needs for advancing their profession and developing resources and performance programs. The Green Workplace Challenge and Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Business Compact are but two programs developed with leadership from this group.
September 2018: Responsible Waste Management Workshop and Tour of PNC Park’s Cleaning Operations
This morning workshop, hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Pirates, detailed the latest waste and recycling options for businesses, organizations, and municipalities located in Southwestern PA.
Local waste management experts and sustainability pros shared updates on recycling and waste management markets, along with best practices for establishing a program, forming a waste hauler contract, getting employees and community citizens on board, and more. Participants got to see responsible waste management in action during a tour of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ cleaning operations immediately following the workshop.
As a highlight of the workshop, Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Business Sustainability Pros introduced the new Material and Waste Management Resource Guide for Southwestern PA, a project of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability network.
- Pam Adams, Centre RegionCouncil of Governments
- Phyllis Barber, Highmark
- Sissy Burkhart, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., Chatham University
- Erika Deyarmin-Young, Waste Management
- Marcie Eberhart, American Eagle Outfitters
- Kathy Hrabovsky, Allegheny County
- Gina Johnson, Sustainable Pittsburgh
- Rebecca Kiernan, City of Pittsburgh
- Abby Lawler-Morycz, Allegheny County
- Kim Olivito, FedEx Ground
- Jim Price, Sustainable Pittsburgh
- Allison Robinson, Ph.D., UPMC
- Justin Stockdale, Pennsylvania Resources Council
June 2018: Renewable Energy Procurement: Opportunities for Pennsylvania Businesses & Institutions (Webinar)
Corporate procurement of renewable energy is on the rise across the United States. More than half of the Fortune 500 have committed to increase deployment of clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Higher education institutions and local governments are committing to clean energy as well. As a result, large energy users are driving the trend toward renewable energy investment across the country.
Sustainable Pittsburgh, independent advisory firm CustomerFirst Renewables, and Ceres hosted an educational webinar for Pennsylvania business leaders and other large energy users on the benefits of and opportunities for procuring renewable electricity. Participants received an overview of the latest renewable energy trends, heard directly from sustainability leader Mars Inc. on how the corporation is blazing the way on clean energy, and learned how their businesses can benefit from the economies of scale provided by renewable energy aggregation projects.
June 2018: Sustainable Practices Where We Live and Eat
This month the Pros invited their colleagues for a walking tour of Sustainable PA Community Certified Etna Borough and its many stormwater management upgrades, hosted by Borough Manager Mary Ellen Ramage. After the tour, the group enjoyed boxes lunches and a chef lecture by Danielle Spinola, owner of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Tupelo Honey Teas.
March 2018: Making Global and Regional Goals Actionable at Your Organization
- Making Global and Regional Goals Actionable at Your Organization – Gina Johnson, Sustainable Pittsburgh
- City Climate and Resilience Initiatives – Sarah Yeager, City of Pittsburgh, Office of Sustainability & Resilience
- How Chatham Breaks Huge Global/Societal Goals into Actionable Steps – Mary Whitney, Ph.D., Chatham University
- Attitude & Behavior Change: Local, Regional & Global Benefits – Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., Chatham University
February 2018: Getting Started with Supply Chain Sustainability Workshop
Attendees learned supply chain sustainability basics, how to get started, and how their organizations stand to benefit.
- Valarie Cofield, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
- Patrick Flaherty, UPMC
- Benson Gabler, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub at International Living Future Institute
- Tim Nedley, UPMC
- Richard Price, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities
- Toni Silva, UPMC
- Justin Stockdale, Pennsylvania Resources Council
- Sara Walfoort, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
- Bart Wyss, UPMC
Plus: Panel Discussion Moderated by Doris Carson Williams, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania
View the full program here.
Take the next steps with supply chain sustainability:
- Look for Champions for Sustainability’s Materials and Waste Management Resource Guide, coming soon!
- Plan to attend upcoming professional development events on supply chain sustainability issues.
- Interested in helping to create a supply chain sustainability toolbox for our region’s businesses? Contact us to volunteer. It can be as simple as sharing your experience and advice via phone or email.
November 2017: 9th Annual Sustainability Conference
Engineering a Sustainable Economy: Innovating Solutions for the 21st Century
Champions for Sustainability/Sustainable Pittsburgh
American Society of Civil Engineers – Pittsburgh Section
Environmental and Water Resources Institute – Pittsburgh Chapter
Check out ASCE-EWRI’s meeting recap here.
View more photos on Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Facebook page here.
October 2017: Eden Hall Campus Tour, Chatham University
Presenters shared the business case for and financing considerations of sustainability systems, along with the educational opportunities:
- David Finegold, president, Chatham University
- Walt Fowler, senior VP finance and administration, Chatham University
- Jack Scalo, president and CEO, Burns & Scalo Roofing
- Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
- Peter Walker, dean of the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Lou Anne Caliguiri, executive director and dean, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Roy Weitzell, aquatic laboratory director, Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Tony Miga, farm manager, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Mary Whitney, director of university sustainability, Chatham University
- Iris Grossman, assistant professor of sustainable technology, Chatham University
View more photos at Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Facebook page.
September 2017: Implementing the Triple Bottom Line
- Wendy Lomicka, sustainability leader, NOVA Chemicals
- Kim Olivito, project leader, sustainability, FedEx Ground
- Allison Robinson, director, environmental initiatives, UPMC
July 2017: Supply Chain Sustainability
- Jim Maug, director of building maintenance and property management, PITT OHIO
- Justine Russo, director of sustainability and business intelligence, PITT OHIO
Meeting followed by sustainability tour of Wigle Whiskey Distillery