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SEEN Luncheon: Become more competitive by becoming more Sustainable! - The SEEN

SEEN Luncheon: Become more competitive by becoming more Sustainable!

Written by Anna Kelles on March 27, 2013

Welcome to part 3 of The SEEN certification series!


Date: Wednesday, April 10th
Time: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Location: Human Services Building (320 W. Martin Luther King Street, Ithaca NY)
Lunch will be catered by Dancing Turtle (YUM!)

$10 for SEEN members, $15 for general public, Financial assistance available and Ithaca Hours accepted!


Join us, our event sponsor Tompkins County Solid Waste, and Chris Carmody, founder of the Green Plus certification, for a luncheon discussion (Wednesday, April 10th) to explore how you can  assess and build your sustainability efforts and market your sustainability achievements to the community.


This event follows a Sustainability event with Chris on April 9th (7:00pm at Ithaca College rm 104 in the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise) sponsored by our partners the Sustainability Initiative at Ithaca College, the School of Business at Ithaca College, and the Ithaca College chapter of Net Impact.


[ GreenPlus Certification ] Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development (a consortium of universities, foundations, and chambers of commerce), will join us to discuss how their GreenPlus certification is being used to help smaller employers and communities become more competitive through sustainable business practices. Chris will talk about the ‘value proposition’ for a business or non-profit organization to undergo an objective, rigorous, third-party sustainability performance audit and certification program.


During the discussion Chris will answer many questions including: What is the “return on investment” for achieving such a “green” certification? Do customers and clients really care how “green” a business is? What are the important organizational “key performance indicators” that such sustainability certification systems seek to measure? Why is it good for an organization to scrutinize how well they are achieving a “triple bottom line”? How are ‘private regulation’ and ‘green’ supply chain requirements by large companies transforming business and the environment, and putting pressure on small businesses to change or disappear. The Park Foundation is currently going through the process of becoming a Certified Green Plus organization and will join us to share their experiences so far!




Tompkins County Solid Waste



The Mission of the Tompkins County Solid Waste (TCSW) Management Division is to manage the solid waste of Tompkins County in a manner that is environmentally sound, cost-effective, socially responsible and safe. Programs of TCSW include: Curbside Recycling, Trash Tag System (Pay-As-You-Throw), Recycling and Solid Waste Center, Cayuga Compost collaboration and a Compost Education Program, Waste Reduction and Reuse Program, and a ReBusiness Partner’s Program. Through TCSW’s ReBusiness Partners program, local businesses, organizations, and schools are offered support in practicing the 4Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and rebuy. A waste assessment, a follow-up report of recommendations, recycling bins and a subsidy for compost processing are all offered free of cost through this program. Participants that recycle all of the mandatory items & demonstrate at least 3 activities in the areas of reduce, reuse and rebuy, are eligible to become an official ReBusiness Partner.

To join the 250+ businesses working to make our community more sustainable, contact Kat McCarthy at TCSW by email (kmccarthy@tompkins-co.org) or phone (607-273-6632) and schedule your free waste assessment.

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