Designing Sustainability Programs that Profit Your Business and the Environment
Wed., 11/18 9:30 a.m.- 2: 30 p.m. Location: WCP Solutions, 23200 64TH Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
RSVP 's are required, please contact Lindsey Maas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join regional environmental and business experts for an informative and interactive day. WCP Solutions has assembled a local team of professionals to offer thought provoking and inspiring ways to upgrade your environmental practices while enhancing your bottom line. Learn practical ways to analyze and approach your business model to create positive environmental change that you can measure in impacts and profits.
9:30- 10:00 Check-in, networking, refreshments
10:00-10:30 Getting to the WHY of Instituting Sustainable Business Practices
Tom Watson, King County’s EcoConsumer
Tom Watson from King County will kick off the day with an interactive session while taking your comments and questions about instituting sustainable business practices. What is the impact on the environment that businesses make? What are the drivers for change to consider, and what overall focus areas make a difference? Also, what is the public asking about directly or in social media that all businesses should pay attention to.
10:30-10:50 Designing Your Business Case for the P3 Model
Lindsey Maas, Foodservice Specialist, WCP Solutions
Susan Thoman, VP Corporate Development, Cedar Grove Systems
How to make the business case for integrating P3 principles into your business model that focus on PEOPLE, PLANET and PROFITS. This thought provoking exercise will help you begin mapping themes and ideas that target key areas of greening your business that align directly with improving your business profitability. This eye opening exercise will have you thinking differently about the importance of integrating sustainable practices into your business, and why you should do it sooner, rather than later.
10:50-11:30 Cost Effective Energy Decisions to Enhance Your Business
Tianna Byrtus, Puget Sound Energy John Petosa, Snohomish County PUD
This session represents the options available from all seven regional utility suppliers. Business owners and managers are often unaware that their utility providers may have financial incentives to help them afford making energy efficient decisions. Learn from representatives of our local utilities some of the ways you can institute energy saving initiatives that help the environment and your bottom line. Learn some of the lessons of former restaurant owner, John Petosa, and why he now works to share his experience with other business owners as part of the Snohomish County PUD and regional energy outreach team.
11:30-11:50 Water Conservation and Cost-Effective Conservation Strategies and
Mike Brent, Cascade Water Alliance
Cascade Water Alliance is a drinking water provider serving seven suburban cities and water districts in King County. They serve approximately 300,000 residents and 20,000 businesses. Learn about the current and future water supply outlook, trends, the water/energy nexus, and most cost-effective water conservation strategies.
11:50-12:15 Utility Incentives and Rebates Can Help You Cut Your Operating Cost, While
Arece Hampton, Senior Conservation Program Manager for Seattle Public Utilities
SPU, along with its 18 wholesale customer, make up The Saving Water Partnership. This partnership provides safe clean drinking water to 1.3 million customers. Arece will help you get your business on the path to sustainability via incentive packages and behavior changing technics.
12:15-1:00 Lunch, informational tables for Q&A, networking
1:00-1:20 The Sustainable Food Management Initiative, the Food Recovery Hierarchy and
Domenic Calabro, Materials Management and Stewardship Team, U.S. EPA, Region 10
Learn about the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy and their Sustainable Food Management initiative, which includes the Food Recovery Challenge. Domenic will talk about why we need to address the significant societal and environmental impacts of wasted food through food waste prevention, donation of surplus edible food to hungry people, and composting to feed our soils. Hear how businesses in the Pacific Northwest and their partners are taking action to protect our environment and benefit our communities.
1:20-1:50 Zapping Food and Financial Waste in Your Business
Janet Haugan, Director of Marketing, LeanPath
This presentation will explore a solution for food waste prevention—the LeanPath Zap food waste metering program. Attendees will learn how to change the way staff members view food waste to foster a positive, collaborative team cultured centered on waste reduction. Case studies from hotels, universities, hospitals and restaurants will highlight how foodservice establishments of all sizes have leveraged measurement systems to minimize pre-consumer food waste by 50 percent or more.
1:50-2:20 Setting Up Commercial Food Compost Collection in Your Business
Casey Funke, Cedar Grove Organics
Learn the basic steps required to set up a commercial back and front of the house compost collection program. Learn the cost benefits of implementing the program, how to maximize participation and minimize contamination of the feed stocks. Also, what the environmental benefits of composting are on the front end and the back end. Ask about the latest updates on the City of Seattle food waste ban, and hear about case studies of success in composting.
2:20 -2:30 Wrap Up, Review, Visit Participants