Friday, September 08, 2006

Alliance kick-off a success!

Last night, we kicked off the Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance at the Jefferson Tap & Grille downtown. It was a great success!

36 individuals committed to the sustainable business community came together to hear more abo
ut the Alliance's goals and activities, as well as information on how to get involved.

After discussing an overview and history of the Alliance, we broke into small groups to talk about what the Alliance can offer to achieve the major goals of the Alliance, which are:
  • to network, share ideas and challenges, and discuss strategies for how all Chicago businesses can prosper through sustainability
  • raise awareness among other businesses and the public in order to support informed purchasing and service choices
  • to provide resources and opportunities businesses need to thrive in Chicago

Some of the great ideas that were mentioned include:
  • Panels to discuss when designers, managers, CEOs, engineers have had to compromise their commitment to sustainability in order to participate in a project or advance their organization
  • Forming a student chapter of the Alliance, in part to coordinate hands-on learning opportunities for students and high-quality candidates for Alliance members
  • Using Green Drinks -- Business Edition to dig deep into a particular company's or industry's major sustainability issues and work together to brainstorm solutions
  • Workshops on networking, benefits of being a green business, and more

...and much more!

The current programs and activities are available at:

If you have ideas about other programs the Alliance can offer, contact us!


At 3:21 PM, Blogger Charity Shill said...


It appears to be a very good start.


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