Southern Illinois Sustainable Busienss Series

Join us each Thursday in February at 10am for a webinar series aimed to help businesses adapt and recover, build resilience, and reduce costs through sustainability practices. We’ll talk about why sustainability matters for small business and cover a variety of low to no cost savings opportunities to get your business started down its sustainability journey. We’ll also cover available incentive programs and how to get recognized for your green efforts with the Illinois Green Business Program. This free weekly series starts February 3rd! More info about each webinar is below.

Webinars are sponsored by the Illinois Green Business Association and The Climate Economy Education Inc, both 501(c)(3) organizations. You can donate to this effort here.

Sign Up Once for the Four Webinars

WATCH VIDEO: Webinar 1: What is “Sustainable Business” and Why Does it Matter?

Date: February 3, 2022

Time: 10-11am

Sustainability continues to gain momentum nationwide and large corporations continue to drive innovation. Consumers are also seeking ways to not only be sustainable but want to support products and businesses with sustainability missions and activities. In this session, we’ll define sustainability in business and review how consumers are driving a more sustainable economy. Sustainability not only benefits your business, but also benefits your local community. We will discuss the benefits of incorporating green practices into your company and dig into some ways your business can start aligning your business and activities to meet this growing demand for a clean and green economy.

WATCH VIDEO: Webinar 2: Increasing Profit Margins by Reducing Energy and Water Use

Date: February 10, 2022

Time: 10-11am

Implementing basic energy efficiency measures can reduce your energy use by 30% and yield significant cost savings. Conserving water can also reduce utility bills and add money back into your bottom line. In this session, we’ll cover the basics of energy efficiency and water conservation, as well as low to no cost strategies that you can launch now to reduce your utility costs. We will also share key resources, incentives and support services that can help you integrate energy and water saving measures.

WATCH VIDEO: Webinar 3: Waste Less & Save Money with the Three “R”s and Green Purchasing

Date: February 17, 2022

Time: 10-11am

We all know the three “R”s – reduce, reuse, recycle – but what are the bottom line benefits of these practices? In this session, we’ll talk about how your waste reduction efforts not only affect the waste you produce, but how you purchase supplies and materials. We will discuss the three “R”s and the importance of each, along with the economics of recycling and how adding a recycling bin may not actually add more to your garbage bill. One of the easiest sustainability efforts that is widely recognized by consumers is recycling. We’ll also cover how you can start or increase your waste diversion and recycling efforts and how your consumers can help achieve those waste reduction goals.

Webinar 4: Get Recognized for your Sustainability Efforts!

Date: February 24, 2022

Time: 10-11am

As you start implementing green practices into your business operations, did you know you can get statewide recognition for those efforts? In this session, we’ll share how the Illinois Green Business Program can help verify your green practices and communicate your efforts to your consumer base and your community. There are a variety of benefits to becoming a certified green business and other green practices you can implement to achieve recognition. We’ll cover how to get started towards certification and the process of getting recognized. Green businesses are businesses that help keep our community healthy, help our consumers stay engaged in sustainability efforts, and are leaders in their region. Become an Illinois business leader with the Illinois Green Business Program!

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WEBINAR SERIES LAUNCHING TO ENCOURAGE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BUSINESSES TO GO GREEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON DECEMBER 8, 2021      

Contact Information:

The “Save Money and Be Resilient” series will launch February 2022

DECEMBER 8, CARBONDALE, IL: The Climate Economy Education Inc. has partnered with the Illinois Green Business Association to provide a 4-part webinar series to help small businesses reduce their costs and increase resiliency through sustainable business practices. This series will discuss why sustainability is so important to maintain resiliency, especially after and through the pandemic, and identify low to no cost opportunities that can help small businesses reduce operating costs. 

The webinars will also cover how Southern Illinois businesses can gain recognition for their efforts through the Illinois Green Business Association, a nonprofit that helps businesses find profitability in sustainability. 

“Small businesses have significant opportunities to lower operating costs and increase resiliency through green practices,” said Cassie Carroll, Director of the Illinois Green Business Association. “Green businesses not only benefit directly, but they also contribute to healthier communities and are seen as leaders by their customers.” 

This webinar series will help businesses navigate opportunities they may have in their organizations to reduce costs and be more resilient. The webinar series will begin on February 3 and run through February 24, occurring every Thursday in February 2022 at 10am. The following sessions will be presented:

  • February 3: What is “Sustainable Business” and Why Does it Matter?
  • February 10: Increasing Profit Margins by Reducing Energy and Water Use
  • February 17: Waste Less & Save Money with the Three “R”s and Green Purchasing
  • February 24: Get Recognized for your Sustainability Efforts! 

If your business has sustainability accomplishments that you’d like to share, we want to hear your story! Contact us to share your story live at one of our webinar events.

If you would like more information about this webinar series or would like to register for the events, please visit our website at http://sisustainabilitynetwork.com/ or call Amy McMorrow Hunter at 618.713.2896 or by email at amy@theclimateeconomy.com

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About The Climate Economy Education Inc: By tackling climate change, we can 1) make the world a better place for future generations, 2) open up all kinds of opportunities for new jobs and businesses, and 3) improve the health of living things on the planet, while we can also 4) simultaneously save Americans billions of dollars every year in energy and health costs. But how can YOU get involved? The Climate Economy Education Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for education and experiments on lifestyles and business models that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. Not only is it lots of fun with friends, family and neighbors, it’s a win-win-win for climate-economy-humanity. We aim to help every individual live their purpose and earn a good living while cultivating human well-being and environmental health. Our programs include Youth Climate Economy Ventures, Resilience Fairs and CLEANetwork.com, for online education, community project management and resource exchange. Come find your niche!

About the Illinois Green Business Association: The Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps businesses integrate green practices through education and engagement, causing a business to find profitability in sustainability. IGBA accelerates access to the tools and information needed to effectively drive profitable, credible, sustainable, and incremental change in Illinois businesses.

Within the last 13 years, IGBA has worked with over 3,000 businesses to implement green practices, certified over 1 million square feet of business space as sustainable affecting over 1,400 employees and has helped Illinois businesses reduce 5 million kWh of energy – enough energy to power about 460 homes for one year. IGBA’s certification program is ranked the 2nd most-trustworthy green certification in the nation by GreenBiz.com.