Two Cents from Taiga Company: Julie Urlaub

We are thrilled about a guest post that we have to share on the blog today! Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner of Taiga Company, offered us her two cents on some of the green meeting goals that we promote here at A&M:

Greener Meetings Means Responsible Resource Management

Bringing people together for meetings, often for multiple days at a time, can create a “host” of environmental impacts—from the smog and greenhouse gas emissions associated with air and ground travel to the paper, plastic, and food waste associated with feeding attendees.  Since meeting face to face is oftentimes a requirement, today’s environmentally minded executives and staff are looking for smarter meeting options.  As such, many are discovering how environmentally responsible meetings are not only good for the earth, they’re great for business.

An aspect of business sustainability is making informed choices regarding green meeting planning.  This includes everything from site selection to meeting materials to catering.   Every mindful action can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the event and oftentimes, reduce meeting costs.

Research indicates more than two-thirds of meeting professionals take environmental considerations into account when planning their conferences.  How are they doing this? By keeping responsible resource management at the forefront of their decision making.  Areas worth considering are:

  • Waste management and recycling
  • Water conservation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Carbon Offsets and Event Calculators
  • Green Travel and Lodging
  • Sustainable Tourism Organizations and Initiatives

By including sustainability concepts in event planning, it demonstrates company values to employees and meeting guest as well as gives business a competitive edge, a great reputation, and can save time and money in the process.

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A huge thank you goes out to Julie for sharing her insights!

What are your thoughts?

Julie Urlaub is the Founder and Managing Partner of Taiga Company, a social media and sustainability consulting company specializing in social media communications, strategy, training, managed services and stakeholder engagement for sustainable/ green business.

Leveraging 36,000+ twitter followers and a blog with global reach, Julie works with clients to powerfully engage in sustainability related issues and stakeholder communications in the social media space to help businesses maximize sustainability strategies and to communicate how their sustainability strategies are making a difference in their business and our world. Not only does Julie walk the talk, she rides it too as an endurance mountain bike racer.

Website: http://www.TaigaCompany.com
Twitter: @TaigaCompany
Facebook/TaigaCompany
Pinterest.com/TaigaCompany
LinkedIn/in/julieurlaub

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Sweetgreen: Food That Fits [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]

Sweetgreen is a restaurant that was created by three Georgetown undergraduate students who were tired of limited food options and asking “Where should we go eat?”

“Sweetgreen is a place where you can get fun, fashionable food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. Simply stated… food that fits.” We love to come across businesses with this philosophy.

Everything from the food to packaging to waste is sustainable. Impressive right? Let’s break down their initiatives to give you a closer look at their remarkable efforts!

Food: Sourced from organic and local farmers. All proteins are hormone free, antibiotic free and all natural.

Packaging: 100% plant-based compostable packing which includes bowls, cutlery and cups.  

Waste:  Compost food scraps in their kitchens and composting and recycling stations for customers

Energy: Offset 100% of their energy with wind energy credits

Design:  Furniture made from reclaimed wood or old bowling alley wood with energy efficient LED and Fluorescent lighting

Partners: Organic Trade Association, Green Restaurant Association, EPA Power Partner, Clean Currents, DC Farm to School

Additionally, Sweetgreen University (SGU) is a program that was created to further reinforce these sustainable standards and involve employees. This program educates employees about the global state of food, energy, waste and water.  However, SGU goes beyond the typical classroom style learning. After employees have mastered the content they are asked to select a topic of their choice and develop their own project, such as volunteering on an organic farm or cutting back on personal plastic consumption.

For more information, please visit http://sweetgreen.com/

We want to hear from you! What do you think about this restaurant? Have you ever eaten at sweetgreen?

 

10 CSR Organizations We Are Thankful For

We would like to take a moment to thank some special socially responsible organizations that make a difference each and every day.  Without their sustainability leadership and remarkable green initiatives, our world would surely be in trouble.

CSRwire(www.csrwire.com)  – The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information.

TOMS (www.toms.com)  – With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.

1% For the Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org) – A growing global movement of 1,401 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of 2,708 environmental organizations worldwide.

GMIC (www.greenmeetings.info) – The premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards.

SHFT (www.shft.com) – Multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture.

Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) – Works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Recyclebank (www.recyclebank.com) – Rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses.

Taiga Company (www.taigacompany.com) – Sustainability consultants that seek to be the oxygen to your business.

Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org) –  Social enterprise that collects and recycles partially used soap from hotels to donate to organizations that provide aid to impoverished people around the world

TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) –  Purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Outsmart Waste.