Go Green Business Summit is a Success!

Did you know that 1 ton of 100 % recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4,100 kWh of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions, and three cubic yards of landfill space?

Attendees at our first Go Green Business Summit learned about staggering statistics like this and ways that their businesses can be more eco-friendly.  More than 70 business leaders and environmental experts gathered to discuss innovative approaches, best practices and new trends in greening their businesses. The program was sponsored by Lackawanna County, PPL and WBRE/WYOU.

Commissioner Corey O'Brien at Go Green Business Summit

Commissioner Corey O’Brien described houw Lackawanna County is improving its environmental footprint.  Everything from eliminating gas guzzling county vehicles to implementing a county-wide recycling program in all county offices.

Michele Dempsey, DX Dempsey Architecture, Brad Bason, North Central Digital Systems, Jamie Reeger, Environmental Institute of Lackawanna College and Marlene Satter, SRA International, provided presentations on a host of informative topics.

A panel discussion with area experts and trend setters (including Danielle Fleming, Danielle & Co, Tom Panel DiscussionMcLane, McLane & Associates, Shannon Cross, Outlook Construction, Jay Barton, WBRE/WYOU, Pam Fendrock, PennFuture and Nancy Crickman, EMAP) and a keynote address on Tomorrow’s Trends by Tom Tuffey, PennFuture rounded out the program.

More than 15 vendors were on hand to provide attendees with resources and assistance in making eco-senstive choices for their businesses.

Be sure to check out our upcoming training programs.  And, be sure to check out the other articles on this blog about what local businesses are doing to improve their environmental footprint.

If you attended the Go Green Business Summit, we’d love to know what you thought of the program.  Please feel free to share your comments and best-practices for greening your businesses.