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What's a sustainability certified business? City Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn July 18
Friday, July 06, 2012

GRI? SMRS? ISO 14000? Sustainability certifications are growing, but how’s a business person or customer able to know what they are and how they can be valuable? Attendees to the Wednesday, July 18, Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn will get an overview of business certifications out there, find out how the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network’s (PPSBN) certification works and have a chance to ask a panel of certified business employees about their experience getting certified.  


Executive Director Darlene Jensen will present PPSBN certification, a program of the Catamount Institute, along with Catamount’s Ken Brickman, PPSBN Program Manager and Chris Aaby, Communications Director. Certified businesses are those who have implemented sustainable practices in: Energy, Water, Employee Wellness, Social Responsibility, Materials Management, Procurement, Operations and Transportation. Panel participants from PPSBN-certified businesses include:

  • Kathy Thierry, Green Team Captain, and Aaron Briggs, Principal and Planner from HB&A Architects and Planners
  • Brian Calhoun, Principal Patrick Orefice, Architect and Green Team Chairman from RTA Architects

The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12: 49 p.m., at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from reused City banners. 

Each month, the City Office of Innovation and Sustainability sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on an environmental issue. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or