Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

Natural Awakenings Magazine of Atlanta - The three big promotion mistakes green businesses make

Michael Graff and Larissa Stewart are publishers of Natural Awakenings Magazine of Atlanta, a local healthy living publication dedicated to providing insights and cutting-edge information for improving quality of life and uplifting communities. After successful careers in engineering and information technology consulting, Mike and Larissa entered the green business world as owners of a yoga studio and wellness center, where they learned first-hand about the challenges that face small, local businesses in promoting themselves. Out of this experience grew a passion for connecting green and healthy living businesses to people that need their products and services, and helping small business owners get smart about marketing.

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Jeff Woodward - B Corps why & how

Benefit Corporations, also known as B Corps, are a new trend in the business world for companies who know that they can be good stewards of their environment and communities and still make a profit. Join us as we discuss B Corps with Jeff Woodward who has helped more companies in Georgia than any other make this commitment to transparency and service.

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Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Starting with the Downtown central business district, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge will unite the public sector with the business and nonprofit communities to implement substantive building upgrades toward the goal of improving participating buildings’ energy and water performance. The effort is underway with a benchmarking initiative for Atlanta's 400-block Downtown area, including the Atlanta Civic Center and other municipal facilities, as well as eventually to include other landmark Downtown buildings.

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims to support President Obama’s goal of helping businesses save nearly $40 billion annually in energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. Atlanta is proud to be one of the three first-mover cities, along with Seattle and Los Angeles, selected for this important initiative.

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Environmental Conservation - The Georgia Conservancy

Bryan Schroeder is the membership director for the Georgia Conservancy. He has had a successful career leading premiere outdoor adventures that promote stewards

hip of natural resources. A special focus of that work has been to introduce diverse communities to the outdoor stewardship in a way that is safe and inclusive.

Bryan graduated with honors from Piedmont College with a degree in Philosophy and Religion and with honors from the University of Georgia’s Nonprofit Management masters program. He was a therapeutic counselor at the State of Georgia’s Outdoor Therapeutic Program, an AmeriCorps Crew leader in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi tasked with rebuilding homes after hurricane Katrina and a crew leader for the Canyon Country Youth Corps in Monticello, Utah leading a backcountry chainsaw crew of Navajo youth  through the process of safely thinning forests to promote healthy fire management. Bryan started with the Georgia Conservancy in 2008 and is currently the Trips and Volunteer program director. Bryan currently serves on the board of Keeping it Wild.

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