BC3 Semi-Annual Full Members Meeting - October 27th, 2008
On October 27, 2008 the BC3 held its Fall Full Membership Meeting at the Gap Headquarters building in downtown San Francisco. The meeting’s broad theme was innovation, where members were encouraged to share their experiences about reducing carbon emissions. After a brief introduction from Advisory Committee co-chairs Jennifer Kass and Laura Rodormer, Kindley Walsh-Lowler of the Gap welcomed everyone to them meeting. Soon after, the group broke out into a series of break-out sessions each focusing on a different topic. Lori Duvall of Sun Microsystems introduced the new section of the BC3 website, the members-only pages – My BC3. Liz Muller of Liz Muller LLC led a discussion about how to best inventory greenhouse gas emissions. And Leslie Swallow of Mixt Greens led a discussion about best practices and implementation. The slides and notes from each of these groups can be found below. On Wednesday October 15, 2008 the BC3 hosted an event titled “Building Internal Support for your Sustainability Program.” The event took place in the offices of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and was presented by Kathleen Gilligan and Karen Janowski of EcoStrategy Group and Allison Quaid of Creative Eco-Catalysts. Gilligan and Janowski discussed ways to “sell” sustainability plans to upper level executives. They emphasized the importance of understanding the audience to which you are speaking. For example, executives often focus on quantifiable results, so presentations on sustainability should have an aspect of quantifiable deliverables. On the flip side of the issue, Quaid talked about how to engage employees in sustainability programs. Quaid discussed strategies for getting employees to change behavior, including different ways to convey information more compellingly. All in all, the three presenters painted a comprehensive picture on building successful sustainability programs by urging members to think about the points of view of those who you are trying to get buy-in from.