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EarthShare of Texas Presents: 25th Anniversary Round Table Discussion Series

April 18 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

$25.00

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Success in Sustainability:

An Evolution from Good Idea to Corporate Requirement

Earth Month, April 2017 kicks off the celebration for EarthShare of Texas’ 25th anniversary.  EarthShare of Texas provides financial support and community for the most respected environmental organizations in Texas. Today, 41 innovative conservation organizations comprise EarthShare of Texas.  We invite the public to join us and our member groups for a series of round-table discussions taking place throughout 2017.  Our members will share some of their histories, tell us how they got to where they are today, and teach us how we can support their work, and do our own parts to live lightly on the Earth.

In the first event of our anniversary series, EarthShare of Texas will explore the evolution of sustainability and sustainable business practices.  Twenty-five years ago “sustainable business practices” and “sustainable design” were often considered too expensive or fringe concepts.  With rapid climate change, global migration, and aging power grids, these concepts have become mandatory practices in many industries.  Our members have performed critical roles in the turning of these corporate tides.  What are some of the important advances in policy change?  How do we keep policies and practices of sustainability from being co-opted by political rancor.  What are some practical ways for the average person live a more “sustainable” every-day life?  Join us for a lively discussion covering all of this and more!

Event Speakers (click the name to read bio):

Sustainable Food Center Ronda Rutledge is the Executive Director of Sustainable Food Center. She serves on the Farmland Access and Preservation working group of the Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board and is Chair of One Voice Central Texas, advocating for policy changes that help support hunger relief and sustainable agriculture. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Austin Community College’s agriculture program in Elgin, AISD’s School Health Advisory Council, and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council on Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices. Ronda is an alumnus of LeaderSpring – a two-year Executive Director fellowship – as well as the Anderson Foundation Fellowship and Leadership Austin’s ESSENTIAL Class of 2014. Prior to joining SFC, Ronda served as Executive Director of the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, CA. While there, she completed training from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy Fundraising School. Previous experience includes a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to South Africa. Ronda holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Over the course of her career, she has been a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Director for a residential treatment facility. She currently serves as a volunteer on the Austin Powwow Committee of Great Promise for American Indians. She is married and has twin daughters – River and Raven – along with furry feline family members.
The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, works at the intersection of green building, sustainable development and human health. She is the 2017 Board Chair of Green Business Certification Inc., and served on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors from 2002-2010, including in 2009 as Board Chair. Her work has spanned private and public sector projects, including Principal Sustainability Consultant for the Pentagon Renovation Project, and Sustainable Design/LEED Consultant for numerous healthcare projects, including Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas—the first LEED Platinum hospital in the world—and, currently, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. Ms. Vittori is co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, is a Founding Member and currently Vice-Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was recognized in July-August 2015 Design Intelligence as one of the five top role models in sustainable or high performance design, and is the recipient of the 2015 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.il Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, works at the intersection of green building, sustainable development and human health. She is the 2017 Board Chair of Green Business Certification Inc., and served on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors from 2002-2010, including in 2009 as Board Chair. Her work has spanned private and public sector projects, including Principal Sustainability Consultant for the Pentagon Renovation Project, and Sustainable Design/LEED Consultant for numerous healthcare projects, including Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas—the first LEED Platinum hospital in the world—and, currently, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. Ms. Vittori is co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, is a Founding Member and currently Vice-Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was recognized in July-August 2015 Design Intelligence as one of the five top role models in sustainable or high performance design, and is the recipient of the 2015 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.
Ecology Action Before Joining the Ecology Action Board of Directors in 2013, Karly Jo served as a Co-Director and Financial Manager of Ecology Action.  She is a co-founder of the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance and Treasure City Thrift in Austin Texas.  Karly Jo has a JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Texas Fair Defense Project.

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling

Sara Nichols is the Executive Director for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), a nonprofit organization representing the diverse consortium of recycling professionals in Texas and beyond. At STAR, she implemented and now administers the Master Composter program, runs many successful industry events, facilitates private/public partnerships and stakeholder dialogue, and has been published in national trade publications. Sara was an integral part of the Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) team, which worked to develop the framework for a survey to take the first look at what recycling is occurring in Texas since the 1990s. The report was released in February 2015, and the results have been presented at multiple conferences and industry events. Sara is currently working as a subcontractor on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s “Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling,” which is the result of legislation that was passed in the 84 th Texas Legislature in June 2015. Sara sits on the Steering Committee of the National Recycling Coalition’s Recycling Organization Council, is a SWANA Young Professional, and is an active member of the Hill Country Conservancy’s Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC) group. Prior to entering the recycling industry and moving to Austin, she worked as a freelance journalist and copy editor for the Houston Chronicle and as a junior account executive at a boutique public relations company in Houston. She has more than six years of experience in communications, with an emphasis on writing and copyediting. She holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Houston.

Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served courtesy of our generous sponsor.

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EarthShare of Texas
Phone:
512-472-5518
Email:
estx@earthshare-texas.org
Website:
www.earthshare-texas.org

Venue

Sustainable Food Center
2921 E 17th St Bldg C
Austin, TX 78702 United States
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Website:
http://sustainablefoodcenter.org

About ESTX

EarthShare of Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation committed to making environmental support as easy as possible by giving working people the ability to donate through workplace payroll contribution campaigns.

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P.O. Box 1911
Austin, Texas 78767
P:512-472-5518 or 800-GREENTX

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