Sustainable Business Coalition

The third coalition meeting in February 2018 at Gaines Group Architects.

Vision: We envision a future where every workplace enhances environmental and social conditions.

Mission: We are a group of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County businesses focused on reducing carbon emissions while modeling the economic sense in energy efficiency, increased local renewable energy, and incorporation of best sustainability practices.

Who: Our group is welcoming of businesses both new to and familiar with sustainability in the workplace.

What: We help members asses where they are, highlight success, and achieve their goals. In quarterly meetings we host panel discussions, hear from local professionals, network and share best practices over a light lunch hosted by members.

How: Membership is as simple as completing the membership form. In the form we ask for the contact of a point person, we ask you support the mission and vision, we get a sense for some of your achievements and goals to place you on the map and we set up expectations to track energy usage and spend 90 minutes on the B-corp assessment (optional). We make it easy for you.

Impact

  • 5 meetings held featuring educational speakers and business to business collaboration
  • 1 business and 1 non-profit have taken advantage of the free energy audit and began implementing recommendations
  • 5 businesses are tracking their energy usage
  • 40+ Harrisonburg businesses supported the Environmental Action Plan proposed to City Council by the EPSAC committee. City Council also supported it.
  • Our Community Place is now generating 75% of its electricity from the sun as of November 8, 2018.

Quarterly meeting dates 2018-2019:

  • February: Thursday February 15th 12:00-1:30pm:  JMU Sphere Theater
  • May: Wednesday May 16th 12:00-1:30pm: Our Community Place?
  • August: Tuesday August 15th 12:00-1:30pm: Location TBD
  • November: Wednesday November 7th 12:00-1:30pm: Location TBD