Contribute to the design of the next CRT Season 2015-2016

Many thanks to the members and guests who attended the CRT session on April 17th with Cheryl Barker. It was great to dig into the questions that will help us plan the following CRT season. Take a look at the notes from the groups that have participated on the 17th CRT April Design Session Notes.

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If you missed this session there are still ways for you to share your thoughts and ideas. You can comment on this post with your feedback or fill out the question sheet and send it back to us – CRT April Design Session Questions

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New Graduate Assistant at the Center for Sustainable Business Practices

We are happy to announce and welcome a new member to the Center for Sustainable Business Practices.

Claudia Bonilla, Graduate Assistant


As a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Claudia is working on research projects, communication and web site development and provides administrative support for the Corporate Roundtable. She is an International Student from Colombia. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Economics. Currently she is working towards completing an MBA degree. Her experience in aviation industry includes operations management, business development, strategic planning and negotiation. You can reach Claudia via email

Nominate a Sustainable Business Leader

19th Annual Business Leadership Awards Program
Co-sponsored by the Monte Ahuja College of Business at CSU and
the Rotary Club of Cleveland.

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Call for Nominations: Sustainable Business Practices Leadership Award


The Center for Sustainable Business Practices announces a call for nominations for the fourth annual Sustainable Business Practices Leadership Award, which is part of the 19th Annual Business Leadership Awards Program. We celebrate Northeast Ohio leaders committed to sustainability who thrive on making their organizations flourish. Now is the chance for you to share who inspires you!

Sustainable Business Leaders are individuals who embody the spirit of sustainability, who transform their organization by implementing a triple bottom-line approach to challenges and opportunities. These leaders incorporate their knowledge and experience in their workplace, their industry and the community.

The selected Sustainable Business Leader will be recognized at the Rotary Club Awards Ceremony during the Rotary meeting at Windows on the River on Thursday, May 21, 2015. They will receive a certificate of recognition and will also be listed on our website.

Nominate someone you know who is doing amazing work in sustainability by filling out the nomination form by Friday, April 3, 5:00pm.



Past Winners

2012 – David E. Nash, McMahon DeGulis LLP

2013 – Terry V. Thiele, The Lubrizol Corporation

2014 – Mike Neundorfer & Steve Ostanek, Neundorfer Inc.

March-April Sustainability Events

Sustainability Events and Resources

NEO USGBC Annual MeetingThe Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC is having their annual meeting and reception at the new Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veal Center.

Date: March 12, 2015 || Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veal Center

The Business of Biomimicry – March CRT

On March 20th we will explore what is new and exciting in the field of biomimicry in Northeast Ohio. A lot has happened since our conversation on biomimicry in 2012. Join the roundtable to hear from the Great Lakes Biomimicry leaders, Biomimicry fellows (students in the University of Akron’s Integrated Bioscience program pursuing a PhD in biomimicry), educators and practitioners. Bring your challenge to the table!

Date: March 20, 2015 || Sherwin Williams

Making a Business Case for the True Value of Water – City Club Forum

As part of the Year of Clean Water, join us as we kick-off our series focused on elevating the Value of Water with Edwin Pinero of Veolia Water North America. Mr. Pinero will be discussing the economic value of water from both the international and water-rich regional perspectives.

Date: March 27, 2015 || City Club of Cleveland

Business Recycling Programs and Seminars

Learn how to start or improve your waste reduction and recycling programs. Whether you want to start recycling a few things or you are headed in the direction of zero waste, there will be something new for you to learn.

Dates: April 17, June 24, September 24, 2015 || Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Cleveland Climate Action Fund offers businesses a way to mitigate carbon emission AND support the community by channeling the resources into Cleveland neighborhood projects that continue to benefit the environment and the community. It’s a WIN-WIN!  Grants are awarded to applicants committed to sustainability, social well-being of the community, and measurable climate impact. The Cleveland Climate Action Fund is an advised fund at the Cleveland Foundation and donations are tax-deductable. Support now! 

Conscious Capitalism Conference 2015

The second Early Bird Discount is ending this Saturday, February 28. Register now for almost $200 off! Deepen your practical application of the principles of Conscious Capitalism at the 2015 conference.

Date: April 7 – April 9, 2015 || Chicago, IL

How Does Nature Invest?

CRT and the Conscious Capitalism chapter of Northeast Ohio are pleased to jointly present Katherine Collins. This event continues the collaboration between these two symbiotic forums that each promote sustainable business and purpose driven, values based, decision making by corporate leaders.  Look for more such collaborative programs in the future!


RSVP for February 13 CRT with Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, an kc30highresenhanced 2 copyindependent research firm dedicated to reconnecting investing with the real world.  She is author of the book, The Nature of Investing, and her closest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees.
Katherine has over twenty years of professional investment experience.  At Fidelity Management & Research Company, she served as portfolio manager for a number of multi-billion dollar equity funds and as head of equity research, lead one of the largest buy-side research teams in the world.  Every fund that Katherine managed outperformed its benchmark during her tenure.  More recently she has earned her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School and studied biomimicry as guides for investing in a more integrated way, in service to our communities and our planet.
Collins favors an approach that uses nature as its model instead of engineering. She calls for a reconnection of investing with the world it was meant to serve, reintroducing human judgment, creativity, and values into the equation. Combining real-world finance with the framework of biomimicry creates a more robust investing ecosystem, based on the interdependent, timeless principles that guide natural systems. 



This event is brought to you in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Conscious Capitalism NEO Chapter, Nash Daniels Advisors, and Great Lakes Biomimicry.




Katherine Collins will be available for questions and book signing after the event 9:30 – 9:45 am on February 13.

Purchase your copy in advance.

We will have a very limited number of books available for sale at the event. You will be able to purchase them with cash or check.

Local and National Sustainability Events

A couple of great sustainability and conscious capitalism events coming up locally and nationally.


Conscious Capitalism 2015

Who: Conscious Capitalism 2015 is designed for CEOs and their leadership teams, executives and entrepreneurs, the consultants and coaches who serve and support them, and anyone else interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism. Deepen your practical application of the principles of Conscious Capitalism

When: CC 2015 will begin at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 7th, and will conclude with lunch on Thursday, April 9th.

Our early bird discount ends on January 31st, 2015! That’s only 2 days away!

Register now to save almost $300 on the event fee!

Impacts of a Warming Climate Symposium

Hosted by Case Western Reserve University, The Office for Sustainability
The effects of Climate Change are already being felt across the globe. This symposium will explore the local impacts that directly shape the quality of life in northeast Ohio. An expert panel will discuss issues surrounding public health, agriculture, wildlife, the economy and the Great Lakes.

When:Tuesday, February 3rd, 2014
Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale University Center
6:30-8:30 pm
Price: Free

Register now

State of Green Business 2015

Join GreenBiz for the release of the eighth annual edition of State of Green Business, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual report.

When: February 3, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Register now

Cleveland Botanical Garden Sustainability Symposium 2015


Awaken from your winter slumber and join us for our 10th annual Sustainability Symposium where we’ll celebrate all things tree. We are very pleased to present Pete Nelson of Nelson Treehouse Supply and Treehouse Masters fame as our keynote for this milestone symposium.

When: Saturday, February 7, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Register now

Discover Global Markets: Sustainable Solutions

Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, in cooperation with NASA, Discover Global Markets: Sustainable Solutions addresses the link between sustainability and global business opportunities. This conference is for professionals in all industries who seek insights into global market trends, and want to meet experienced and knowledgeable, in-country contacts.

When: February 9 – 11, 2015

Register Now

January CRT Recap

What a great start to 2015!

Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Business Practices Blog! We launched the blog in January 2015.
Learn more about Center and its programs on the About page.

In our first post we would like to share the photos and the power point presentations from the last CRT event that took place on January 9th.

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Speaker’s Power Point Slides

Matthew Gray – City of Cleveland

Mike Wasserman – Kalman & Pabst Photo Group

Dennis Wolcott – Parker Hannifin

The speakers focused on sustainable business practices at Parker Hannifin, Kalman & Pabst Photo Group and the Climate Action Plan for the City of Cleveland.

January CRT Speakers:

Matt Gray is Director in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland. Matt led development of Cleveland’s community wide Climate Action Plan as well as the Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan. Before joining the City, Matt completed a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Mauritius, where he researched climate change impacts and adaptation governance. Prior to receiving this grant, he served four years with the US Department of Energy, where he chaired two interagency working groups on green building and greenhouse gas management.

Dennis Walcott’s duties as Parker Hannifin’s Global Resource Conservation and  Energy Programs Manager include managing Parker Hannifin’s environmental footprint and  $150 million global energy spend. These duties also include waste management, water management, value chain reduction, reducing energy intensity/use with demand side (efficiency) management programs, global energy procurement, Managing Parker’s green energy/carbon footprint reduction strategy. He has worked at Parker for his entire 16 year career.

Mike Wasserman started his career at Kalman & Pabst Photo Group (KP Photo) as an intern in 2004. After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, Mike came back to KP Photo as a freelance assistant and was quickly hired on as a full-time assistant. Over the years he progressed from photographer to coordinator/producer and then business manager in 2010. With the support of Jan Kalman and Bob Pabst, the company’s founders, Mike recieved his MBA from Cleveland State University in 2013. In January of 2015, Mike and Craig Brown (another long-term employee) purchased KP Photo.

Kalman & Pabst Photo Group is located in MidTown Cleveland. The 18,000 square foot studio features an abundance of natural light, solar panels, three working kitchens for food stylists, client workspaces, a warm fireplace and rustic warehouse aesthetics, and a prop room the size of an average house.

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